Before we go through the creative art in this post, you might want to get familiar with these terms first.
- Origami (折り紙), is a traditional Japanese paper folding art. Most of us know this.
- Kirigami (切り紙), a variant of origami, which includes paper folding and paper cutting. It typically doesn’t use glue.
- Karakuri (からくり), literally means mechanism, technique or trick. A karakuri puppet (からくり人形 karakuri ningyō) is a traditional Japanese mechanised puppet.
This post is about paper toy which combines all of them.
A Japanese designer and artist, Haruki Nakamura (なかむらはるき) has created an interesting toy made of paper with inner mechanism.
Nakamura was born in 1967 in Toyama Prefecture. When he was 27, he picked up a book called encyclopedia of paper craft techniques, which interest him to try the art form. Thus, changed his life since then.
Years later, he combined the mechanical trick used in karakuri to his paper crafts. This let him create paper dolls that could assembles themselves when given specific movement such as poking, pressing or prodding.
Nakamura has made his fascinating creations available at his online shop, but recently, they only shipped within Japan.
However, if you are not residing in Japan, you can learn to create your own with this book, Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move.
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