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Origami is not Allowed in Bermuda! thumbnail

A few years back, an events company invited me to give an origami demonstration in Bermuda at a trade show. Traveling to this island for a purpose other than tourism meant that the company that invited me had to request a special work permit from the authorities in Bermuda. Just before my trip, I was [...]

How did you get into origami? thumbnail

Did you get into origami as a child or as an adult? As a child, I learned the traditional boat and classic crane, but it wasn’t until I was well into adulthood that I really got into origami. It was the Christmas holiday season in New York City. I was walking with my husband down [...]

An Easy and Creative Way to Include Origami in Your Journaling thumbnail

Do you keep a journal? If you’ve never tried journaling, or even if you have, you might draw some ideas and inspiration from this post. I’ve been journaling for many years. It brings solace and a deep connection to my inner creative self. My intended goal is to write daily but it’s not always easy [...]

Fold an Origami Swan in Memory of Laura Kruskal thumbnail

Laura Kruskal, much beloved origami creator and teacher passed away on February 5th 2019. Laura was loved for her playfulness and great sense of humor. She loved music and included singing with her teaching. I have a lovely memory of a class I took with Laura at PCOC 2013 when she taught a traditional paper [...]

Gratitude for Your Paper-Folding Hands thumbnail

Have you ever looked at your (paper-folding) hands and felt a deep gratitude for everything you can do with them? For you and your precious hands to exist you had a mother and a father, four grand-parents, eight great-grant parents, sixteen great-great-grandparents and so on. If we keep counting back the generations to the thirtieth [...]

Origami as a Subject for Visual Art and Illustration thumbnail

These past few months have been full of excitement and creativity as I explore paper folding as a subject for visual art. This slight change of direction is one that combines my interests in both painting, and origami. At the beginning of the year, I was looking through an impressive artwork collection on Instagram posted [...]

How to Make an Origami Coffee Bean thumbnail

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 [...]

Your Like Will Help Children in Need –Red Nose Day! thumbnail

Here at Origami Spirit we are supporting what we think is a great cause for helping children in need. The M&M chocolate company will donate $1 USD to the Red Nose Day organization for every photograph or video marked with the hashtag #makemlaugh. Red Nose Day is an organization that raises awareness and money to help [...]

A year’s Journal -Leyla’s Origami Worktable 2015 thumbnail

A few weeks ago I picked up the Sunday newspaper and on the front cover was a large photograph of white folded stars against a blue background. The stars looked like small people to me, and the image was uplifting. I opened the paper, and read. Some articles were difficult to get through, reminding me [...]

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