first mention of a modular origami in a written source dates back to 1734 year.The book, written by Hayato Ohoko contained an engraved picture of a few traditional origami figures, among which is a modular cube.Traditionally, much greater popularity enjoyed classical origami, in which the figures are formed from a single sheet of paper.In the 60s in the US, Robert Neil modular origami published several books, which sold in large quantities.A little later, this almost forgotten technique returned to Japan, where he is not inferior to the popularity of traditional origami.
Modular origami involves folding the figures of many identical modules, which, however, can be of different types.This feature distinguishes the modular origami on multisheeted classic origami, where parts of the work, as a rule, are not repeated.The modules are connected by simply putting them into each other.Thus, they hold due to friction.However, in complex models individual pieces joined by glue or crosslinked for additional stability.
at various smaller modules can be connected to receive a wide variety of designs.Assembling shape vaguely reminiscent of the work with the designer Lego.Figures modular Origami may be flat and three-dimensional.It works include colorful flat polygons, stars, rings and turntables.Three-dimensional figures presented regular polyhedra and compositions of them.Difficult work in this technique, consisting of hundreds of small modules that can depict animals, popular characters from anime, historical sites, etc.
Kusudama - one of the most popular sites in modular origami.This figure is a ball that is collected from the modules to the form of flowers.Traditionally, Japanese used Kusudama for patients.Inside the ball is placed fragrant herbs and hung it over the bed of the patient.Now Kusudama used to decorate homes, balconies, porches and patios.
most complex figures in this technique are modules Sonobe.Mitsunobu Sonobe created a system of modular origami, which allows you to collect any three-dimensional structure.It is based on the module Sonobe representing a parallelogram with two pockets for the connection with the same modules.