Posts Tagged ‘Origami’
Here’s a really fun paper craft you can try out – besides being mesmerizing by itself, it makes a great alternative to a card! Try it out as a belated Halloween card, a birthday card, a holiday card!
Here’s a short animation to demonstrate it’s capabilities in action! (you may have to click the image)
Here are two templates for the Paper Kaleidescope – just save and print!
The Paper Place
It is that time of year again, The Paper Place is giving you the opportunity to dig right in to our beautiful paper off-cuts. Come and purchase one of two bag sizes and fill it up! As long as we can close the bag, the scraps inside are yours to keep. With beautiful papers such as Chiyogami, Katazome, Japanese tissues and decoratives, you’ll be sure to find something you love. The sale runs from 9am – 12 pm on Sunday, March 3rd before our regularly scheduled store hours, at 887 Queen Street West.
Such a fun sale generates a lot of foot traffic, so bear in mind that things can get very busy around the bins. Arrive early to assure you have enough time to collect neat supplies for your art and scrap-booking needs.
I am not what you would call a blackbelt in the art of origami but I couldn’t help but be tempted when I saw Genuine Origami by Jun Maekawa on our shelves. This book really covers it all. The instructional diagrams are very detailed and easy to follow while the written portions of the book give fantastic context for the principles and mathematics behind the system of folding.
The 43 models taught in this book range from as few as 14 folds all the way up to 144. While I wasn’t brave enough to tackle the complex models right out of the gate, I found that both the simple and intermediate levels were very accessible for my limited skill set (and patience level).
This Japanese macaque was labeled as a basic level and even with 43 folds, it was relatively easy to complete. The beginning of the book has a great outline on the techniques used and is extremely helpful in ensuring that you don’t get lost in all the dotted lines.
The next item on my list was the horse. An intermediate model seemed like a good challenge after my success with the primate. The folding methods used here were a little more complex than the last model and as you can see below, there were some very tiny folds to be made. This was where I really found the written theory in this book to be helpful.
This book is really an ideal starting place for new hobbyists as well as those who have been folding for a little while. The inclusion of mathematical principles and the history and theory behind it all really highlights the complexity of the art form while also making it very easy to understand as well as appreciate. While I didn’t find every design in the book extremely exciting, each one has a reason to be there and demonstrated a different theme in technique. I am sure that with enough time and patience even completely inexperienced crafters will be able to complete every design in this book.
As an added bonus, you also get to discover that there is actually a practical application for the quadratic equation you learned in high school. I bet you didn’t think it would be a paper horse!