I happened to catch this movie on PBS on Sunday night, and I have been haunted by the images and the information ever since.
art by Chris K. Palmer
Vanessa Gould’s film Between the Folds is about origami and the myriad ways in which artists and scientists have worked within its tradition, pushed its boundaries and even adapted it for practial use in the sciences. The rule is to fold a square piece of paper and to create a three-dimensional form only by folding, no scissors, no tape, no glue. You will be astounded to see how wonderfully various the responses to those parameters are.
I love paper. I get giddy in paper stores. I lived in Japan for two years, and although I never got the hang of origami, I came home with a suitcase full of Japanese paper. I learned to make books from washi and chiyogami, and I took what I learned and adapted it to other purposes: a paper quilt, memory boxes, photo frames. This film has become part of my magpie paper collection. Art that stirs the soul.