22 December 2012

Day 22: Origami


Today I fell in love with paper again, but I guess it's a common condition among graphic designers. I love the smell and the feel of different kinds of paper, even the sound of it when you leaf through the pages of some old book. And I especially enjoy how this delicate material can be bent in such many forms.

This post however is about the paper decor I did here in my childhood home today. Oily black and heavy cranes and innocently white and translucent paper cranes captured by the silver thread to silently hang from this branch for many nights to come. Equally many in black and white to keep the balance between light and dark. 


And I just HAD to make these little fellas as well! Totoro snowflakes! I ended up cutting at least five, but the fun was worth the time. The idea and pattern I found a while ago from Books&Stories blog, if you'd like to try this yourself then go check it out! *click*.

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  1. today i made my second and third origami creatures (a butterfly and a chameleon) after a very long break.. and i'm planning to form many more of them... now that i take the daily look at your blog, i'm finding this post. it feels weird to see exactly the theme that gave me a special feeling today, but somehow this coincidence makes me smile. these totoro snowflakes look so cute.. <3
    k.

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    1. A strange coincidence indeed! I've only done a few pig origamis before these cranes and I got really excited about this art. I'll definitely create some more! :)

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  2. Have you ever tried these Star Wars Snowflakes? :)

    http://anthonyherreradesigns.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60%3Astar-wars-snowflakes-2012&catid=34%3Aanthonydesign-blog

    Sorry I don't know how to make a direct link of those :/

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    1. Oh my, I had already forgotten all about those! :D My friend linked those to me some time ago, I'll definitely try some of those. Thanks for the link!

      (Btw, I wonder why Darth Vader, Han Solo and Boba Fett aren't there or I'm I just blind..? Too bad!)

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  3. Oh my Totoro, those snowflakes are just pure love!<3 have to try those myself too. And must say you're one of the most inspiring persons I know. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm honored to hear that. :)

      And I know, everything related to Totoro is at least midly awesome!

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  4. Your hanging crane decoration is so charming! My friend taught me how to make origami cranes at a sleep over when I was about 15! I can't for the life of me remember how to make them now though, it has completely slipped my mind! When I first caught a glimpse of the snowflake I thought it was the Cheshire Cat! I am astounded that you are very nearly coming to the end of your 'blog a day' mission this month, I salute you! ~♥~

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    1. I know the feeling, crafts like these easily slip away without practice. These were the first cranes I've ever done, should probably make some more to keep the pattern in mind. And I think this particular Totoro-snowflake turned out to look a lot like Cheshire Cat, no wonder it popped into your mind. :)

      And thanks, it's been quite a carousel to create posts in such a quick pace, but it's been fun too!

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  5. Oh thank you!!! My son loves Totoro! I will make some for him <3

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    1. So wonderful to hear that! I'm sure your son will enjoy these snowflakes :>

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  6. I really like the crane decoration! It makes me think of Escher's tessellation that was once on my wall http://www.artchive.com/artchive/e/escher/escher_day_night.jpg

    I've only done origami once, at an entrance examination where my animals became odd slanting creatures of curves and beaks. That was surprising to me, because I'm usually good at this kind of thing (but I WAS very tired, yes I was :D).

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    1. Cool picture! And I think "odd slanting creatures of curves and beaks" sounds fascinating! You could've said that you aimed for surrealism. ;)

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