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Three Origami Figures to Celebrate the Spirit of Summer!

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I love summer! Do you love summer too?

I have been enjoying the summer here in Vermont this year. It is a place that is my home, and always a source of great pleasure. With almost nine months of cold or freezing weather during the other three seasons, and having been born in a tropical country, these short and warm summer months are such a welcome change.

The worldwide and unprecedented challenges this year has brought us stress, fear, and uncertainty. But the summer, and the practice of origami, can bring simple joys and some needed peace and relaxation to guide our little boat through the waves.

I want to feature three origami models that conjure for me that feeling of summer and the joy of carefree times: strawberries, sunflowers, and butterflies!

Even if you have folded these models before, try them again. An aspect of the origami practice is a sense of joy and relaxation that comes through simplicity, familiarity, and repetition.

Origami Strawberries

These lovely origami strawberries, designed by David Donahue, can easily replace those freshly-picked ones.

Click on the image for the tutorial to this origami strawberry.

Origami Sunflower

This origami sunflower, of my creation, features twenty-four petals, attached to each other at the center. For me is a good substitute for the real ones. No matter how I care for the seeds I plant, those mischievous chipmunks raid my garden and feast on the seeds!

Click on the image for the tutorial to this origami sunflower.

Origami Butterfly

This is an easy-to-fold origami butterfly designed by Evi Binzinger. I have zinnias planted in my garden–which survived the chipmunks–and they happen to attract many butterflies. The zinnias are blossoming and the butterflies are fluttering!

Click on the image for the tutorial to this easy-to-make origami butterfly.

Keep calm and keep on folding!

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Gerardo August 1, 2020, 11:13 am

    Hi Leyla. Can you please tell me more about the summer in Vermont? The current monthly design challenge theme on The Origami Forum is “summer”, but it seems to be related particularly to going to the beach. Living here in Bogota, I don’t think I relate anything to the summer; I don’t even know if we have a summer-time. I believe winter-time is the rainy season here in Bogotá, but that’s it… and I’m not sure if that’s at the end of the year or when. I like learning about other places, that’s why I ask : )

    • Leyla Torres August 2, 2020, 9:30 pm

      Summer in Vermont is like being in a small Colombian town at about 1200 to 1800 meters of altitude.
      That means the temperature is about 24 to 30 celsius depending on the time of day.

      Here in Vermont, summer nights tend to be fresh and there is no need for air conditioner or fan, except for a few nights in July or August.
      People enjoy swimming in lakes or rivers, also canoeing and tubing. There is a large lake between Vermont and New York State called Lake Champlain. People can take cruises around the lake. Since it is a mountainous region, some of the ski resorts offer summer mountain toboggans. Taking hikes is very popular. Vermont does not have an ocean coastline.
      To make an analogy, think of the weather in a town like Sasaima or La Mesa in Colombia.

  • HAYDÉE GÓMEZ MANSILLA July 28, 2020, 5:59 pm

    FANTASTICO EL GIRASOL, PRECISAMENTE ACABO DE VER UN VIDEO RELACIONADO CON EL GIRASOL EXTRAORDINARIO, IMPLICA LA FRECUENCIA FIBRONACHI . LA SECCIÓN DORADA O REGLA DORADA RELACIONADA CON LA ESPIRAL DE NUESTRA GALAXIA, COMO SE REPITE LA FRECUENCIA GEOMÉTRICA Y MATEMATICA EN LA NATURALEZA Y LOS BENEFICIOS DE LAS SEMILLAS DE GIRASOL. EL VIDEO ES EN ESPAÑOL, EN YOUTUBE, “SEMILLAS DE GIRASOL-EL SOL DE LA SALUD LA RAZÓN DORADA.” LUIS ANTONIO MELÓN GÓMEZ, ES LARGO PERO VALE LA PENA. MUCHAS GRACIAS. NO PUDE ENTRAR AL EVENTO PORQUE FUÉ EL 25 Y ME ACABA DE LLEGAR EL CORREO.MUCHAS,MUCHAS GRACIAS

    • Leyla Torres July 28, 2020, 10:35 pm

      Gracias Haydée por compartirnos tu entusiasmo por el girasol y por el video que mencionas!

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