The Adaptable Lily

Origami is wonderfully adaptable. For example, the lily fold can be used in both a kusudama and floral design. I like the kusudama below for its simplicity. However, you can add additional pieces in the gaps to make a more intricate finished piece. Also, just changing the color of the paper can give it a…

Continuation of Kusudama

Prior to the holidays I had begun to talk about my discovery of kusudama. The allure of kusudama is that simple folds, or modules, can be combined into a more complex finished piece. Therefore it is possible for a beginner to create something that looks difficult while working repetitiously with easier folds. The final product becomes…

Year of the Rooster

Happy New Year! Rather than than write about some of my earlier works, I folded some timely pieces. 2017 is the year of the rooster! Pretty sure everyone knows by now that in Asian countries that years are tracked by the 12 zodiac signs. I find this a more creative and fulfilling way of tracking…

Hana Kusadama

On a dopamine rush from how easy it was to make butterflies, I decided to up my folding game. I was going to learn kusudama! Maybe it was my American “can do” attitude but I essentially went from beginner origami to high-intermediate. For anyone just picking up origami, I do not suggest following my example….

Chou – Fragile & Strong

After gaining confidence in being able to produce a clean, crisp results from working with cranes, I moved on to a basic chou, or butterfly, design. In retrospect I should have begun with this fold. The first folds are much the same as with cranes. However, the final steps are simpler to follow. Paper butterflies…

Tsuru Take Flight

There was a period of time when I was dealing with a great deal of anxiety and depression. It was shortly after learning to make paper cranes. I was producing mass quantities to memorize the folds and reduce stress. I ended up with quite a few nice final pieces and decided to make them into a…

Tsuru

Last time I mentioned a common origami fold, the tsuru. Tsuru literally translate to crane. This fold is the first origami I attempted to learn on my own. There are many ways to fold a crane so it took many attempts to find the one that suited my style. I always find a great sense…