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…

Origins of Inspiration

From 2009-2012 I taught English at a public school in a bucolic, little Washi no Sato, or paper village, in Echizen, Japan. ¬†It was there my love of paper and origami originated. After school I often visited the art club. The students would try to teach me how to fold a basic tsuru (crane). At…