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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‘Tis the season for gift giving. Wrapping can be a ritual and a way to extend the love beyond what comes inside the package. There are so many creative approaches to wrapping, and in Japan they have perfected the art of wrapping – it is a ritual tradition and perfect art form. In the Art…

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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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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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