Long looming domestic confinement days. Certainly, television consumption is going to skyrocket in the coming days, both open and through online platforms, but beyond the screens there is an unfathomable menu of options to spend time without thinking about the threat of happy coronavirus. There are many hours to kill, but little space to do it. In most cases, this time will have to pass of uncertainty between the square meters of each house.
In these very particular circumstances, an activity as simple, affordable and inexpensive as origami is revealed as an infallible weapon to keep your hands busy while avoiding the mind to remain concerned. Knows it well andhe Madrid architect Manuel Carrasco, who has been living the art of folding papers for eleven years and today has the honor of being one of the Spain’s leading origami experts.
Passion for origami
In 2011, when the crisis knocked down the expectations of the future of his profession, he decided to open in Madrid a place dedicated to Japanese origami, a technique he discovered visiting the Japanese pavilion at the Seville Expo in 1992, and which he has been walking for then in love.
In the last decade, for Minimum Origami, his small shop-workshop in the Chamberí neighborhood, many customers have passed interested in buying the materials, paper figures and manuals he sells. But, above all, dozens of students of all ages have paraded to whom he has transmitted his passion for origami in the classes he teaches daily. “And there is a rule that never fails: as soon as they are done with the handling of folding papers, everyone runs out of time without realizing it. It is usual for the time to end the class and they ask in surprise: have we finished yet? “He explains.
In Carrasco’s opinion, origami has balsamic effects for the mind and gymnastics for the hands. “Those minutes and hours that you spend pending to fold the piece of paper to create the figure you are looking for, you are so concentrated on that task that you do not think about anything else. You forget the worries and it goes from your head to the notion of time, “he acknowledges.
In the case of minors, that these days they walk around the house bored hand over hand or pending on tablets and TV, profit multiplies. “They are at the age of mental development and origami helps them train fine motor skills and spatial sense. It also forces them to stay focused on a fixed task, something fundamental in that phase of their lives,” said this expert.
And above, it’s a cheap art. “With a few square papers and the tutorials on the internet, the hours of domestic confinement fly by without the need for large outlays,” says Carrasco, creator of paper figures that have been used in advertising campaigns for brands such as Coca-Cola. Cola or Loewe.
In the coronavirus quarantine, origami is presented as a window to escape without having to leave the living room. Through these YouTube videos you can learn to easily make figures like the crane, the fox, the fish and the rabbit. When you are confined, you can have a real paper zoo at home.