I’m so fascinated with arts and crafts but I lack the ability to come up with something beautiful among the handworks that I’ve tried during my teenage years so I gave up. I think I’m more of generating clutter, and then I will end up frustrated and upset with all the clean-up that I need to do. Now, I always find an excuse in doing crafts with our minimalist efforts, saying… “I think we can do away with that cute stuff” or “Maybe, we can find a simpler way to do it without all the crafty efforts.”
Last year, we’ve met this very inspiring lady who transforms paper into wonderful and beautiful masterpieces, and she inspired me to try paper crafts. I know that I don’t have the talent like hers but I instantly became a fan and I couldn’t resist volunteering to be her default assistant during her workshops in our center, which she generously accepted. Lucky me! You can see her works here (Happy to Leekha) or you may join her classes at YTC Antipolo.
Fast forward to this day when I was able to make (upcycle actually) origami bookmarks out of directory pages and a used paper bag. My son helped me by sticking those heart cutouts and he gave it to his classmates and teachers as a gift during their Valentine’s Day celebration at Kindermusik with Teacher Jeannie and Company. Aren’t they lovely and cute and oh so crafty? I can’t believe that I actually made all of these and I feel happy about it. So, I think ORIGAMI is for me because it supports our minimalist lifestyle.
- No fancy tools/materials needed – I don’t actually need to buy a lot of tools and/or materials to do it and I can even reduce our disposals by upcycling those dusty-actually-forgotten-directories/magazines and transform them to something useful like a bookmark.
- No significant storage space required – Aside from the excess sheets of paper, scissors and my hands, there’s really nothing to keep after your craft sessions… how peaceful can that be?
- No pricey tags to reflect on – Origami paper can be a bit expensive, but you don’t actually need them to start this craft. You may use any paper that is available and start practicing until you get the proper technique.
And just like any other craft, PRACTICE is the key, which is what I need to do right now… keep on folding.