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Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1
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Folding the Clematis Origami Rx: Out of the Abyss Pebbles with Variable Color Origami Bonsai Décor 5 10 15 17
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This color transition occurs in a set of folds that is not visible in the finished flower. 5 . make sure your leaf color is painted a fair distance onto the bottom of the petal. Step 1 Begin with the basic flower form (p. Book fold the top layer of paper (diamond shape) from right to left. If you are not familiar with how to fold the Basic Flower Form there are instructions on how to fold it on page 50 of Origami Bonsai. In general you should choose contrasting colors to take greatest advantage of this feature. 50 Origami Bonsai). so it appears both abrupt and natural in the folded flower. What makes this flower particularly good looking is the dramatic change in color on the bottom of the flower. Notice my painting pattern (pictured left).Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Folding the Clematis Flower The Clematis flower is based on the Basic Flower Form. When painting a square you plan to fold into a Clematis. I painted a small additional area on each petal which corresponds to the wide part of the kite shape in the top picture.
Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Step 2 When you perform the fold in step 1. Step 4 Your model should look like this. 6 . one of the petals will partially open. Flip it and perform step 3 on the other side. Step 3 Fold the bottom corner of the top pleat of paper up as shown. Then book fold and perform steps 1 through 3 on the other two petals. Insert your finger into the petal and then run the index finger of your other hand over the edges to flatten it.
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Step 6 8 . Pull each petal down and away from the center.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Step 5 Lift your model off your work surface and then book fold it such that you have an even number of layers of paper on each side. separated as shown.
You can fold a much smaller Clematis flower than you can a Primrose.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Your completed Clematis flower should look similar to those pictured above. this flower’s petals are pulled from the center. it has a complex and beautiful bud shape. 9 . Instead. Firstly. This flower folding pattern has two distinct features which will help you determine when to use it. You can watch a video which shows how to fold the Clematis flower by clicking the icon above. This means that the smallest size you can fold is not a function of the size of your smallest finger. The other feature to notice is that the Clematis flower does not require that you push petals up from underneath. which makes it a good choice for sculptures with flowers that don’t point directly at the viewer.
” At about age 6 she learned to how to fold origami cranes from her father and grandmother. and then folding it into a crane. It could also be a handicap. and we press forward. Rachel Taylor’s grandparents emigrated from Japan to the US just before World War 2. It’s so dark we fear we could lose ourselves. deeper and deeper. occasionally we are challenged with some sort of obstacle that seems insurmountable. tearing out a page. making it into a square. Or it could be something for which it seems there is no resolution. either by falling back upon the origami they learned as a child.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Origami Rx: Out of the Abyss As we live our lives. or by discovering it for the first time. the only option is to tunnel through. What follows are the stories of four people who had challenges thrust upon them. After what seems like an eternity we emerge whole. 10 . It is a scary place we enter. But in each case the burden of the challenge was lessened. a pitch black abyss envelops us. Her father joined the US Air Force and flew F-15’s for a living. into light at the other side. these challenges are like a tall and impossible-to-climb mountain. I remember my dad sitting next to me and pulling out one of the airline magazines. Each of these people entered a period of their lives that could have lead to crippling despair or isolation. like the long wait for a loved one to return from war. Perhaps that obstacle is a disease which requires a long treatment. except for the passage of time. Because we can’t climb it. or some sort of disorder for which there is little or no treatment. In many respects. but the only way out is to continue digging. And so we proverbially dig. until we become blinded by the dark. and then a long recovery period afterwards. “sometimes we would fly to a new state. She remembers moving around a lot in her younger days. victorious.
