Every day millions of us sit in front of a computer screen tapping away at a keyboard, mostly writing virtual notes to unseen correspondents. By contrast, an origami project is a chance to be creative and make something tangible; in fact, turning a piece of paper into a three-dimensional sculpture is a meditative journey that instills in us a sense of pride, competence, and accomplishment. As we fold the paper, the focus required and the tactile connection help free our minds to roam, creating the opportunity for a moment of self-reflection, for true presence of mind.
As seen on BBC's Make! Craft Britain. Fold your way to zen calm and happiness - featuring tear-out origami pages to get you started! Origami has been shown to aid relaxation, concentration, hand eye co-ordination and memory, and what's more, it does not require complicated tools or materials to perform. All you need is a piece of paper and some focused thought, and the results can be enjoyed almost immediately. In this beautifully designed book, with clear step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to make 16 inspirational models that you can display on your desk, your windowsill, or your mantelpiece, or give to somebody as a gift. Every day millions of us sit in front of a computer screen tapping away at a keyboard and don't create anything real. Undertaking an origami project is a chance to get creative and make something tangible; turning a piece of paper into a 3D sculpture is a meditative journey that instils in us a sense of pride, competence and accomplishment. As we slow down and start to fold paper, which is so beautifully tactile, so we start to unfold our minds. Worries and troubles float away as we follow the instructions and start to fold, fully focused on the task at hand, able to mindfully contemplate our intentions, hopes and dreams. Why not sit with a friend or a child and fold together? Like colouring in, origami is a wonderful shared pursuit - as you get into it and find 'flow', time is suspended and as you discover the art of origami, so you start to lead a more authentic, simple and calmer life.
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding and has been shown to encourage mindfulness, creativity, and hand-eye co-ordination. Great for meditation and promoting relaxation, origami is often considered to be yoga for the mind. Most of the time we allow our attention to drift and wander at will, often leading to worry, stress and anxiety. In the sequel to The Book of Mindful Origami, Samuel Tsang shares 16 brand new models to encourage meditation, dispel negativity, and encourage the magic of mindfulness into your daily routine. By folding paper and producing beautiful models, we start to unfold our minds and begin our journey to mindfulness. Including easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions as well as brand new meditation topics, The Magic of Mindful Origami will take your folding to the next level and help you exercise your mind, restore calm, and bring you back into the present. Why not try mindful origami with your family, friend or loved one, and share your creations with each other? Think of these models as a mindful gift to make others happy with a small gesture of kindness.
The Art of Mindful Origami extends the concept of mindful, art-therapy coloring using 15 origami projects, ranging in difficulty from basic to complex, as tools to develop mindfulness. In recent years, interest in mindfulness has exploded and it is now a part of popular culture. Increasingly, creative pursuits such as coloring are being used as a way for people to focus and enter a mindful state. Each project starts with a brief description and background to the model. Subsequent pages give instructions for folding the particular model. For difficult exercises, the book details ways of staying focused and calm and using mindfulness to deal with frustration or distraction. This is an important part of mindfulness and leads to a range of benefits for wellbeing and performance. Once each model is folded, the book then outlines various related exercises that can help to further develop mindfulness. For example, after folding the paper boat, readers are encouraged to lie down and place the boat on their belly and watch it rock up and down on the "waves" as they breathe. This helps them develop mindful breathing, which is a powerful tool for relaxation and focus. High-quality patterned origami paper and coloring sheets, which can easily be torn from the book, are included to make this the ultimate gift for anyone wanting a calmer, more stress-free life.
Origami expert Mark Bolitho explains how to make perfectly formed origami objects that are pleasing to fold and make. As digital downtime becomes a constant quest in our fast-paced lives, the idea of contemplative, sloothing arts and crafts is undergoing a serious revival. Each title contains 32 pages of origami paper so that you can try out these mindful projects for yourself. The Origami Garden divides into sections on Flowers and Plants (easy roses, cactus and pot, lilies and water lilies and many other flowers and foliage), Fruit and Vegetables (mushrooms, strawberries, pineapple, pears and chilli pepper) and Garden Life (birds, butterfly and frog).
Author: Camilla Sanderson, John Morin
Publisher: Running Press
Perfect for fans of the mindful activity books, readers will “unfold” their minds while making stunning creations with this fun, fully interactive package. Inspired Origami will show readers how the peaceful pastime of creating papercraft art can calm the minds of crafters of all skill levels. The book features an introduction on achieving mindfulness through origami, a history of the craft, basic rules, and all the information needed to get started. The introductory material is followed by step-by-step instruction and illustrations that walk the reader through 15 beautiful projects, including the Swan, Windmill, Sailboat, Peace Crane, and more. Including 36 distinct sheets of origami paper in both solid colors and patterns, Inspired Origami provides all that's necessary to begin the therapeutic craft of creating accessible, stunning works of art.
