Origami Notes

about Gonzalo Garcia Calvo and Origami

Always been considered as a Japanese art, Origami is the wonderful skill in paper folding. Distinct separate traditions around it arose in Europe, China, and Japan until the 20th century.

In China, traditional funerals often include the burning of folded paper, most often representations of gold nuggets, in Japan, the earliest unambiguous reference to a paper model is in a short poem by Ihara Saikaku — 1680 — which mentions a traditional butterfly design used during Shinto weddings, while in Europe, there was a well-developed genre of napkin-folding, which flourished during the 17th and 18th centuries. After this period, this genre declined and was mostly forgotten.


However, some of the techniques and bases associated with this tradition continued to be a part of European culture.

This is the case of Gonzalo Garcia Calvo, a Spanish musician based in Madrid and passionate about the art of Origami. He uses a variety of different techniques and papers to fold impressive animals, objects, and sci-fi figures designed by a number of top Origami artists.




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