Thursday, 24 August 2017

New Look Pleated Globe Ornaments

This year, I've added a new dimensional feature to my pleated globe ornaments. Each pleat has a circular projection - this creates a nifty spiral effect. Easier than it looks, once you know how!

Here are your free print-and-cut ornaments:

To make the globes, first do a quick study with my Pleated Paper Globe Tutorial. These globes are pretty similar - you just have to make a few simple allowances for the added cut-out feature:

1 Print and the design onto 160gsm photocopier cardstock. 
2 Cut it out. If making the .pdf version, you must carefully cut the half-moons on the leftside of each circle design.
3 Score the fold lines, indicated by printed areas, using a fine-point embossing tool (hold against a small metal ruler for the straight lines).
Important: do not score across the circles.
4 Prime the folds - pre-crease them - accordion folds and Vs at top and bottom. 
5 Glue discs onto the wrong side of the ornament, directionally aligned with front discs.
6 Glue a continuous strip, then a ring.
7 Hanging loop: narrow ribbon  tied around a pony bead.
8 Use a tapestry needle to gather the top and bottom edges, popping the hanging loop in top, before closing.


Impressive pleating is sooo much easier when the fold lines are printed! Have fun making your print, cut, pleat ornaments. :D

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Geometric Origami, by Mark Bolitho. Review.

Perfectly Mindful Origami
By Mark Bolitho, Photography by Brent Darby
Jacqui Small 2017
Paperback, comes with 30 sheets of origami paper  UK £14.99/US $19.99/CAN29.99
ISBN 978 1 91127 11 6

Star rating: *****

The British Origami Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the author of this delightful new collection of origami models, Mark Bolitho, is a former Chairman of the society. He worked for many years as an accountant, and is now has a flourishing second career as an origami consultant. (I always enjoy hearing about do-what-you-love success stories.) So, kudos to Mark Bolitho.

On to Geometric Origami. This new title is a beauty. The models are visually stunning and fascinating to construct. The chapter headings are One-Piece Projects, Twists and Turns, Modular Projects, and Advanced Modulars. Folding complexity of the models is indicated with a star rating. Detailed step-by-step illustrations accompany each model, with additional photographic step-by-steps where required. There’s a showcase pic of each project, in well-chosen origami paper.

My favourite section is Twists and Turns. It is right on trend, with its emphasis on pleated construction. The spiralling Twister is a vase-like shape, a bit like a spiral staircase. The DNA Wheel is a self-locking spiral – its construction process is a beautiful to behold (this is where the contemplation comes in). The Modular Projects section contains some pretty nifty models, such as The Octahedron Nolid, made of two interlocking shapes. You get the papercraft equivalent of construction toys, plus the buzz of puzzle-solving – an excellent mix.

At the back of the book, you will find a pack of 30 well-chosen origami papers – some techie-looking prints, ombres, and sophisticated plains.

There are other geometric origami titles out there, many perplexingly challenging - this new one is extremely accessible, even for the origami newcomer. Makes a nice gift!

Note: I was given a review copy of this title.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Matisse in the Studio

Matisse in the Studio is the follow-up exhibition to Matisse and his Textiles - it was worth the 12 year wait. Yay. It is on at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, until November. These exhibitions are ususally globe-trotters, so who knows where you can catch it next.

Matisse loved his objects, and they informed his work. Here, you can see them side-by-side. Some, like a favourite chocolate pot, surface again and again, over decades. A Venetian shell-like chair, African masks - it is an intriguing reveal to see the actual object and how Matisse interpreted it in his work.

Of course, in his later years, Matisse did his paper cut-outs. It is fascinating to see the system he used to plan them. A string horizon line, then shuffle the pinned painted paper shapes, until the perfect arrangement was achieved. 

Can't complain about "exit through the gift shop", either - good choice of cards and fridge magnets. (Often you go to an exhibition, and the postcard you were hoping for is absent.)