In an increasingly digital world, we consciously want to explore mediums that involve us using our “hands” and in turn our bodies to “make” things. In keeping with this idea we organized an Origami workshop with origami artist Aditi Anuj in October 2019.
Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper involves the simultaneous use of both hands which stimulates both sides of the brain and improves hand-eye coordination. The continuous folding with hands can slow down the mind and is in that sense almost meditative. It increases mindfulness and allows one to become aware of the present moment.
The full day workshop by Aditi introduced the participants to the basics of modular origami. The participants learnt three modules with variations. The beautiful colors lent a vibrancy to the entire exercise and folding together in a group there was wonderful exchange, allowing the participants to teach and learn from each other.
Of her two degrees in textiles, Aditi earnt 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.
Aditi strongly believes in the subliminal convergence of science, design & art in folding a single piece of paper.
Aditi started her Origami practice in Mumbai and moved to Gurgaon in the first half of 2019. She has been practising Origami for 8 years. 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 recent claim to fame is 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 laps up opportunities of conducting workshops all over the country. Aditi’s enterprising approach to the craft has opened up the world of Origami to a diverse range of enthusiasts: from a two-year-old girl to an eighty-year-old gentleman.