Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Origami Green stars

Origami Green stars, originally uploaded by stopglobalwarming.

While enjoying a pot of Earl Grey at Cafe du Soleil yesterday morning, I watched as a Japanese woman taught her two young grandchildren the art of origami.

They were still quite little, but were already getting the hang of it, doing a much better job than I know I can. It was so lovely to be able to watch a tradition being passed down, and a family enjoying creativity together.

Folding paper to make something beautiful has always appealed to me. Somehow so simple and intricate at the same time, with the act of folding being art in and of itself. It is something I haven't ever really learnt how to do, save for the christmas decorations I made last year. I do have some origami paper stashed away though, so I think I must bring it out and have a go.

Have any of you tried it? Do you have a favourite object to make? I'd love to hear about it if you do!



The Little Mama said...

I was totally into origami when I was young! I had a big book on it (which I quite likely still have), and hundreds of sheets of origami paper. Man. I had forgotten about that! Our house was littered with teeny origami boxes everywhere.

Bird Bath said...

I adore origami too, we have a bit of paper and plenty of books around the place...but I need to put in a bit of practise!
I love the traditional crane - and my daughter can make those wishing stars pictured.

handmade romance said...

Oh these are so cute! I have been wanting to try some origami for a while now, more than the paper crane that is. Another thing to add to my to do list!

Mc Cranky! said...

the other day jere, in melbourne there was an osaka twilight festival, there was a big oragami tent set up with lovely japanese ladies teaching everone how to make crabs or boats. making lily's is my favouite!

becka said...

Ooh lilies! I'd like to try that. What a fun time that must have been!

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