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.
These lovely origami strawberries, designed by David Donahue, can easily replace those freshly-picked ones.
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!
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!
Keep calm and keep on folding!