The comparison between origami and music is recognized by most origamists; one receives a diagram for the model, the partition, and folds it adding his own touches, the interpretation. The designer of the model would thus be the composer. Robert J. Lang takes this analogy to its limits by organizing his masterpieces in opuses.
Of course I can only agree, but instead of thinking of origami as classical music, I would rather undertake a jazz approach. In some of my titles you will read improvised on an Eric Joisel Piece for example, well, that’s because that is how I see it. Just like in the piano, one should start with classical diagrams, and end up improvising on crease patterns. A good way to start would be folding with Eric Joisel who gives you an amazing human pattern that could be transformed into any human figure you want. I think a folder’s creation should be interpreted in the most personal way not only in design but also in composition; the picture, or the accompanying jazz chords. By taking the melody, or origami model, and placing it in different scenarios, or harmonies, you are changing the soul of the art. This is why I try my best to add sceneries in my pictures and not just a bland background even though it is sometimes hard to do so (like with Lang’s Koi, because it reflects a lot of light). Also, origami has a rhythm to it; one folds at a different pace using different techniques. In my case, I tend to fold box pleated models faster than ones that derive from traditional bases for example, but I also fold Lang works faster than Mabona’s, because its jazz.
I started folding from diagrams with imprecise creases, then crease patterns with a bone folder, and eventually I began to improvise a process that differs from design. I was introduced to origami the same way everybody is as a child: through the origami boat and plane. I was about 6 years old when a woman taught me how to make a boat from an A4 paper. I don’t remember who she is, but little did she know that she was throwing me on a path that would determine my life.
I was having trouble learning how to read, but my parents soon took note of the paper fleet that was amassing in my bedroom and decided to buy me origami books. I swallowed book after book and folded from every artist out there and eventually taught myself how to design, even though my first design was actually a mistake.
During this evolution I had many phases of ups and downs, one just can’t fold all the time. I learned eventually to accept this, but in my childhood I would frequently go through phases where I just couldn’t fold anymore. It dragged on from weeks to months. If you are a new folder you will know exactly what I mean soon, but know that this is expected in all arts it builds character to come back from inactivity and fold! But eventually I learned that all arts follow this pattern. Other than folding I learned how to paint and play music along with many other sportive activities such as Capoeira and Parkour.
Also, here is a little tip for beginner folders, another personal view. Some people might think that videos are the best way to start folding. Well that is sort of true, but it is comparable to learning music by repeating what another musical does. In my old music conservatory in Damascus, a Russian teacher would put two pianos in a room and he would play on one and I would imitate him. Viewing videos could be the last resort when one is lost in folds, but I would not recommend it as not to lose the benefits origami presents such as developing your sense of geometry, your patience, and the personal touch that you add to a model. So don’t be lazy by watching videos!!!
My Dream is to one day go to an international origami convention, and eventually to help send other Syrian children as well.