Origami easy way to create interest
A PIECE of paper and persistence is all you need to hone a new skill and personalise your home’s decor at little expense.
Magazine Inside Out, our sister publication, has tapped into the trend for mindfulness crafting by releasing a special edition publication Origami at Home last week.
Editor-in-chief Claire Bradley says the DIY revolution, resurgence of paper crafts and love for all things nostalgia make it the perfect time for people to get back into the Japanese folding art of origami.
“It’s something you can do with your kids, it doesn’t take long, and if you make a mistake you just do it again,” she says.
After the popularity for the mindful benefits of adult colouring books, Bradley says origami is a good alternative for people who do not like to colour in or who do not think they are artistic.
“A lot of people don’t identify with craft and yet folding paper is something that anyone can do and it still feels creative,” she says.
“It’s quite linear and you can go back a step and go forward a step – it’s a pretty forgiving craft.”
The special edition has 50 sheets of patterned paper that can be used with the step-by-step guides to create pieces such as paper cranes, swans and kimonos. It then gives instructions on how to turn them into display features such as wall hangings and art pieces.
“People are living in smaller and smaller places and are looking for ways to personalise their home,” Bradley says. “It also fits in with the current trend for geometric shapes.”
A heart wallhanging from the book.
Framed origami kimonos.