There’s something meaningful about doing it the same way you were taught. And so she began folding cranes.” “My cranes are all folded the exact same way. “It is very hard to be sick here in Romania. “While I was still a cadet at the US Air Force Academy my brother was deployed to Iraq.” Taylor’s brother joined the Marine Corps. I don’t forget. like I did what I can do. at peace. her grandmother had folded one origami crane each day he was gone. If you want to survive you have to be inventive and 11 . no matter where you go you have each other. so not a day went by that I didn’t fold a crane to keep him safe. joining the US Air Force. quietly at my desk.because luck is needed that day. “We don’t talk about it. When your family are your best friends. “My brother and I grew up best friends. to keep her brother safe in Iraq. That’s what is so beautiful about the cranes. “we never lived anywhere longer than three years.” she said. You don’t forget to brush your teeth. Romania and was diagnosed with breast cancer in March. Not a day went by that I didn’t think of my brother in Iraq. You don’t have to talk. I think from being in Iraq we each have our own crap that we’re dealing with.” Her brother safely completed a total of three tours in Iraq and one in Africa and Taylor ended up with a shoebox filled with over 800 cranes. It’s a therapeutic process if you let it be. while Taylor followed in her father’s footsteps. She remembered a family tradition.” Florina Mitrea lives in Bucharest. she believes. and she came to depend upon the friendship provided by her older brother. We’re not big on talking about our emotions. There’s a real strength that comes from that. “I would fold in my dorm room. One crane per day . you just know.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Taylor’s family moved often. There’s history there… you’re paying homage to that history. When her grandfather had gone away to fight in World War II. 2010. you don’t forget to fold a crane.” she said. No one seems to care about sick people. When I’m finished I feel in control.
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again from Wikipedia. Asperger’s Syndrome. understanding. In the meantime she has discovered something inside herself that she is proud of.” she said. she’s still working on her art. When I am finally able to work at it. chemotherapy has numerous side effects including hair loss. and impulse control areas of the brain. 12 . but now I want to follow this Origami Bonsai path. “I was fascinated and I started to look with great interest at your tutorials” she said referring to an Origami Bonsai video she watched.” Some months ago when she was feeling up to it. my thoughts go to a faraway place and I feel wonderful. if not. not only would he have trouble concentrating on a lesson. a total of eight of them. I’ll undergo more testing to see if I beat the cancer.” she added. 2010.” she said. “In Romania we say never say it is done until it is done. either because she’s receiving a treatment or is too sick following one. every night. is “a pervasive developmental disorder distinguished by a… qualitative impairment in social interaction. After each dose there is a recovery period. vomiting. “I was happy. nausea. I think I make beautiful arrangements. at school I made an origami cup. Typical treatment lasts three to six months over which time multiple doses of drugs will be administered.” Whether Mitrea’s illness is cured or not remains to be seen. Jason Shrand was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger’s syndrome when he was child. I couldn’t stop. Because of these disorders. some frogs and boats from paper. It made me so happy!” When Mitrea is unable to fold. After the first flower. and fatigue.” Mitrea spent two days reverse engineering the shape shown in an Origami Bonsai Instant Flower video to discover how the basic flower form is folded. so I was already familiar with origami. She likes to paint and was searching for flower videos when she stumbled upon some flower folding videos. and I forgot how sick I was. that would continue until December. Mitrea has undergone surgery and at the time of this interview she was at the end of her first round of chemotherapy treatments. but he would also have trouble making friends. planning. Sometimes I draw them and then wait until I feel good enough to fold the paper. and in the morning. According to the American Cancer Society’s web site. “I’m working on a lot of sculptures in my head. “I started my professional career as a graphic artist.” Having both disorders put Shrand at a severe disadvantage with respect to his peers. All the beautiful flowers began to blossom in my hands!” she said enthusiastically. I began to fold more and more. “After one chemo session it takes seven days to feel better. ADHD is a developmental disorder which affects problem solving. “After that it was easy.” Mitrea boldly said. I’ll start the fight again. Mitrea began surfing YouTube with an IBM PC. “When I was little. According to Wikipedia. “Right now I’m at the beginning of my recovery from this disease.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 find an escape.
