Origami: That Thing I Do
I have an “About Page,” but wanted for my first post to share a bit more of my origami story. I discovered it when I was in the seventh grade (that was after the invention of fire, but before Google). Our school took on the ambition of having every student make a crane in honor of the famous story of 1000 cranes. As I sat with my piece of square paper following along to the 9th grader ging directions in the sleepy 1st period class, I suddenly found something out.
Origami makes sense to me!
And better yet, I could do it while bored in class (and church). The first model I ever memorized was the flying crane. Oddly, I was so interested in choir, sports and being a teenager that I didn’t learn a new model until I was in high school. My desire to fold was rekindle, when I took a job that allowed me to do homework during downtime. When I had no homework, I got origami books from the library and started to fold again.
Browsing those books, I remained entranced at how a simple piece of paper could become a three-dimensional object. I followed instructions making boxes, birds, flowers and basic shapes. The choice of origami books at my local library was 8 in total. When every model in those books had been made, I grew up, got interested in boys and went to college (this was after the invention of Google). Origami remained part of the sidelines of my life through scrapbooking and card making (ok, I got bored in church sometimes too). Its presence grew and grew until I had boxes with models and no where or way to display them.
My favorite genre is Money Origami
This flows from the fact, I am the only member on my side of the family that doesn’t live in Arizona. Since all niece and nephew gifts must be mailed and I’m kinda miserly, they get a card with money inside (this was also after the invention of fire and Google but before Amazon Prime). After a couple years, I began to feel like a stingy Aunt Scrooge since I wasn’t increasing gift size for inflation. What they got at 3 years old they were still getting at 10. That’s when I hit on the idea of folding money into something cool, since adjusting my budget wasn’t happening (miserly or bitter I didn’t get thank you cards–your call)
I admire the amazing fold work of origami artists, though I attempt very few. The time dedication involved in those models is spent watching Netflix in my life (don’t be judgy, you’ve seen all of Gilmore Girls too). The artists have taken this field to a new level with the use of origami principles in design, product development and art. I will forever remain in awe of their work. But here as Origami Foodie, I will share origami for the rest of us–fun, practical, useful, pretty, easy, my kind of origami.
Thank you for joining me.