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Arti Saparia

Arti Saparia

Arti Saparia

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, recently said Indians are not creative how do you assess the importance of Origami in creative development of a child?

Origami is composed form Japanese words “oru (to fold)” and “kami(paper)”.Paper was first invented in china around 105 A.D. and was brought to Japan in sixth century. Handmade paper was a luxury item and available to a few and paper folding in ancient Japan was strictly foe ceremonial purpose, often religious in nature.
Origami is entertainment for the soul, gymnastic for the mind and training for the hands. Origami helps us to develop motor abilities for both the hands, intellectual and creative abilities and activates left and right brain. It helps us in developing motor abilities for both the hands, intellectual abilities, creative abilities, imagination, attention, memory and patience. The latest research on the brain states that when both hands are engaged in an activity impellent motor impulses activates the language portion of the brain.

Not many schools enlist Origami as their main co-curricular activity however in Japan from where this art has originated it is an important aspect of their culture. What message would you like to convey to encourage them for including Origami in their syllabus?

Origami should be included in the curriculum syllabus as it is a stepping stone in understanding Architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, Robotics, Mathematics(geometry, fractions, problem solving) and space technologies. Its not just a blank paper, it’s a world of creativity, a world of imagination, a medium to increase dexterity of little hands, the first step of engineering and learning a great value and catharsis.

The workshop was held at RIMC, a military training academy. What role can Origami play in the life of a cadet?

Origami helps in developing motor abilities for both hands, intellectual abilities, creative abilities, imagination, attention, memory and patience, it also helps in development of right and left hemisphere of the brain. Therefore it helps every individual to perform to the best of his abilities in life.

In your Vow School Outreach Workshop, you mentioned that origami could be used in space. How?

That’s another area of applying folded patterns, structures and mechanisms from origami to deployables in space, in particular, things that are big and flat in space, like solar arrays, telescopes or antennas. Origami can improve their performance by providing a folding pattern that meets engineering needs, usually by providing a way to bring space objects down to a much smaller size in a controllable way.

Where else can origami be applied?

There are a lot of different fields like product design, packaging, consumer goods, containers, and sometimes just things that you want to make smaller, like furniture that collapses down for storage or shipping. Origami can also be used for purely decorative forms, for example, to create architectural facades and diffusers for lighting. Origami is also useful for medical devices. As an example, implants, should be small when they go in the body, but once they are inside, they should expand.

What role has Origami played in your personal and professional life?

Origami has been helpful to me personally as this gives me a systematic way to perform a given work. Professionally it gives me a tool to bring out hidden capabilities in an individual to perform well in life.

Lastly, how would you describe your experience as being part of the V0W workshop at RIMC?

I would like to thank VoW for providing me a great platform with RIMC for displaying my work.It was a great experience of having a bunch of budding intellectuals performing small brain twisting exercises with me. Would also like to thank Ms Naina Negi an aspiring architecture student who has taken origami as a stepping stone to achieve her goals in life.

About the Interviewee:

Arti Saparia is a creative professional who is an expert in origami,sculptures and so much more.

She has 15 years of hands-on experiences in conducting the above mentioned modules in some institutions of Dehradun and Mussoorie like Mussoorie International School, Hope Town School, The Doon Girls School, Asian School, DIT University, Doon University.