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FEATURE appreciate art in an intellectual from within. I can teach you to "Enjoyment, I think, comes sense, but I can't reach you to enjoy it." sometimes it's better to start with a simple model. "Start with something relatively small and easy, and work your way up. I've seen people who immediately turn to the back of the book to fold the most complex, most impressive piece shown, and then get frustrated because it's too hard. Origami can cover an enormous range of difficulty, so there's something that's doable for almost everyone, and there's something that will test the limits of the skill of almost everyone," said Lang. However, even an expert can get stuck. For Lang, the hardest part of the process is achieving the desired emotional response. Because he has already achieved the technical goals, and knows how to fold the flaps in the correct ways, sometimes the piece can be technically correct, but still missing an emotional part, and that is tough to recognize. Origami is a great field to get into, and it is one of those things that almost has no barriers to start. All you need is a little instruction, a sheet of paper, and great enthusiasm. So what are you waiting, just grab a piece of paper, and start folding. Inside the mind of the artist: First steps of Origami The first thing is to decide what level of abstraction should be used. For a piano, do I just want the general shape, or do I want certain details? Then I start figuring out how the various parts of the subject get mapped to the paper: which parts come from where. These decisions can't be made independently, because there are (mathematical) constraints on how close or far the various parts can be from one another, and I'll also have some idea about some of the structures involved: how, for example, the wide piano body would have to narrow down to create the pedal structure. One I've worked out a rough plan (usually by sketching the crease pattern), then I'll take a sheet of paper and start folding. I might fold only portions of the design to begin with, to work out structures, mechanisms, and joints, for example, but after a bit of that, I'll take a large sheet and try to fold the entire thing. 78 MacDirectory

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