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Monday, February 23, 2009

Origami

Origami (from oru meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper") is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.
Origami only uses a small number of different folds, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The most well known form is probably the Japanese
paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be different colors or prints. Contrary to most popular belief, traditional Japanese origami, which has been practiced since the Edo era (1603–1867), has often been less strict about these conventions, sometimes cutting the paper during the creation of the design.


In 2004 my hubby and I went on a Holland cruise and while sitting at the bar talking with one of the bartenders he proceeded to take a bar menu and make me this crane. I was soooooo impressed............I carefully carried it home and it continues to rests inside my antique china cabinet that I inherited from my Mom.


Every time I look at it, I remember that trip and the kindness of that man so here is an encouraging word.....................
Even if our dollar isn't worth much.......Look at all you can make with it





and my favorite............................................



If you would like to learn how to make these you can go to http://members.cox.net/crandall11/money/
Fight back...............USA USA USA

9 comments:

Linda G. said...

Another interesting post, Changes! I love your little crane and the story behind it.
I'm really happy for the dollar folding instructions as the day may be coming when that's all we can do with them!
They're really cute too:)

Kacey said...

Way Cool! Ah nuts! I sound like a hangover from the 80's. But, the dollar folding is really neat.

Shammickite said...

That folded dollar art is quite inspiring.... but we can't do that with a Canadian dollar.... no more banknotes for us, we have dollar coins called loonies instead!

Chatty Crone said...

Love the Kung Foo Panda.

Lady Di Tn said...

Kind of you to share the story of your crane. I like the money ones and if things keep up we may all be folding away. Peace

JeanMac said...

What I love about this story is the
"kindness of strangers".

Granny Annie said...

So if we fold the dollar bill, how much can we sell it for?

Great post, interesting story, lovely sharing of an art form and needed statement on our economy. Basically you've done it again:)

Farmchick said...

I love the dollar bill Origami. The Librarian at my daughter's school just returned from a trip to Japan. And thus, Origami is all the rage at the school. Such an interesting art form.

silverlight said...

Enjoy folding the money now. There is serious talk about replacing the paper with coins. How about that? from coins to paper, and back again.