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Who can resist the aroma of freshly brewed coffee on a cool morning or rainy late afternoon? Born and raised in Colombia, a coffee-growing country, I remember helping my grandmother, Mamá Ana, pick coffee berries from her coffee bushes as a young child. I had to pick carefully and select only those berries that were red [...]

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Geometric Origami flowers appeal to our sense of beauty and offer an experience of meditative mathematical repetition. This flower, designed by David Martínez, is an exquisite example of using the principles of folded tessellations. Origami tessellations are mosaic-styled designs folded from a single sheet of paper creating a repeating pattern of folded and pleated shapes. This tessellated [...]

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Are you a fan of five? At Origami Spirit we have featured some lovely models made from a pentagon, and now we’d like to present the Star Flower, a new pentagonal origami model. Did you know that the largest largest number of flower families is five-petaled? The number five may be found all around: five senses, five [...]

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Did you know there is a scale to measure the “spiciness” or “heat” of hot peppers? It’s called the Scoville Organoleptic Test. Today Google's doodle celebrates the birthday of its inventor: Wilbur Lincoln Scoville (January 22, 1865 – March 10, 1942). While working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company in 1912, Mr. Scoville devised a test [...]

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If you have been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed how much we love sharing origami boxes for all occasions. As with those previous box posts, I’m sure you’ll love this origami swirl box too! Jannie van Schuylenburg* (Netherlands), shared two variations of her lovely creation with me: One with a [...]

origami sunflower

The previous post featured the first version of this origami sunflower. This variation is made by adding two extra folds to each petal and making more of them. Both multi-piece sunflowers, of my own creation, are based on a traditional six-petal flower presented previously on Origami Spirit. This origami sunflower features twenty four petals, each made with [...]

Thumbnail image for Origami Sunflower (1 of 2) -Bring Joy to Your Life!

When you see a sunflower, what do you think of? I think of warm summer days, blue skies, bird seed, butterflies, bees, and Vincent Van Gogh’s vibrant paintings. I also visualize the intense and lyrical energy of Tour de France cyclists passing through the French countryside and field after field of blooming sunflowers. This multi-piece [...]

Thumbnail image for Origami Flower -Beautiful, Easy and Fast to Fold

Origami flowers are usually easy to make and have the added benefit of not wilting –as quickly anyway, as natural flowers. They can be perfect gifts or used as festive decorations. This six-petal flower is made with three rectangular units tied together with a piece of wire or pipe cleaner. It is informally known as [...]

Thumbnail image for Make Origami Trees to Celebrate World Environment Day

Did you know that June 5th is World Environment Day? I’d like to invite you to join me in the ongoing effort to raise awareness of our precious environment. To participate  please fold either an origami tree, an origami creature or maybe an origami flower using a piece of recycled paper. When you’ve completed your [...]