Are you looking for a creative and mindful practice to have joy, relieve stress, and be part of a community?
Welcome to Origami Spirit!
My name is Leyla Torres, and I help craft-loving adults to master the peaceful art of origami (paper folding).
In this website you find tutorials where I share easy ways of folding simple pieces of paper into delightful creations so that you can enjoy and share this magical experience with those you love.
If you are a person who…
- loves to work with your hands
- would like easy-to-follow origami instructions (even for beginners)
- wants to improve your origami and creative skills
- wants to use origami as a teaching tool
- appreciates the process as much as the result (or love the journey as much as the destination)
- enjoys playing with colors and shapes
- relishes non-intimidating do-it-yourself projects
- wants a practice that brings inspiration, an opportunity to think creatively and calm the mind with minimum material investment
- wants to be part of a community that loves the art of paper folding…
…I invite you then to check out select blog posts on Origami Spirit and the Origami Spirit YouTube channel for video instructions and conversation about many aspects of paper folding and creativity as a daily pursuit.
More About the Origami-Spirit Team
Leyla has been sharing and teaching origami since 1988, and has been an origami Blogger and Youtube video maker since 2007. She is a member of Origami USA and the British Origami Society.
Leyla has conducted paper-folding workshops, in-person and online classes for young and old, at international origami conventions, libraries, schools, and businesses in The United States, Europe, and South America.
Besides teaching and blogging about origami, Leyla is a visual artist and writer. You may see her watercolor art and published books for children at LeylaTorres.com. Spanish is her native language and English is her adoptive one.
Two large cities have been her home: Bogotá and New York City. But now she lives in Arlington, a small town in the gorgeous and placid state of Vermont.
Leyla’s husband and soul mate, John Sutton, makes beautiful photographs and is the web-tech supreme, ideas man and copy editor for Origami Spirit. Click here to visit John’s Instagram feed.
“To engage in a creative act and the communal act of sharing is a potent blessing. To know our experience through curiosity and exploration, to exercise our creative gifts through perception and expression is to welcome the sacred. Making images and being a creator reaps precious fruit. It is a celebration of living. It is a tool, a means to an end, not the end in itself.” ~John Sutton.
Coco (AKA Corazón)
Coco appeared on our doorstep in November of 2012, wondering if she could help us with the testing of origami models for “playability”. We said yes!
In addition to being a lovely presence and companion in the origami studio, Coco is a great source of inspiration. She has been featured in several of our posts and videos and loves her fans around the world.
I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to send us a note with questions, comments or wishes for possible origami video instructions.