Book Review: Origami Ikebana

origami ikebana

If you liked Origami Flowers, you’ll like Origami Ikebana by Benjamin John Coleman. Ikenbana is the long beloved flower arranging technique that honors nature and creates beauty through harmony and balance.

For those who don’t have a green thumb, like myself, you will find this book a godsend! You’ll learn how to fold 8 different leaves and more than 30 different flower types. What’s more, paper origami flowers won’t wither over time.

“Assembling Origami Ikebana” – an important section that explains – at a high level – how to combine all the pieces together into a beautiful arrangement. He discusses shape, heigh, perspective and color. Once you understand all the different principles, you’ll be able to let your imagination run while, creating your very own ikebana – for yourself, friends and family!

Yuki Hagino

Yuki Hagino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by fashion and architecture, Yuki Hagino’s graduation show culminated a lovely collection of sculptural gowns that details origami pleats.

It’s no surprise that after the show, the compliments quickly rolled in – the London Evening Standard praised her work as “heavenly” while Elle UK applauded her work as  “one of the standout pieces of the show”.

(via 1Granary)

Yuki Hagino

Yuki Hagino

Book Review: Origami Flowers

origami flowers

All origami enthusiasts are a bit romantic, a word that means different things to different people, but certainly a gesture that requires time, thoughtfulness, and patience. Famed origami masters, Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander, cowrote Origami Flowers, a beautiful origami kit that will surely set the stage for a little romance in your life.

Once you’ve practiced a couple of models- there are a total of 20 – you can create these flowers for a multitude of occasions: origami roses for Valentines Day, Mother’s Day greeting cards and bouquets, as well as wedding centerpieces, table decor and favors.

Remember, even if your flower doesn’t come out perfectly, “It’s the thought that counts”. That’s what’s great about origami, it doesn’t matter how little a gift costs, or the outcome of your folds; what is important is the feeling or thoughtfulness that the giver is expressing. 

The authors also dedicated this book to their mothers – a very romantic gesture.