After a summer hiatus working as an ESL instructor at an International summer camp here in Ontario, I’m back at it-folding and working on new jewelry for the upcoming Christmas season. If you are in the Toronto area, mark your calendars for the December 14th Toronto Etsy Street Team Christmas Marketplace being held at the Church of St.Stephen-in-the-Fields in Kensington Market from 11:00AM – 5:30PM. Come out and get some original hand-made christmas gifts from local artisans.
Here are some pics of some new things I have made and are up in the FoldIT Creations Etsy shop. Enjoy!
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!
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!