Origami and attention to detail. Why beautiful things are created by remarkable people. Like you.

I found this site via Chris Atherton (@finiteattention on Twitter), a User Experience expert who happens to have a great eye for detail: http://www.myowlbarn.com/2011/09/dinh-truong-giang-origami.html

It’s not a site about technology, or learning. It’s a site about something beautiful, created by somebody with a remarkable talent. Origami is the art of paper folding, and has the advantage of being reasonably accessible to everyone. You can learn to fold a crane in minutes (and a frog in half an hour) and produce a dramatic piece of paper art. The origami here though is of a different league. Somehow, the artist has bought the paper to life. It’s not just a basic shape that’s been created, but rather a character, with nuance and detail that gives the creatures identity and depth.

For me, this expression of the art represents the place where the foundation of technical ability is so strong that the artist is able to focus on something extra. On the detail. On the expression that brings it to life. You couldn’t learn to do this from a book, it would have to come from an instinctive understanding of how the paper moves and creases, how the material reacts to every touch, coupled with an understanding of how the whole form is appreciated, like in a painting, how it speaks.

This familiarity can only come through practice and experience, coupled with an ability to visualise the end result, so that the act of creation, the actual movement of your hands, becomes secondary to the vision that’s within your mind. Or at least, that’s how i’d describe the experience of painting, the closest i can get to this.

Whilst i don’t want to come across as too abstract or amateur art critic, for me there is something in the final product here that speaks of both technical and creative expression, something that tells of a total attention to detail to create the story.

Have a look at the magical creations here: http://community.thisiscentralstation.com/_Mysterious-paper-sculptures/blog/4991767/126249.html

Again, they represent both technical and artistic excellence. Attention to detail is often an abstract phrase that we use to mean ‘do it better’, but taken to the ultimate extreme, this is the result: something for which every detail has been given attention!

So next time we think about ‘attention to detail’, it’s worth considering how much more this can mean than simply ‘getting it right’. Creating something beautiful is not just the preserve of artists, words can be beautiful too, if we craft them carefully and stop to reflect and consider every angle of our approach.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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1 Response to Origami and attention to detail. Why beautiful things are created by remarkable people. Like you.

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