My apologies. This most was intended to be posted last year but I discovered it was missed. MB
Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”; kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami.
The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be different colors or prints. Traditional Japanese origami, which has been practiced since the Edo era (1603–1867), has often been less strict about these conventions, sometimes cutting the paper or using non-square shapes to start with.
We have a student that takes this ancient art and practices it today. Trevor Bosma. Trevor has been kind enough to produce several dragons for me, which are beautiful. My love of dragons is well known, these however with somewhere around 100 folds have that special personal touch that is given by an Origami artist. These touch my heart and my love of dragons.
I want to extend a special “Thank You” to Trevor and encourage him to keep doing the ancient art of Origami.