Greyson vs. Bryn: Origami Showdown

Origami is a Japanese art form where one folds paper into decorative shapes and figures. Senior Greyson Roberts has been doing origami since second grade, and junior Bryn Aytes has been doing origami for almost a year now, but the art has been around since about 1688.

Since the occasion Aytes has practiced continuously and fallen in love with origami. Not many people still fold paper 328 years after the art’s creation. Our school has two men who rise to the occasion and keep the origami dream alive. One may say origami is too hard and time-consuming, but not Aytes and Roberts.

“It’s kinda like art I guess, it’s just relaxing,” said Roberts.

Though the art may be difficult to some, Greyson and Bryn say it’s good for your mental health.

“A lot of things say making stuff with your hands, like mathematical patterns, like origami helps your brain and helps you get smarter,” Roberts said.

While Roberts is somewhat of a veteran origamist, Aytes is new to the world in this aspect. Without Roberts, Aytes may have never began the art of folding.

“That guy right there (Roberts) was gone one day in coding class and we were like, who’s going to make origami for us? I was like, I will. So I totally botched making a paper crane,” said Aytes.

He has since practiced and is more than capable of a simple crane. Some of his pieces have even taken days. As for the crane, it is both of their favorite thing to fold.

Just like a sport, in origami practice makes perfect.

“It’s really not that difficult.  Once you start doing it you get better and better. It’s pretty fun too, and since you don’t have much to do at school, you can just grab a piece of paper and start folding,” Roberts said.

For these two, the art is a relaxing break from their day. For all of us who are not as talented, it’s something we can look at and enjoy. Though origami is somewhat of a lost art, these two keep it alive.

“The most interesting part about origami is just seeing something that’s completely flat and an everyday object just become something complex and so much more,” Aytes said.