Pa­per art­work brings seren­ity

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

Fold­ing sheets of pa­per into some­thing spec­tac­u­lar and life­like, Pa­per Moun­tains Origami is the lo­cal busi­ness stock­ing Al­bany with cre­ations that leave peo­ple won­der­ing how they be­gan as a piece of pa­per.

Lana Moss started the crafty busi­ness 18 months ago and now her greet­ing cards, pa­per art, or­na­ments, pa­per em­broi­dery and origami work­shops cel­e­brate the ben­e­fits of the art right here in the Great South­ern.

She said she firmly be­lieved fold­ing pa­per al­lowed peo­ple to be­come com­pletely ab­sorbed in the mo­ment — creat­ing a Zen-like ef­fect.

“To­day’s world is so fast-paced, ev­ery­thing is in­stant,” Moss said.

“It is im­por­tant to switch off from the screen ev­ery now and again and take the time to make some­thing real.

“Origami is tac­tile, and teaches you to slow down — if you rush, it will show in the fi­nal re­sult.”

Moss is one of a hand­ful of peo­ple in Aus­tralia to have com­pleted a course though the Nippon Origami As­so­ci­a­tion, with her work as­sessed by an origami mas­ter in Ja­pan. With some models tak­ing days and weeks to com­plete, she said origami went well be­yond cranes and jump­ing frogs. “You don’t need any ex­pen­sive equip­ment or sup­plies, just your hands and a piece of pa­per,” Moss said. “Be­ing able to give life and di­men­sion to a flat sheet of pa­per with noth­ing other than creases is quite ad­dic­tive. “Many peo­ple think origami is just a chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity, when in fact it is prac­tised around the world by a huge range of peo­ple.” Her master­pieces are stocked at Paper­bark Mer­chants and Lush Gar­den gallery, and she is also de­sign­ing cus­tom wedding dec­o­ra­tions. Moss’ work will be dis­play at the Make a Scene ex­hi­bi­tion in the Al­bany Town Square from Fri­day-Mon­day. Pa­per Moun­tains Origami can be found on Face­book, In­sta­gram and on­line at pa­per­moun­tain­sorigami.com.

An ex­am­ple of Lana Moss’ art­work, Sakura Star.

Pa­per shoot­ing stars.

Pa­per-folded dragon scales.

Origami cacti .

Some styles take plenty of prac­tice.

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