Originally posted on GoodMorningGloucester:
For my second-to-last origami post during World Origami Days, I am going to address a popular misconception (and at the end put in another plug for a Christmas origami class here in Gloucester).
Often when I mention that I do and teach origami, people say something like, “Oh, that must be great for working with kids!” While it is certainly true that children often like origami, and that many origami books and kits are aimed at children, it is a mistake to reduce origami to a children’s activity. That would be sort of like saying that drawing or painting is for kids because there are a lot of crayons, magic markers, and watercolor kits are marketed to children.
One’s enjoyment and ability at origami have little to do with age. For example, at the annual origami convention in New York City, participants range in age from small children to senior citizens. There are active origami clubs at prestigious universities – some of the most impressive origami I’ve ever seen has come out of the MIT’s origami club, OrigaMIT. Check out OrigaMIT member Brian Chan’s “Attack of the Kraken” (the photo is from his website):