Archive for December, 2010

アケオメ! (;

2010|12|31

明けましておめでとうございます!
A Happy New Year for everyone! I also hope you had a fantabulastic Christmas!
If you don’t really connect with all this I just wish you’ve had some great days of vacation… or work! (;

One of my resolutions is to keep the blog up and alive with more beautiful folds. One a month! If more, the merrier! (:

Happy folds,
Isa.

bookmarks: simple & lotus flower

2010|12|09

An item that any book lover, or book user, never has too many: a bookmark! The japanese word for bookmark is しおり・栞. These are just one type of origami bookmarks, more will be featured here in the future.
I learned both of these bookmarks as traditional, if you know otherwise, please let me know! (:

simple and lotus bookmarks

This is one of the simplest origami bookmarks there is! You can use paper with different colours/ prints on both sides and it results as well as simple paper and prints… The diagram is here! Hope you enjoy it. Scroll down for the other diagram and info on the other bookmark.
A square of 7x7cm/ 2,75″ will end up in a bookmark with 3,5×3,5cm/ 1,37″. Papers of 10×10 or 9x9cm (3,94″ or 3,54″) turn into nice sized bookmarks!

simple bookmarks

simple bookmarks

I prefer the lotus one… My love for (almost) anything flowery on action, perhaps. But I use this one mostly at home, the lotus petals became a bit jaggy when used on books I carry with me… Click here for the diagram, another waribashi one, too.
This bookmark is best made with paper that has the same colour or print on both paper faces. If not the other colour print will show on the outer petals. A square of 9x9cm/ 3,54″ results in a bookmark with 5,5cm/ 2,16″ wide and 4,5cm/ 1,77″ tall.

lotus bookmarks

lotus bookmark

lotus bookmarks

A pack of 3~5 bookmarks is a nice extra in Christmas and birthday presents… If you offer a book, why not offering some bookmarks, too? And even if you don’t offer a book, you can still offer bookmarks! (;

simple and lotus bookmarks

kusudama: v-shape module & variation

2010|12|03

I know you’ve all missed Tomoko FUSE’s lovely kusudamas so, here it is! A beautiful one, too. As most, if not all, are :)

v-shape module with additional folds, 30 units

The name is V字135度/ V-shape module and for the variation 中折れV字135度 or V-shape module with additional folds. This one is in a Origami Tanteidan Magazine number 109.
Oh, I must say that I have read some comments regarding that there were difficulties in buying OTMs. I will buy some more around Easter, so I’ll post about it when I do. Until then you might try to buy them from a japanese book store, a fnac or some japanese items related store, perhaps…?
You can also stock on some pretty wrapping paper for doing or testing kusudamas! After all, Christmas is already that close (; and this is the season for pretty papers around us (:

v-shape module with additional folds, 12&30 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12&30 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12&30 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12 units

First the ones with additional folds! The ones above were the test ones, made in kraft paper, in yellow and orange. The 30 units in orange and in orange and yellow the 12 units one. I love them… And they are only in kraft… They really bring out the beauty in the paper (:

v-shape module with additional folds, 12 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12 units

Now with a cherry blossom themed origami paper, the 12 units one. This one I assembled it differently from the first! You can see the difference if you look at the holes in the kusudama; these have a 4 point star shape instead of the 3 point star shape (; I like both. I might be repeating myself, but beautiful is the word to say! I like this kusudama so much!

v-shape module with additional folds, 30 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 30 units

This is also origami paper, a traditional pattern in green and yellow; this is a 30 units kusudama.
This kusudama doesn’t need glue as most of Fuse’s kusudamas and is really sturdy! Be it in kraft or in a stronger paper. All papers were 7x7cm/ 2,75″. Both 12 units kusudama have a diameter of 7cm/ 2.75″ and the 30 units one of 10cm/ 3,94″. The diameter of the one without additional folds is 14cm/ 5,50″.

v-shape module & variation, 30 + 12&30 units

v-shape module & variation, 30 + 12&30 units

v-shape module, 30 units

In these last pictures a 30 units kusudama of the variation unit, without the centre/ additional folds. I like the kusudama better with the centre fold but I really like the fact that the unit permits simpler assemblies (: The paper has the same size of the other ones but the fewer number of folds make the unit larger and, as such, a bigger kusudama. This one was also made in origami paper with a traditional pattern!