History of "purist" principles of origami

The history of paperfolding
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Chris Lott
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History of "purist" principles of origami

Post by Chris Lott » Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:50 pm

I'm searching for references to the idea of "purist" principles of origami. In which publications have such ideas been referenced or proposed? Where are significant discussions (not---just---heated debate) about the idea?

Other than some articles by David Lister on the BOS site...in "To Glue or Not to Glue" -- http://www.britishorigami.info/academic/lister/glue.php -- Lister cites Robert Harbin's _Paper Magic_ as the earliest source for a few principles.

I'm just beginning my search in earnest about this topic...so any pointers are very welcome!

Tamsyn Francoise
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Re: History of "purist" principles of origami

Post by Tamsyn Francoise » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:17 am

Hi Chris,
Maybe have a look at
http://www.bitsofsmith.co.uk ( John Smith´s website)
In the rubrique "Art, origami, Education " or " Origami profiles", for example..
The whole website is a great source of informations.
I am sure it will help in your search...
Good Luck
Tamsyn Francoise

Edwin Corrie
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Re: History of "purist" principles of origami

Post by Edwin Corrie » Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:12 am

This is a very interesting topic for research. Harbin's "Paper Magic" (as quoted by David Lister) must be one of the earliest sources. Before this there were quite a few books with simple paperfolding models in them, but paperfolding was often thought of together with paper cutting and weaving, and I don't think the question of "pure" paperfolding really came up much. Perhaps it was a self-imposed goal of people like Elias and Rohm, which somehow became accepted as the norm. The early Japanese masters like Yoshizawa and Honda used cutting and multi-piece models.

I'll see if I can find any other early references. Please do post your findings here as well.

I'm sure David Lister would have enjoyed contributing to the discussion.

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