Valentine’s Day 2014

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I’m BAAAACK!

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.

Toronto Etsy Street Team Christmas Market

Here are some pics of some new things I have made and are up in the FoldIT Creations Etsy shop.  Enjoy!

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Garnet, Jade and Pink Tourmaline Origami Crane Earrings

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Graduated Mexican Fire Opal Origami Crane Earrings

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Literary up-cycled book Origami Crane Earrings with Swarovski Crystals

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Stormy Blue Sakura Origami Crane Earrings with Labradorite

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Stormy Blue Origami Crane with Silver Chain Drop Earrings

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Pink Origami Crane Drop earrings with Aquamarine

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Graduated Fire Opal and Silver Origami Crane Earrings

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Tiny Pink Origami Dragonfly Earrings with Green Swarovski

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Brazilian Marbled Paper Origami Crane Earrings with Swarovski Crystals

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Pink and Mint Origami Crane Earrings with Faceted Quartz Beads

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Up-Cycled Book Series

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I am constantly exploring new designs with old, damaged books. A new way to enjoy a good book; wear it!

Note:  No new, healthy books were harmed in the making of these literary origami earrings.

Obsessive Behavior & Designs

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!

French Literary Modular Star Earrings

French Literary Modular Star Earrings

Various Modular Stars

Various Modular Stars

Blue, Brown and Gold

Blue, Brown and Gold

Red Modular Star Origami Earring

Red Modular Star Origami Earring

Patchwork Origami Star Earrings

Patchwork Origami Star Earrings

Literary Origami Star Earrings

Literary Origami Star Earrings

Recycled Vintage Book Origami Crane Earring (1954)

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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!