Exhibition showcases creations of origami enthusiasts

Exhibition showcases creations of origami enthusiasts

Remember your first foray into origami: that covert operation of folding a paper airplane from scrap paper beneath your desk, then taking aim at the back of an unsuspecting classmate's head?

Eleven-year-old Dominic Lim may not be far from those mischievous schooldays, but he is also capable of more complicated designs such as a ship and a cow.

"Origami is a lot more exciting than what most of my friends think," says the Primary 5 pupil at St Hilda's Primary. He is the youngest of more than 20 members of an origami society here. The oldest member is 74 years old.

Origami Singapore, an unofficial society of origami enthusiasts which started in the mid-1980s, is organising a roving exhibition of about 200 foldedpaper creations with the support of the National Library Board. They can be viewed at various public libraries from Sunday till Nov 29.

Called Origami: From Traditional To Modern, the showcase includes a yellow phoenix by Mr Wil Chua, 39, a project manager. There is also a Maine lobster fashioned from bronzed brown paper and a green praying mantis - complete with curled feelers and feet - by student Li Cheng Lei, 19.

Dominic picked up the Japanese art of paper folding two years ago, and has since progressed to learning more complex designs from books and YouTube videos.

Says the pupil, who takes up to 40 minutes to fold each model: "It is very satisfying to fold something and have something nice in your hands at the end of it."

Three of his origami pieces - a cow, a ship and a model of a cardinal - will be exhibited. Organisers Pek Tiong Boon, 59, and Benjamin Tan, 36, are also chipping in with their own pieces.

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