Welcome to our monthly "Origami Page". Origami is folding paper and ending up with delightful figures and models, such as flowers, boxes and animals. This feature will showcase a different origami model in each monthly issue, with diagrams and photos to help readers learn how to fold them. Most models use one square of paper, some use a rectangle, and others use more than one piece of paper.
This folded-paper booklet is a great way to create useful little notebooks.
Some of the many uses for these are Saving data (phone numbers, addresses, etc.)
or for miniature collections of poems, stickers, or stamps. Another way to put
them to use is to make miniature sketchbooks or coloring books that are easy to
keep in a pocket. They can even be used for making mini pamphlets promoting your
Elaborate and unique greeting cards are fun to make using this booklet form. Since there are several pages it is perfect for multiple signatures when making a group card at the office - or elsewhere!
Children can make several booklets to use at school for autograph books and to collect pictures of their friends. The booklet idea can also be put to use as an “information booklet”, used to describe a researched place or animal for school projects with words and pictures.
Another great use for this model is creating small commemorative books recounting vacations or other special times and events. Small mementos can be glued onto the pages, along with commentary on places visited, or persons involved in the event.
For a long trip, one booklet for each location can be made, then all can be put together as a collection displaying the entire trip.
Ideas are endless for this fun, easy and inexpensive origami booklet. How many can you discover for yourself
Origami originated in ancient Asian cultures and has been adapted by contemporary artists worldwide to reflect their own cultures. Local artist Mary Ellen Palmeri has incorporated paper folding into many of her mixed media art paintings, and teaches origami classes locally and nationally. Some of her work can be seen in a Tucson Happenings feature here: Artist_Profile
All of her Paper Dream Paintings can be seen in her Etsy shop where custom matted art prints of her original work can be purchased. Go to: www.etsy.com/shop/LyricFineArts
Ms. Palmeri's original origami models have been published in books and magazines, she has been featured on broadcast media, and her mixed-media fine art works often include various original origami models. Origami LAFF (Lyric Arts Folding Fest) is a Tucson based club founded by Ms. Palmeri to provide a venue for sharing this art. The group meets monthly at a local library; for more details please contact the artist at email@example.com