Mechanical Origami Will Change The Way You Look At Japanese Origami Forever
30 June 2018
Self-taught japanese designer Haruki Nakamura created incredible paper toys. These mechanical origami designs are called Kamikara.
Inspired by the pop-up Art, these models unfold, jump and magically transform thanks to an ingenious paper mechanism which folds and unfolds in one swift movement
Watch how a flat stack of paper instantly springs into a three-dimensional penguin in the blink of an eye.
In his videos Mr. Nakamura shows the amazing paper creations in action. Once they're dropped on the table they magically springs to life, turning into a plump penguin, a frog or a robot.
These unique designs have caught everyone’s attention online, with some videos reaching millions of views.
This type of papercraft is called “Kamikara“, which is an amalgamation of the Japanese words for paper (kami) and mechanism, or trick (karakuri). Using a series of folds and connections, this ingenious paper mechanism folds and unfolds in one swift movement.
How does he do it?
They have hidden rubber bands that create enough tension without ripping apart the paper. The bands work the same way as springs and coils in gadgets.
Haruki Nakamura has also released a book called “Paper Mechanism: Let’s play with Kamikara!“. People can purchase the designs sold in the book and in a few simple step-by-step instructions can recreate their own mechanical origami.
The Book also includes animals like koalas and rabbits, and a papercraft version of Funassyi, the beloved pear mascot who unofficially represents the city of Funabashi, in Chiba Prefecture.
The book retails for 1,944 yen (US$17.75) and can be purchased from Japanese bookstores or online retailers like Rakuten and Amazon Japan.
|Written by: Julia Wright|