Hi! my name is Leyla Torres and I’d like to welcome you to Origami Spirit, a website and blog where I feature origami video instructions, and write and teach about the art of paper folding. I also promote origami as a vehicle for cultivating the creative spirit while fostering a sense of relaxation and play in our daily lives.
I have been practicing origami for twenty five years and am a member of Origami USA and the British Origami Society. One of my passions is helping people unleash their creative potential. I have conducted paper-folding workshops and classes for individuals and groups, young and old, at conventions, libraries, schools and businesses in The United States, Europe and South America.
If you are a person who…
- would like origami instructions that are easy (even for beginners)
- wants to improve your origami skills
- wants to use origami as a teaching tool
- appreciate the process as much as the result (or love the journey as much as the destination)
- enjoys playing with colors and shapes
- relishes do-it-yourself projects
- wants to open up to a practice that brings inspiration, an opportunity to think creatively and calm the mind with minimum material investment
…I invite you then to check out select blog posts on Origami Spirit and the Origami Spirit YouTube channel for video instructions and conversation about many aspects of paper folding and creativity as a daily pursuit.
More About the Origami-Spirit Team
Besides teaching and blogging about origami, I am visual artist and writer. You may see my published books for children at LeylaTorres.com. I also like photography, watercolor, biking and dancing. Spanish is my native language and English is my adoptive one (Origami Spirit is in Spanish too!)
Two large cities have been my home: Bogotá and New York City. But now I live in Arlington, a small town in the gorgeous and placid state of Vermont.
My husband and soul mate, John Sutton, makes beautiful photographs and is the web-tech supreme, ideas man and copy editor for Origami Spirit. Click here to visit John’s photography webpage.
“To engage in a creative act and the communal act of sharing is a potent blessing. To know our experience through curiosity and exploration, to exercise our creative gifts through perception and expression is to welcome the sacred. Making images and being a creator reaps precious fruit. It is a celebration of living. It is a tool, a means to an end, not the end in itself.” ~John Sutton.
Coco (AKA Corazón)
In addition to being a lovely presence and companion in the origami studio, Coco is a great source of inspiration. She has been featured in several of our posts and videos, and loves her fans around the world.
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I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to send us a note with questions, comments or wishes for possible origami video instructions.