Origami Workshop with NID, Ahmedabad Alumni
IIAD Students of 2 disciplines – Interior Architecture and Design and Fashion Design recently participated in a series of Origami Workshops conducted by Ms. Aditi Anuj at the college campus. Ms. Aditi Anuj has a double degree in textiles; earning the second one from the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. Her most recent well known works are the installations created for the second season of the Netflix Series – Sacred Games.
The workshop held for the Interior Architecture Design students helped them comprehend the importance of dimensions and perspectives, practically, as they played with space and shape through this paper folding technique. The process of creating in a single medium acted as a means for innovative ways to ideate and design.
The Fashion Design students explored Origami as a dress form where the focus was to develop a better understanding of the human body. They experimented with usage of different pleats as a part of the dress – ranging from the collar, neckline to the corset and the sleeves. This helped them explore and understand the diverse structures that simple folds can create such as the mountain and valley fold and also the expandable and collapsible structures that are essential to designing any outfit. This workshop offered the Fashion Design students an opportunity to practice “Zero Waste” pattern making.
The Origami workshops concluded with a display of the colourful array of artefacts created. The key learning outcome of these workshops was the way in which they aided students in understanding the nature and properties of the material and the methods of manipulating it while simultaneously inculcating the discipline required to be able to work with specific resources under pre-established guidelines.
Origami, the popular Japanese art of transforming square papers into finished artefacts, is much more than just a paper folding technique. Origami allows not just the expression of creativity, but is also a great exercise to build logical reasoning and aesthetical understanding. This hands-on learning technique demands acute hand-eye coordination and provides an opportunity to comprehend and construct materials while negotiating aspects like shape, space and dimension. Various Origami folds can be combined in a variety of ways to create intricate designs and forms.
About the Trainer
Aditi Anuj has a double degree in textiles; earning the second one from the prestigious
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Having realized the nuances of Origami while still in college, Aditi’s education in design encouraged her to follow her artistic calling of this craft. Over the years, she has explored a wide range of scales: from folding miniature pieces of papers, to hanging 200 kg heavy installations, 20 feet in the air. Her most recent popular works are the installations created for the second season of the Netflix Series – Sacred Games. Aditi aims to share the joys of folding with everyone she connects with; she strongly believes in spreading the art and thus conducts workshops all over the country.