Origami Bijou

Fashioned from a single sheet of silver

How Origami Unlocked My Inner Creative Genius

Cindy Ng

I have always thought of origami as a clever and beautiful art form. It has a rich history that dates back to the first or second century AD in China and gained prominence in the fifteenth century, when high-class Japanese samurai warriors practiced it as a form of gift-giving at banquets. However, I could never understand why origami continued to be such a popular pastime. I thought about it for a long time and came up with my own theory.

When I was ten, I really wanted to wear a pair of high heels because I thought I would look cool, but never found the occasion to get a pair (truth: my mother wouldn’t let me). Now that I am old enough to wear heels, I still have to dream about looking cool in them — because the reality is, I can barely walk in them! There is one consolation, though. If I can’t walk in them, I can at least fold them. This is why I started folding high heels. While folding shoes, I stumbled upon folding different kinds of sweets, which brought back fond memories of first dates, and excursions with girlfriends celebrating life’s joys and sorrows (which of course then made me hungry for real sweets). Each new project brought memories to mind, which in turn inspired other new projects.

Origami has always been an interesting way to engage and connect with our dreams, memories, and desires. As we fold origami creations, we think about what they represent, and the connections to our past and future lives — all with just a simple piece of paper!!

What can you do with origami?

First, you can wear it! Fashioned from a single sheet of silver, Origami Bijou enables you to adorn this beautiful art without wilting!

Second, you can fold it! Girligami has eighteen origami creations to make with the help of easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step instructions.

The projects are inspired by the world of delicious sweets, wacky critters, high-tech gadgets, falling in love, and the fashion runway.

And have you ever wondered what to do with a cool piece of origami that you have just made? Well, now you can turn them into little gifts for yourself or your friends. There are lots of super fun and easy projects to make from your folded designs — everything from jewelry, to greeting cards, to hanging notepads.

All the projects in the book are easy enough for curious beginners and intriguing enough for seasoned enthusiasts.  So get ready: new and old memories are about to unfold at your fingertips.

Met Museum's ManusxMachina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Cindy Ng

2,000 Folded Sheets Forms a Full-Size Nissan Origami Car

Cindy Ng

nissan-juke-full-size-origami-car-designboom-04 Origami is a popular way to celebrate anniversaries.

And to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Nissan Juke, they enlisted British paper artist Owen Gildersleeve to create a life-size origami of the SUV. Comprised of 2,000 folded pieces of paper, it took more than 200 hours to put together. It is built to the exact dimensions of the Juke. Talk about handmade! The paper SUV also features the same design elements that give the real-life Juke its distinct quality.

via DesignBoom


Origami Jurassic Park

Cindy Ng

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 8.42.00 PM A member of the Vietnam Origami Group, origami artist and chemistry teacher Adam Tran folds stunning origami models - from dinosaurs to delicate flowers. To see more of his amazing work, visit his Flickr!


MIT Origami Robot

Cindy Ng

robot-1 MIT Scientists invented a 1.7cm square robot capable of walking on different surfaces, climb, carry objects twice its own weight, swim in shallow water, burrow, and it even completely dissolves in an acetone solution leaving behind just the magnet. Researchers hope to develop an even smaller robot with additional sensors that can dissolve in water. It has enormous potential in health care - when introduced inside of a human body, it can potentially zap cancer cells or clean clogged arteries. You can read more about it over at IEEE and in this research paper. (via This is Colossal)

Hu Design Studio Makes Origami Inspired Head Figures

Cindy Ng

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.49.00 PM Designed for special event of the "Grand magasin Printemps de Paris" (18/02/2014 - 18/03/2014) The original idea is about "gardian", and some ancient creatures' figures in front of Chinese traditional gates, such as lions, dragons, Kylins, etc. They represent gardian and are full of masculine power, they are very suitable for men's section. So tying the creatures' figures and forms to the mask of gardian brings some traditional elements and creates some taste of future. (via Hu Design Studio)

Book Review: Japanese Paper Crafting

Cindy Ng

Japanese paper crafting If you've always been curious about washi paper, you're in luck because this book is for you! Japanese Paper Crafting by Michael LaFosse will teach you how to create washi paper as well as uses for it!

You can use wash to create your own awards and writing letters, especially when using calligraphy. Another surprising use of wash is that you can create Shoji Screens - a type of room partition or divider - these paper walls help organize life into pleasant, illuminated, harmonious spaces. Also you can use washi paper to make containers, wrapping paper, book covers, lanterns, and kites.

If you don't want to make washi paper, there are instructions to make the famous origami crane, envelopes, vase cover, and decorative boxes. Washi paper simply inspire beauty in our lives and it's fun to make!



Book Review: Origami Animal Sculpture

Cindy Ng

origami animal sculpture (FYI This book is for advanced origami enthusiasts, aka teenagers and adults!)

Origami Animal Sculpture, by John Szinger is a wonderful advanced origami book for ones who want to create lifelike and expressive origami models inspired by nature. Individuals who are detail oriented and able to stick with a long instruction sequence will find the results extremely rewarding as you'll have the opportunity to practice patience and teens will have a leg up when they take geometry. The nerds in geometry class will have fun calculating all the angles and fully comprehend the mathematical principles it would take to create these models.

My favorite ones are the octopus and turtle.

Book Review: Origami Ikebana

Cindy Ng

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

Cindy Ng

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

Cindy Ng

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.

Raster Masks

Cindy Ng

Lisette Appeldorn is a conceptual designer living in Amsterdam who created "Raster." Intrigued with African cultures, Ms. Appeldorn created this series using plywood. By applying different folding techniques to thin layers of plywood, she was able to make the masks look more futuristic. Happy Halloween!