Today, Lorelle on WordPress encouraged us to share a few of our favourite things:
“Tell us why these things are special to you. Did they influence or change your life? Do you have a story or experience with these favorite things? Share the story.
By sharing your favorite things you reveal a little more about yourself to your readers.”
I’d like to share one unique passion of mine — origami. Making things out of paper gives me pure joy. It calms me down completely. The excitement is that I now can fold many things from memory, such as cranes, lotus, lily, boxes, spinner. I can entertain or bore people with them.
If you’re interested, you can see a few more origami that I’ve shared on my Flickr page recently.
I’ve received beautiful origami papers for birthday and Christmas. You can never have too many pretty papers. They’re all different in texture and style. Each paper has its own character and the emotion each conveys is unique. There are various types of Japanese washi paper to enjoy. There’re danshi or ceremony paper, momigami, mingeishi, itajimezomeshi, and patterned papers such as Kyo karakami, Kyo chiyogami, Edo chiyogami and many more.
However, you don’t need fancy paper to make origami. Origami should be the cheapest form of craft. Sometimes I just use normal plain paper, scraps, leaflets, or papers from any magazine to fold.
Origami is for sharing. I normally give them away for free. Once, I made a crane for a little girl on the train. I remembered her beaming from ear to ear.
While Prince Charles talks to plants, I talk to my paper. “I’ll use you, this beautiful paper with Pantone shades, for lily and butterfly. You, Kyo chiyogami decorative paper, on the other hand, is superb for my fancy boxes.”
I’m very lucky to have a lovely local friend, who supports and guides me. Whenever I’m stuck, Brenda would send me step-by-step instructions by post. Brenda is a member of British Origami Society, and she’s far more advanced than me. She would send me diagrams and models, and labelled her models in sequence. I could examine her models and work out my mistakes. In origami, I’m very lucky to have a supportive friend like Brenda. She is kind and gentle, and she would always go the extra mile to support me in practical ways. I’m very touched and humbled.
Another beautiful thing I love is simple sweet songs with beautiful lyrics, with harmonious melody and a pure beautiful voice — such as the song All Kinds of Everything by Dana, in the 1970 Eurovision song contest. I’m not used to pop, rock, and loud music, and I can’t relate to explosive western music. I love purity and simplicity.
My Related posts:
Borigami and Origami Daze
Origami joy: Pantone colours with Folded Square
Origami Challenge: modular origami cube
Origami for therapy
Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometrical origami
How to make a stunning origami modular star with 12 units?
How to make an elegant origami cube with 6 units?
Origami joy with William Morris prints
How to Make a Beautiful Origami Accordion Book (like a Very Hungry Caterpillar)?
How to Make a Beautiful Origami Accordion Book?