My new favorite origami design is actually a simple one. The 8-point modular star. When I learn a new design that can be turned into jewelry I usually become obsessed with that one design for at least 2 weeks. I fold it over and over until it is imprinted into my mind and I could do it with my eyes closed. It is border line obsessive behavior. There is something satisfying to me about modular origami; folding multiple pieces that interlock to form a solid, sturdy geometric form.
The following link is to a youtube video for all you DIY people who want to try it. Keep in mind, the actual video is for making a Christmas ornament, but its the general design thats important. It’s really simple, you just have to have patience, time and some awesome chiyogami paper. Fold On!
When I learn a new design, I kind of go overboard; folding it until I’m sick of it. Right now this if my new favorite design. Keep warm Toronto!
Brrrrr! Today was absolutely freezing here in Toronto! I braved the cold, wrapped in layers and my favorite hand-knitted puffin mittens from Newfoundland, I cycled down to Queen West in search of more papers. It has become an weekly occurrence now, Thursday paper runs. I get in the terrible of habit of buying new chiyogami paper with some motif that I absolutely love, working with it until I am sick of it, then heading back to The Paper Place the following week for a new fix wether I need paper or not. I guess you could say I am a bit of a paper junkie. Chiyogami is my like my artistic crack. Thank God they have a massive selection to keep me pacified. ^_^
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On my walks though the Annex (the Toronto neighborhood where I live) I find a lot of old books left on sidewalks by their owners. They are usually old or damaged and continue to sit there until the trash collector comes. I started taking them a while back but not really knowing what I would do with them. I just couldn’t bare to see them rained on, snowed on and left to the elements. Well I am pleased to say that I have been able to give them a second chance as beautiful literary origami jewelry. Everyone deserves a second chance!