When it comes to the arts, I’m what some might call a novice, and what others might call less artistic than Picasso’s stool. I see things with my mind’s eye that just cannot possibly be communicated all the way down to my clumsy hands. The only reason I grow a beard is to hide all the fork wounds on my chin from when I miss my mouth. But I digress; origami is not my thing.
A recent Buzzfeed post was created to test the mental strength of all human beings, showcasing 10 diagrams for DIY Star Wars origami. This website has been around for years, and has a few other projects, like creatures from Pitch Black and Starship Troopers. But you have to put a limit on things. Ten diagrams is a round enough number. And I decided to try five of them.
Let me be clear that D.I.Y. soon took on the meaning “don’t injure yourself,” as in “don’t injure yourself with any sharp objects you happen to see lying around after you’ve nearly folded a paper to pulp.” I’m already at a handicap by not having “colored paper,” and I wonder why this had to become a race issue. And from step one to step two, confusion seeps into my bones, and I know I will fail.
Back to the drawing board. Clean slate, as they say. Tabula Rasa, if you will. What the…Somehow my paper caught on fire.
How about we just stop pretending that I’m going to actually do one of these properly, and just get to the results. Give them a try yourself and tell me how you did. I’ll be the one still screaming over the sound of crumpling.