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The Art of Origami

THE ART OF
Origami

By Sam Tsang

Sam Tsang

Many of us spend over 8 hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen; from the moment we are awake to the moment we sleep we are connected to the world.

But we all need time to find some inner peace to balance out the constant noise of our modern digital lives.  Many of us also need to have a creative outlet to express ourselves to make something tangible – something we can touch.

The Art of Origami

Origami is a relaxing and peaceful hobby, a beautiful art, a craft, a science and a meditation all in one.

There is something beautiful in turning a plain flat piece of paper into an amazing three dimensional object using just your hands. It allows you to quiet the mind, block out distracting and negative thoughts and allows you to focus on the present moment.

Making one of these models takes just 10 minutes, so put some time aside and indulge your inner self.

Origami Step One
STEP 1

Start by folding a triangle base

Origami Step Two
STEP 2

Working on the top layer only, valley fold A and B up to meet the centre point, C. Turn over and repeat on the other side.

Origami Step Three
STEP 3

The next fold is called a ‘book turn’. Fold the left side over to the right, as if you were turning back the page of a back. Turn over and repeat on the other side. You should now have a plain square on both sides

Origami Step Four
STEP 4

Valley fold A over the central line by 5mm.

Origami Step Five
STEP 5

Do the same on the right-hand side by valley folding B over the central line by 5mm.

Origami Step Six
STEP 6

Turn over and repeat these two folds on the other side.

Origami Step Seven
STEP 7

Now you have a kite shape. Open each of the last two folds and you will create a pocket. You are going to force one of the flaps into it’s opposing pocket.

Origami Step Eight
STEP 8

Push the corner of the right-hand flap into the pocket on the left and force it inside.

Origami Step Nine
STEP 9

Valley fold the dotted line, and unfold. Turn over and repeat on the other side.

Origami Step Ten
STEP 10

Rotate the model by 180º and open out rhe four arms. you will see a small hole in the top. Blow through the hole to inflate the tulip, then gently tap the base to even it out.

Origami Step Eleven
STEP 11

At the top of the tulip are four corners, which are the tips od the petals. Gently peel each tip back and pull it down, curling it with tour fingers. Try to keep the petal shapes symmetrical.

Origami Step Twelve

You should now be holding a beautiful origami tulip

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