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Do you remember the magic of seeing a paper boat, or other origami figure, being folded in front of you for the first time? I was about five years old when a friend of my mother’s folded one and gave it to me. Later at home, I found a rectangular piece of paper and folded [...]

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One of my origami bees flew out of the studio window on a bright sunny morning and discovered a delightful, tasty, flower garden. My niece, Eliana, and I created a stop-motion animation of this origami bee having a feast. These were the steps we followed to make the stop motion video: An origami bee was [...]

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Remember seeing the images of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011? On that tragic day many children in Japan’s Sendai area lost their parents. To address the urgent need of these orphaned children, Japanese origami master Mr. Makoto Yamaguchi established the Origami Caravan. Following his lead, June Sakamoto and Vicky Mihara [...]

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An Easter palm cross!! When I entered the kitchen for breakfast this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find a small palm cross resting on a plate at my table place. My mother in law, Yvonne Sutton, had placed it there for me in celebration of Palm Sunday. On this website I have featured some [...]

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Today we baptized Emilio Torres, my nephew, and the newest member of our family. Here he sleeps in his father’s arms. On Emilio’s party cake we placed some tiny origami chickens –designed by Simon Andersen (Denmark). Find diagrams for the chicks at Hans Dybkjær’s website. Look for the file at the upper right corner of [...]

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John and I were finishing dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. The sushi is delicious and the owners are always appreciative of the models I leave behind. John took this picture during a moment of concentration as I prepared the model for that evening. It was a butterfly. …………….. Portrait courtesy of John [...]

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I love the creative potential of a “clean slate”.  An annual ritual of mine is to begin the year with a tidy worktable. Of course just as I’ve finished organizing my studio and put everything in its place, a new project appears. Soon enough there is a blizzard of papers and materials flying all over [...]

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Holiday greetings to all of you who visit Origami Spirit. May you have peace, harmony and joy with origami throughout the New Year. ~.~ Origami Dove inspired by a model of Hatori Koshiro

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It was the 1988 Holiday season in New York City. I was walking south on the east side of a very busy Fifth Avenue when I stopped suddenly, spellbound by the image of a huge Christmas tree filled with decorations of folded paper figures revolving in the windows of a Japan Airlines office. It was [...]