Since origami is such a portable art, I need only some paper and my hands to make something.
But whenever I travel, either near or far away, I always carry with me a small tool bag. The tools in this bag often come in handy allowing me the opportunity to realize spontaneous creative ideas.
Here is a list of the tools in my bag:
- color pens
- a paper cutter – “Envelopener” (yellow rectangle in the photo)
- an inkless pen (for scoring paper)
- a pencil (with a metallic holder to attach it to my blouse)
- an eraser
- scissors ( I’m not a folding fudamentalist!)
- a stick of glue
- an exacto knife
- a bamboo flat and pointy folder (great for creasing, getting into small corners, and pointing when teaching. Now available here!)
- a small square
- miniature pliers (To fold wire for occasional origami-earings making)
- removable tape
- a small hole punch (Read here where I found it!)
- tooth pick and skewer
- mini clothes pins
- needle and thread
I’m just now preparing to travel to Bellevue WA, near Seatle, to attend the Pacific Coast Origami Convention 2011 -also known as PCOC, and I’ll be sure to have my trusty set of tools along for the ride.
Remember: If you are flying, be sure to bring the pointy tools in the check in luggage!
What creative tools do you carry when traveling?