how to fold origami | book review

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how to fold origami | book review

how to fold origami* – £9.99

as a person interested in paper, i like to learn about all the different things you can do with it, be that folding, cutting, scoring, making name it. of course, the time honoured art of origami fits in perfectly here. whilst i remember a few things taught to me as a child, much of it has been forgotten, so it’s nice to have a book as a reminder and a way to learn.

the book is very informative and laid out in a way that’s easy to understand. saying this, this isn’t a book for children, but one for adults, or older teens that have a good grasp of visual aids. it starts with an introduction to, and a brief history of origami and paper folding in general. it then goes on to discuss paper, and the many types of folds in origami as well as the symbols used in the books to help you along in making your creations. i found this all to be very helpful. if you were just learning origami or getting back into it, it would definitely be overwhelming otherwise.

a brief history of origami

how to fold origami | the folding symbols

how to fold origami | beginner project

within each project, it tells you whether it’s beginner, intermediate or advanced. there’s a nice range within the book, but most of them are in the intermediate difficulty, which i think right for this book. if you want something very basic, this wouldn’t be the book for you.

on the first page of each new project, it gives a brief history and context of the piece, which is a great touch, especially if you like to learn about what you’re making, what it means and its significance. it also discusses the ‘forms’ that make it up. alongside this is a photograph depicting the finished piece.

how to fold origami | the tsuru

how to fold origami | how to make a tsuru

sunshine origami project

how to fold origami | pink elephant

i really enjoyed looking through how to fold origami, and have bookmarked a few pieces i’d like to attempt. it can be a bit daunting, but if you’re looking for a new challenge, this is a book you can learn and grow with. as a side note, i’d recommend looking up some origami videos on youtube. so satisfying!


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collage sketchbook pages

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collage sketchbook pages 1-4 by laura redburn

you might have seen on my instagram recently that i started a small a6 moleskine collage sketchbook.

personally, i’ve always preferred loose pages over a sketchbook, but wanted to challenge myself a bit this year with various things. i figured something small such as this, with a limited amount of pages might get me back into some sort of routine. seeing these collages all together in a easy to look through format definitely has its charm!

before this i had started other sketchbooks but ultimately gave up as it just felt like too much pressure, but in no time i’ve easily filled up half of this, and can see that i’ll get to the end pretty soon too. i even want to start another, so that can only be a good thing, right? i must say, it’s nice making small quick collages with no real motive – just whatever comes to mind.

what do you think of my collages so far? do you prefer loose pages or a sketchbook? do you use these as a place to develop new work, or just get ideas ‘out’?

gif of sketchbook collages by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 5-8 by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 9-12 by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 13-15 by laura redburn


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snapshots of my week – 13th march

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blossom and clouds

pink and green leaves

i feel like i’ve been on and off ill for the past month now. or, beyond the tiredness and pain i usually feel. i’ve had moments or a day or two of clarity which is good enough to get me through, but i really want to feel ‘myself’ again. hoping that will come with spring, which definitely seems to be taking its grips in the UK. pretty sure it helps everyone.

last week i went to roath park and the conservatory for the first time in a while. i had wanted to go the week previously but i had a pretty bad cold and chest infection, and could barely walk from one room to another, let alone to roath park and beyond. when i left the house to go, it was sunny and warm. ‘perfect!’ i thought. but as soon as i got there it pretty much constantly rained or hailed, ha! which i used as a (pretty legit) excuse for a trip to the conservatory. it was weird being in there in the humid surroundings, hearing the hail pelting down on the glass. it does make me happy being in there though.

lots more photos after the jump!

black and white leaves

pink rain soaked hellebore

pink camellia bush

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