Friday April 18, 2014
Some of the most creative applications for origami can be seen in the fashion industry.
In 2008, designer Catherine Meuter unveiled a concept for origami inspired shoes that could be folded flat for easy storage. These shoes were marketed as an ideal solution for the woman who travels frequently, since they would take up very little room in a suitcase. You can view the shoes on the Yanko Design website.
Origami inspired designs have been seen on several handbags throughout the years. For example, Gucci makes a beige and ebony canvas bag with a green leather origami frog patch for the woman in search of a bold accessory.
Another way in which origami has influenced fashion is through the use of origami figures as a jewelry motif. Bottica showcases a collection of origami necklaces by Claire & Arnaud--the French design friends who founded their own brand "Origami Jewellery." Their necklaces feature gold and sterling silver renditions of origami cranes, elephants, lions, rabbits, and horses.
Review our article Origami in Fashion for more examples of origami inspired fashion trends.
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Wednesday April 16, 2014
If you're planning a wedding in the near future, why not add a little origami to the celebration? About Wedding Traditions has written an excellent article exploring the tradition of using 1,000 folded paper cranes as wedding decorations. The article explores the symbolism of various paper colors, as well as suggesting some creative ways to incorporate the cranes into your wedding decor.
If folding 1,000 cranes is just too much for you to handle, I'd recommend adding an origami crane mobile to your wedding decor. Mobiles can be made with as few as 10 cranes each, making them a much quicker folding project. Review our Origami Mobile Instructions article to learn how to assemble your crane mobile.
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Sunday April 13, 2014
For some people, origami's fragile nature is not a problem. They view their creations as temporary works of art, much like fresh blooming flowers in a garden. However, if you're interested in making origami jewelry or displaying your origami outdoors, there are several different waterproofing methods you can use to protect your paper creations. Learn more in our new article How to Make Waterproof Origami.
If you have a waterproofing technique that's worked well for you that isn't listed, I'd love to hear about it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friday April 11, 2014
Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, Founder of Origami Salami and Folding for Good, is leading an effort to collect and string 1,000 origami peace cranes for the school community at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. At least 24 people were injured in an act of random violence by a 16-year-old student on April 9. At least five people were critically wounded.
If you would like to help in this effort, you can mail your origami cranes to:
PA Distance Learning Charter School
Attention: Miss Crooks
2100 Corporate Drive, Suite 500
Wexford, PA 15090
For further information about Origami Salami and Folding for Good, see www.facebook.com/OrigamiSalami1 and www.origamisalami.com.
If you need a refresher on how to fold an origami crane, please review our Origami Crane Instructions tutorial. If you want to learn more about the meaning of 1,000 paper cranes, review our article What Does a Senbazuru Mean?
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