Author: Maria Sinayskaya
"This book contains 20 origami projects that take time and thought to complete, offering readers contemplative sessions that manifest in beautiful pieces of folded paper art"--
The therapeutic effects of origami are well known in Japan and here Mari Onoâ€”an expert in Japanese papercraftsâ€”reveals how a few simple folds can reduce stress, improve concentration, and help overcome negativity. By focusing on the experience of creating beautiful paper flowers, objects, animals, and more, this collection of 35 projects will guide you on a path to connectedness, awareness, and improved physical and emotional health. Not only that, the feelings of joy and satisfaction gained from completing a model will bring inner peace and help to redress emotional imbalances in our daily lives. Origami is also the perfect tool for anyone interested in taking the first steps toward a mindful lifestyleâ€”it is a very pure discipline where no expensive equipment is required and you can do it anywhere. To get you started, over 60 pieces of origami paper are provided, including a selection of sheets you can color in yourselfâ€”another activity proven to elicit a calming response in the body.
Author: Won Park
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
“The sinews of war are infinite money.” -Cicero Got a dollar burning a hole in your pocket? Master paper engineer Won Park has created Dollar Battle-Gami, a new and sophisticated origami kit for advanced paper artists. Learn to fold 10 impressive projects using the sheets of practice currency included in the set: US Navy destroyer, submarine, stealth fighter, spy plane, hand grenade, tank, assault rifle, fighter jet, revolver, and a zero fighter plane. Impress your friends with readily available paper wherever you go. Or leave a creative tip for waiters and bartenders with the designs you learn in this kit!
Modular origami is the latest craze in paper folding! These three-dimensional models are created from a number of small pieces of paper that are easily folded and then cleverly fit together to form a spectacular shape. They range from paper polyhedra to bristling buckyballs that are reminiscent of sea urchins—to ornate flower-like spheres. Each piece of paper is held by the tension of the other papers—demonstrating the remarkable hidden properties of paper, which is at the same time flexible but also strong! Author Byriah Loper has been creating modular origami sculptures for just five years, but in that time, he's pushed the upper limits of the art form with some of the largest, most complex geometric paper constructions ever assembled. While many geo-modular origami artists focus on creating dense floral spheres, Byriah has pioneered the open, linear "wire frame" approach, which results in a very complex-looking model that reveals the interior of its form. He exhibits his sculptures annually at the Origami USA convention in New York, and was recently a featured artist at the "Surface to Structure" exhibition at the Cooper Union gallery in the East Village. A great way to learn origami, the easy-to-follow diagrams and step-by-step instructions in this book show you how to fold the paper components and then assemble them to create 22 incredible models. Each model is a new challenge, and the paper sculptures you create look fantastic on your desk or shelf!
Origami expert Mark Bolitho explains how to make perfectly formed origami objects, thematically linked to Eastern and Western zodiac signs, that are pleasing to fold and make.
Better Living Through Origami
Author: Nellianna van den Baard, Kenneth Veenenbos
Take papercraft to a new creative level and turn your home into a designer haven with this DIY interiors book by Dutch design duo Studio Snowpuppe. Learn how to create 20 items of sustainable home decor using simple, mindful paper folding and manipulation techniques, and then show off your DIY creations at the heart of your home. Step-by-step illustrations will guide you through the projects, which include beautiful lampshades, creative wall art ideas, an ingenious clock, pretty garlands and decorations, unique vases, candle holders, plant holders, decorative bowls and more--all with a stylish modern aesthetic. Using readily available paper and card stock, you can create some stunning designer accents for your home for a fraction of the cost of store-bought versions.
Origami expert Mark Bolitho explains how to make perfectly formed origami objects that are pleasing to fold and make. As digital downtime becomes a constant quest in our fast-paced lives, the idea of contemplative, soothing arts and crafts is undergoing a serious revival. Each title contains 32 pages of origami paper so that you can try out these mindful projects for yourself. The Art and Craft of Geometric Origami divides into sections; One-piece Projects (formed from a single piece of paper), Twists and Turns (objects that change form with movement), Modular projects (multiple-piece projects) and Advanced Modules (intricate and beautiful objects). Shapes include simple tetrahedrons and cubes, diamonds and geo balls, icosahedrons and flexagons, harlequin modules and starbursts.
Author: Michael G. Lafosse, Richard L. Alexander
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Fold advanced origami projects with this beautiful origami book. From the Origamido Studio, world renowned origami artists Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander introduce a unique collection of origami paper craft projects. Origami Art features folding instructions for complex 3D origami models. These featured origami projects will amaze and astound paper folders with their intricate and lifelike qualities. Also featured within this origami book are articles on paper selection and preparation for each project, advanced techniques, such as "wetfolding" and compound origami plant design and construction. LaFosse and Alexander embrace every aspect of this fascinating art form and present it brilliantly for advanced paper folders and the artist in us all. While knowledge of some basic folds are needed, the clear, expert instructions allow readers to learn origami at a very high level, without requiring a great deal of previous origami knowledge or experience. This origami book contains: 144 pages of full-color Advanced origami folding techniques and tips Clear, step-by-step instructions 15 signature origami projects If you're eager to dive into a premium collection of challenging origami designs, then this exciting paper folding guide is for you! LaFosse's expert instructions will step you through the creation of origami masterpieces that are beautiful to behold and make wonderful gifts. Origami art projects include: American Alligator Pond Turtles Monk Seal Malaysian Birdwing Butterfly Munich Orchid And many more…