Origami Society of Toronto announces workshop for adults and children

For those of you living in the Toronto area, we have just been notified that the Origami Society of Toronto is doing a workshop for adults and children! This is the first public workshop they’re doing for 2014 and it will feature models derived from the helmet and fish bases.

The workshop is happening on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 2-4 pm.

Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch
40 Orchard View Boulevard
(1 block north of Yonge & Eglinton)
Toronto Ontario M4R 1B9

The event is intended for beginners and is best suited to adults and children over age 10. The program draws on the Society’s broad collective knowledge of origami resources and best practices for teaching beginners and includes little-known models by local designers, as well as better-known and traditional ones.

Instructor: Robin Matsumoto.

Admission: Web registration required. Visit origamitoronto.org.

Origami Society of Toronto was founded in 1986 as a club for advanced folders and enthusiasts. Like origami itself, the Society has been affected profoundly and positively by world-wide technological and social changes. Today, the Society continues to evolve while remaining true to its mandate to promote the appreciation and practice of origami in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Benefits of Origami for Seniors

Seniors Origami Activity at Fox Manor

Seniors Origami Activity at Fox Manor

There are many seniors especially those who are retired who like to stay active. They are always on the lookout for projects and activities that can help time pass and stimulate their bodies and minds. One great activity for seniors is origami. Many people think that origami is just for kids, but it can be great for seniors too. Learning origami can improve brain function. Therefore it is not only ideal for children but senior citizens too.

Brain Exercise

Origami is actually good exercise for the brain. Learning how to fold paper can help create new neural pathways in the brain. There are many patterns available ranging from easy to challenging so origami is a great activity to keep seniors occupied and prevent them from being bored. Origami can be challenging but at the same time it is a very affordable hobby. Origami paper can be brought from most office supply or art supply store and there are many books and even free videos online that can help seniors learn how to do origami.

One of the most popular patterns is the paper crane. Japanese children learn to fold the crane early in their lives. Origami is a tranquil activity that does not require plenty of muscle. It relaxes the mind while keeping the hands occupied. There are many things you can make with a single sheet of paper. Folding designs can help seniors ward off depression and if done in a social setting help them keep in touch or make new friends.

Hand-Eye Coordination

Origami is also great for hand and eye coordination. The use of the hands can help stimulate the locomotor part of the brain. This is especially helpful for seniors that suffered stroke. It is a good form of physical therapy. Paper folding stimulates the cognitive area of the brain. When the hands are active, electrical impulses are sent to the brain activating the right and left hemisphere. Aside from stroke therapy it can also help with seniors who are undergoing injury rehabilitation.

Seniors can also get emotional satisfaction from origami. When one finishes a certain design there is a feeling of satisfaction and pride. The more challenging the design; the greater the satisfaction. 3D comprehension and imagination are also stimulated.

Aside from decorations, there are many designs seniors can do with origami. There are gift boxes, party decorations, organizers and toys. Origami activates the whole brain. Not only will seniors retain and develop their hand-eye coordination but it can also help them retain their sequencing skills, attention skills, math reasoning, visual skills and social skills.

Other Benefits

It can also help with manual dexterity, fractions, creativity, measurement and help improve reasoning. While many people do not think this is important to seniors, in many aspects it is. Many seniors are left by themselves the whole day, others reside in retirement homes. Even if origami for seniors is usually viewed as entertainment, the other benefits mentioned above can boost a senior’s self worth and keep them happy and entertained.

Using Math to Make Complicated Origami Sculptures

What is Origami? Origami used to be flapping birds and toys. However origami today has evolved into an art form or even sculpture. The common in origami is folding. Probably the most common form of origami is the crane. Every Japanese child learns to fold this shape. But has everything that can be done with origami already done?

In a video I recently watched, Robert Lang talks about how origami, math and engineering principles have changed the way we fold paper today.   He has found a way to merge math with origami creating mind blowing intricate pieces that are not only beautiful but have real life applications too. This scientific approach has made it possible for origami artists to create shapes not possible before. His repertoire includes a replica of a cuckoo clock, a snake with 1000 scales and a 2 foot allosaurus skeleton. All of this is the product of a software he created. He has been practicing origami for over 40 years and is recognized as an origami master and engineer.

He tells us that origami is useful in the real world. The structures developed in origami have real life applications in medicine, consumer electronics, space and more. For example Koryo Miura studied a simple folding pattern which he used to design a solar array which flew in space in 1995. The eye glass telescope had a 100 meter diameter lens which used origami techniques to fold to be shipped in space. Heart stents grafts inspired by origami are also being used to hold open blocked arteries. This stent used an origami pattern called the water bomb base. Airbag designers also benefit from origami by getting flat sheets into a small space.

Clearly origami has evolved from being a child’s hobby to a fantastic art form and even as a means to solve modern day problems. Time might even come when origami can save lives.

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