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Recently, my family celebrated  my parent’s golden anniversary.  Since I wanted origami to be present on this occasion, I asked for ideas to a group of friends with whom I communicate through an Internet origami mailing list.
Hans-Werner Guth (Germany) sent me a very nice idea of his creation…

[Read the whole post now at ORIGAMI SPIRIT]


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The subject of this card refers to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I am contributing this original card-size mixed-media art to raise funds for institutions that work to help the wildlife victims in the Gulf of Mexico. For more information please visit the blog Ripple by Kelly Light.

Origami model : “Seagull” Created by Simon Andersen.  Diagrams for this seagull are found in the website of Hans Dybkjær (Denmark)

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These days I have not been folding paper or writing about origami in here. At the moment I am a dragonfly exploring some other gardens. Feel free to explore this blog and enjoy older posts and links to diagrams. Drop me a note or comment if you would like. I always read and try to respond. May the spirit of playfulness be always with you!

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Click here and visit Origami Spirit, where you will find variations and instructions on how to fold these origami stars.

F • E • L • I • Z N • A • V • I • D • A • D

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simon andersen origami modelsA couple of days ago I received a box full of origami surprises created and folded  by Simon Andersen, a very prolific paper folder from Denmark.

I couldn’t wait to open it, and when I did… Wow!! I felt like a little child in Christmas. The only difference is that I took the models out slowly to savor every piece. I wanted to prolong my joy as much as possible.

The simplicity and beauty of his models go straight to my heart. Using the water-bomb base and a few folds, he has created these abstract and expressive origami models. Some of them are inflatable. I also loved Simon’s letter, written on the cardboard box, and his use of humble and unconventional papers… including sand paper!
His work is definitely an invitation to play, explore and learn. Little by little I will steal time from my work projects and reverse engineer every one of his pieces.

In his beautiful website, Hans Dybkjær (Denmark) has the following links to diagrams and photos of Simon Andersen’s origami work:

Thank you Hans for facilitating the connection between Simon and myself!

la caja de Simón

Here is a related post in this blog.

Photos © Leyla Torres. Origami models created and folded by Simon Andersen (Denmark).

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origami primula

As a child, when I lived in the tropics, the idea of resurrection was to me a distant myth of languid crucifixes and dogmatic churches. In the tropics, I had no tangible reality with which to relate this myth.
In the thick green of tropical foliage, leaves and flowers are dying and regenerating constantly, without you ever noticing. In the vicinity of the Arctic Circle, here in Vermont where I live now, it is different.
On these days of April, after five months of total desolation and inexistent foliage, all of a sudden from the last snow on the ground, tiny flowers sprout. Buds appear on tree branches. Life emerges from dry trees.
The miracle of Spring happens under my own eyes. It is a visible re-emergence. It is a clear resurrection. Life returns to my soul too.

Photo © Leyla Torres. Origami Model: Primula –Mitsunobu Sonobe. Folded by Leyla Torres, using hand-painted onion skin paper.
Diagrams: Sarah Adams Happy Folding

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Here is a charming and easy-to-make origami present, which recycles an old paper fold:

  • In a rectangular piece of paper about 5″ x 3″  write a ‘love message’ to the recipient of your gift.
  • Seal it by rolling and pressing it into a stick as the ones shown in the pictures. (Photo steps here).
  • Create as many different messages as you want,  put them into a transparent container or tie some up using a beautiful ribbon or string, and give them to a person you love.

juan-webFor his birthday I wrote to my husband one hundred and fifty-two  love messages and presented them to him in this fashion. He decided to open one message a day. He calls them “love candy.” Recently, he has been opening one per week because he doesn’t want to run out of them too fast.

I think that the time has come to give him some more!

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