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

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 … Read more

Get Instant Rewards for Supporting Origami Spirit

Origami Spirit is a project I love because it brings educational benefit to many people around the world. I feel very fortunate to be able to bring joy to adults and children through this lovely and peaceful activity. I am also grateful for having received so many expressions of love through the comments here at OrigamiSpirit, … Read more

Lady Coco -The Origami Studio Cat

This five-minute video story will warm your heart and put a smile on your face! Coco, our cat, appeared at our doorstep one sunny day in the late fall of 2012. John brought her in for shelter while we attempted to find out who her owner might be. Thoroughly searching our neighborhood and asking around town, nobody … Read more

Origami –Changing People’s Life for the Better

Please reflect for a minute on this question: How has origami contributed to your life? How would you answer it? In the video shown here, I interview Sara Adams (Germany) at the 2015 OrigamiUSA convention, in New York City. During our conversation I asked Sara this very question. She responded eloquently and also answered other questions regarding her … Read more

Fun and Inspiration from My Creative Origami Table

Origami is a fun, creative, instructive, and a challenging interest. Origami can be used in the celebration of many important events that mark the passage of time in our lives. As I have done in years past, I’d like to share with all of you, my fellow origami travelers, a time-lapse video with the projects … Read more

World Origami Days 2014 – Contest and Giveaway

Make a “Day of the Dead” composition or collage using at least two figures shown on an Origami Spirit video tutorial “Day of the Dead series“. DEADLINE: November Nov 2, 2014 6pm (New York City time)Read all the rules in the video. Participate in this contest and win a prize. There will be three winners:• … Read more

Emilio Shows his Origami Cats

I recently dedicated a video about origami cats to my nephew, Emilio. Here I  share the thank-you video I received from him.There is nothing like seeing joy on the face of a child. My heart melts every time I see Emilio showing me his origami cats. “There are no seven wonders of the world in … Read more

Origami Chicken -It’s a chick and it’s a box!

I just received and watched an adorable video of my two-year-old nephew, Emilio, playing the drum and singing Los Pollitos (The little chicks). Los Pollitos is a Spanish-language nursery rhyme and one of the first songs children learn not only in Colombia, but in many other Spanish-speaking countries (lyrics below*). In a previous post, we made origami … Read more

Why Keep a Journal -Creativity Through Origami

In addition to keeping a written journal, I periodically take pictures of the worktable in my studio, the place where I do most of my paper folding. This is my visual journal. The video below shows this table as it appeared at different times throughout 2013.  Click to see videos of my visual journals in 2012 … Read more