Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…or so it usually goes – but, with a 55 degree New Year’s day it seems like a far off notion. Maybe we need to come up with a little “snow dance?” For now, we will share a simple snowflake fold that is quick and easy. Make…

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Paper Wrapping as Ritual Although no longer an inexpensive wrap, receiving and giving a gift wrapped in washi, no doubt, evokes for paper lovers a seductive charm.  For the Japanese, washi carries a deeper meaning; simply touching it resurrects nostalgic thoughts of the old days. Cash, either in the form of paper bills or coins, is…

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I hadn’t seen my longtime friend Michael LaFosse in too many years.  So when I found out he and his partner Richard Alexander would be doing an origami series on July 15 at the Fuller Craft Museum – I thought this was my chance to see them.   The Fuller is not too far up the…

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My genius friend, Ms. Reiko Tanaka made me this incredible origami dragon.  It took her close to 4 hours to make!  She used a a piece of metallic, wrapping paper from a box a sweets measuring approximately 50cmx50cm.  The pattern came from  the book “Genuine Origami and instructions by Mr. Jun Maekawa. Reiko says Mr.…

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After my friend Rie went to visit the studio of Kazuki Yamane I was inspired to investigate further into the origata world.  I came upon the Origata Design Institute in Minami-Aoyama in Tokyo.  The Origata Design Institute, managed by Ms. Sugihara was established in an old-style shop. (An “old-school”  tradition taught in an old…school or rather…

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More typography inspiration. Still Life Comes Alive is an installation by Kyosuke Nishida, Brian Li and Sean Yendrys, as well as Dominic Liu, Stefan Spec,  and Duc Tran. Read more about the project here. found via illusion scene 360

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Check out a new font by Calango.  I love the fusion between origami, paper and animation, as an animated typeface for Adobe After Effects CS3, 4 and 5.  What’s even more awesome? It’s a free download! [vimeo http://vimeo.com/19246302] found via illusion scene 360

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I found THE solution (well-almost) to my packing woes-as I anticipate another long voyage across the Pacific. It’s ORISHIKI. A hybrid word taken from origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, and furoshiki, the typically square fabric used for wrapping objects, this design by Naoki Kawamoto is literally “”out of the box”.  A 2-D design…

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Dec 1, 2010 was a lucky day or fateful day, not sure which….who am I kidding? It’s usually a little of both.  Visited my friend at her new digs in the best part of Tokyo…”Azabu”; more specifically Azabu-Juban. Azabu Juban is exactly the neighborhood of one of my all-time favorite stores “Blue & White”, founded…

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