Tuesday, November 13th, 2007




Kirigami is a variation of origami where the artist is allowed to make small cuts in the paper (from Japanese “kiru” = to cut, “kami” = paper). This enables the artist to enhance the visual presentation of the artwork, at the expense of simplicity. In origami, papercutting is frowned upon by the majority of modern folders, as techniques have advanced enough to make cutting unecessary for a skilled folder.

Kirigami is usually made when certain folds are made in the paper to make a base, or the model without the cuts in it. Then, cuts are made in the base. When all the cuts are made, the base is opened out and flattened to make the finished kirigami. Usually symmetrical objects are made, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.

– Wikipedia

Collage from lilzabubba’s Flickr set

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Get your dose of Kirigami tutorials here.

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There’s a Kirigami web app too, where you can edit wedges by cutting polygons out of it, then showing the results when the paper is unfolded. It lets you create and edit an entire stack of figures, too. Would be neat if you can print it, though.

LINK (requires Java)

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There’s also a book by Jeffrey Rutzky:
Kirigami book

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