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We are having a blast in our course “Think Like an Origami Designer”. Thanks to the magic and connectivity of the Internet people from many different parts of the world have joined the workshop including those representing Norway, Italy, South Africa, Uruguay and the United States. One of the questions asked during our first meeting [...]

Origami Santa and Christmas tree

A Christmas and holiday greeting to you, your families, friends, and loved ones. Today is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere! From one of my south-facing windows, I can see the sun following its lowest and shortest arc across the sky. The good news is that for the next six months, the days will [...]

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The year is coming to an end and I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for all of your visits, comments and continued support for our work at Origami Spirit. I’d also like to extend a very special thank you to those who have generously donated funds to help maintain this website. [...]

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Meenakshi Mukerji is a well-known designer of modular origami,  where two or more pieces of paper are folded into separate units, then assembled to form one figure. In recent months, Meenakshi has been exploring origami designs with just one piece of paper as well. Last weekend I spent some time interpreting diagrams for a few of [...]

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If you haven’t been folding paper lately, watch out! These garlands by Francis Ow will get you back into folding again in no time. And they’re addictive too once you get going; I can’t stop folding them myself! With this model I’m looking forward to the upcoming holiday season and have a list of people [...]

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Today we baptized Emilio Torres, my nephew, and the newest member of our family. Here he sleeps in his father’s arms. On Emilio’s party cake we placed some tiny origami chickens –designed by Simon Andersen (Denmark). Find diagrams for the chicks at Hans Dybkjær’s website. Look for the file at the upper right corner of [...]

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I folded this six-pointed modular origami star in memory of it’s creator David Petty (UK), who passed away on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011. A remembrance page and diagrams for the star have been posted at Nick Robinson’s blog. Other than authoring several origami books, David generously shared diagrams for traditional origami models on his website [...]

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This is my interpretation of the Sakura Star, a creation of David Martinez. It is a lovely model that I will add to the collection of ornaments I use  to decorate my staircase for Christmas, as seen in this post: Origami Adds a Holiday Sparkle to a Staircase Video instructions for the Sakura Star: Diagrams [...]

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On her blog, Vera Young has shared diagrams and an image of her interpretation of Our Lady of Aparecida (Nossa Senhora Aparecida), by Emilson Nunes, author of this wonderful book: <br /> The dark-skinned virgin, venerated in the Catholic Church, is the patron saint of Brazil. Her feast day is celebrated every year on October [...]