Paper artwork brings serenity
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.