USA. a story about a girl living in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing by the US. and I found that I was actually able to pay attention to the teacher more effectively by making paper cranes. there was never any shortage of materials. Dr. It has been particularly helpful with some of my special education students. Biagini says that origami “can focus some students who can become bored in a traditional classroom.” On a visit to the classroom. and since all I needed was paper. Joseph Shrand was astonished at the number of cranes his son had made.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 He said “I had a lot of difficulty staying focused in class throughout elementary and middle school. April. 13 .” Shrand says he was “intrigued by how a simple piece of paper could be folded into something so complex and beautiful. Joyce Biagini made origami books and squares of paper available to students. “People can choose a model – it’s been quite the social booster” he said enthusiastically. Massachusetts. He said that “hundreds of origami cranes decorated the perimeter of the classroom. I often used stress balls or small pieces of clay.” said Shrand.” It seems origami continues to help the younger Shrand overcome the challenges life has given him. flowers. I found that doing something with my hands helped me stay on task. but sometimes other students would get distracted when I brought a ball of clay into math class. My teacher recognized that folding was a good way for me to deal with my ADHD. and put them on display around the room. He recently arrived at college and “taped a small box of origami cranes. The class was reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin. As part of the lesson.” And then he was introduced to origami in his fifth grade Social Studies class at the Eames Way School in Marshfield. 2004). My teacher let me fold cranes every class. his teacher. turtles and everything in between outside his dorm room door. Shrand’s father.
Since then. I have never seen him become agitated while folding. Perhaps for Aidan. even though he forgets or is sometimes not pleased with the aesthetic outcome of his efforts. Aidan. Aiden folds in “fits and starts. “He routinely tests in the genius range in language and analytic skills. this miracle has only begun to unfold? 14 . I view his attraction to origami as a minor miracle. however his fine motor skills remain underdeveloped. a “1/2 Japanese young lady he has a crush on. “pushing the wrong button on a TV remote can take you to a screen you can’t exit from.” he said. Specifically.” said Lovick.” He says that Aidan learned origami from a classmate.” last year. was recently diagnosed with both ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a major benefit.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Troy Lovick has his hands full. His ten year old son. but really works at it. Considering he still hasn’t learned to tie his shoes. this can make him apoplectic (rage) and cause a 20 minute crisis. Lovick says that Aidan has a problem with frustration.
This requires a little patience because the pebbles tend not to clump together very well.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Pebbles with Variable Color The other morning I was reading the New York Times. This will ensure that none come loose in the future. There’s a bit of red. they kind of tend to go all over the place. 123 using the diluted glue and water mixture rather than full strength glue. these vivid hues are hard for a newspaper to achieve. I processed the pebbles as described in Advanced Origami Bonsai p. use a dry brush to pick up any of the glue mixture that may have pooled around the pebbles. turned the page and just stared at this advertisement. It’s a beautiful advertisement. I made sure that this advertisement was facing the outside as I made each pebble. Once your pebbles have dried you should apply a second coat of the diluted glue and water mixture to them. In fact. 120 up to and including step 5. Consider putting a large pan under your sculpture to catch wayward pebbles. Notice the colors. Notice the color variation (right) in the pebbles created from the advertisement pictured above. Once my pebbles were dry. After you apply the second coat. The finished look is worth the extra effort. I wondered if it might be possible to obtain interesting pebbles from it. I mixed 9 parts wood glue with 1 part water. I added the pebbles to my sculpture by following the instructions on p. from the beach (above) and a lot of blue hues from the ocean. 15 .
Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Notice (above) that there is no visible excess glue in the finished sculpture. These pebbles (left) were made from an advertisement that was primarily red in color. There is also a distinctly matte surface that allows more color to come through. 16 .
The pictures tend to be dramatic in terms of the space afforded the sculpture. 17 . I seldom have the opportunity to reflect upon my works and how they interact with their surroundings. and how an Origami Bonsai botanical sculpture compliments a room. a hallway. I take a group of photos of a specific sculpture in order to sell it. For the purpose of selling a specific sculpture I don’t want anything competing with the sculpture for your attention. I’m talking about décor here. or some other space. but sterile in terms of the space surrounding it. Whenever I complete a sculpture I put it on display in a common hallway of a building my parents live in. This has resulted in numerous design changes over the years and is a big part of the evolution of this art form. Residents pass by the sculpture and I obtain feedback through comments they tell my parents.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Origami Bonsai Décor When I take pictures of Origami Bonsai sculptures it’s usually for commercial purposes.
More importantly. and inspect. I can’t simply walk by the little shelf. There is some sort of elegant beauty in these small sculptures. The same hallway space that had room for only one sculpture now has enough space for three.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 In the past few months my sculptures have become more compact and complex. I love them. an unrepeatable uniqueness that I can’t quite put my finger on. 18 . Simply put. They have reached some sort of new esoteric level. I’ve noticed a change in me. For some reason I have to pause.
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