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Paper Folding Masters

Posted: 25th August 2017

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Origami originates from Japanese culture from the term ‘ori’ meaning ‘folding’ and ‘karmi’ meaning ‘paper and has been practiced since the Edo period (1603–1867).

The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. The small number of basic origami folds can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs – or so we hoped!

This month’s Lunch and Learn we all gathered together to try our hand at making some paper masterpieces and have some fun at the same time. Jason from our screening team, as a parting gift, agreed to teach us a few techniques in order to sculpt a paper bird and a paper tulip.  With an array of brightly coloured paper we set to work in sculpting our paper, some more successfully than others, into what could be passed as a winged creature. Step by step we folded our paper until we had a bird that could even flap its wings! For those of us who wanted to, we could stay and make a tulip as well which was far easier than the bird to replicate.

It is amazing what you can create with a little patience, some paper and an open mind and I for one hope to keep these skills for the future. Thanks to Jason we all have a new skill and hopefully we shall see more of these craft sessions to come.

Thanks to all that attended and we hope you enjoyed it!