ORIGAMI CREATURES | 6 WEEKS | FALL 2017 | COLLABORATION W/ ALEX LIN
Our goal for this project was to provoke a sense of delight/wonder in a young audience by creating origami-based creatures that interact with the child through the use of a simple, repeatable, mechanical system that reacts to the child’s presence with sensors.
We wanted to design a modular mechanical system both for efficiency of manufacturing and because the fragility of the paper we chose to use for the origami structure forced us to consider the possibility of having to replace the origami on the system. By choosing a similar system for each creature, we hoped to keep the option of replacing the creature open, should it be necessary.
We also wanted to give our creatures a personality and movement that corresponds to the motion of the origami structures created in order to give a natural feel to each creature, and allow the children to understand them as emotional/alive. This would allow the children to establish a different relationship with each creature, and develop a curiosity towards their reactions to their presence.