Entry for the Hobby Hub Challenge - Miniature Origami using flower petals

in hobbyhub •  8 months ago

I am sure that origami is something everyone is familiar with, and even if you don't think that you are an origamist (yes, that's the word for it) at some point in your life you've probably folded a paper plane or a piece of paper so it can fit into an envelope. My interest with origami has taken me from a career as an IT consultant to dabbling in the arts and now exploring art as a therapy for mental health and well-being, but today I want to tell you a little bit more about what is it that I do as a hobby.

If you read my introduceyourself post, this is the picture that you will see:

In fact it is a similar picture to my profile image, and the banner for my profile image is a cropped picture of this:

Which is basically the picture of a water droplet next to an origami crane sitting on top of a rose petal. You will notice that the origami crane has the same colour and texture as the rose petal, because it is made from the same rose that I pressed and turned into the 'paper' that I used to make the origami model.

Most people like to ask me why I make miniature origami cranes. It seems like they are more fascinated by their size rather than the material which it is made from. In case you are wondering how small I make them, here's another picture:

There are of course many people who can make miniature cranes about this size, and if that's all I managed to do then this wouldn't be a very different story. But just to explain the power of being able to do something simple and do it well, I can tell you that you get to make miniature origami crane by starting from a bigger piece of paper and work your way down to smaller sizes (there's no secret or tricks to this at all - although sometimes I wish there was).

Lots of people have commented on the fact that I should make the cranes bigger or use some other materials, but for some reason the idea of using flower petals just seemed right to me. After all, what can be more beautiful and natural compared to the resources that nature provides!

There is also value in the impermanence of this material, that is has a transient nature (the flower petal loses its colour and structural integrity, albeit rather slowly if you keep it out of direct light and away from moisture). I didn't know this but impermanence (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impermanence) is one of the essential doctrines and a part of three marks of existence in Buddhism. I always thought of myself as more of a Taoist though :p

I have never thought to make a living from this hobby of mine, but I have used the insights gained from teaching myself how to do this to explore the potential of using origami as a form of art therapy, to teach people how to improve their mental fitness and well-being. I have considered partnering with other artists that are interested and have explored the therapeutic benefits of art to create resources for people looking for alternative forms of mindfulness exercises or activities.

And if you know someone who also shares this same hobby as me, I'd love to get some tips and advice on how to improve my techniques and what you do to preserve them for longer.

Thank you for reading :)

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This is something I have always wanted to try, and now I feel even more encouraged to do so! Thank you for entering the Hobby Hub challenge! You have a lovely way of writing, you should consider submitting your educational posts to the @steemiteducation channel!

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Hi @sweetpea, I am a very big fan of the @steemiteducation channel but I haven't written anything that I thought was of educational value yet. I have considered writing about the therapeutic benefits of origami (I do mindfulness workshops based on this), but wasn't sure if it was the right channel/tag/audience.

Wow, that is pretty amazing! I would have to work long and hard to get a regular size crane with regular paper! Amazing!! Do you use needles or something to pull and push the pieces into place? I wonder if you could preserve them by putting them in wax? Really cool hobby!

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I started with regular paper and regular size crane as well, and I guess making them smaller is more manageable than making them bigger so that's how the story goes. Not everyone finds origami easy or relaxing, but it has to be the cheapest hobby next to meditation I think :)

I don't use anything other than my own two hands, and in the case of flower petals I have to use a scalpel to cut the pressed flower petals into squares (nature doesn't produce square shaped flower petals I don't think). Here's a video of hospitals using an interesting test as part of their recruitment process (or maybe it is a marketing campaign?):

You can preserve flowers using resin, which is what I think @nature.art does with her jewellery.

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Wow that is a pretty intense test to become a doctor! I can't imagine the stress there. Thanks for sharing the video. I can imagine doing it large scale would be difficult! Ha ha - I have never seen square petals before either. Something to keep an eye out for. 😉

oh wow ! what a great art form and hobby its so tiny @plushzilla ! This would definitely be great art therapy ! Good luck in the #hobbyhub contest !👍👍👍

This is beautiful and so delicate ! ^_^

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Thank you for the kind comment! I have lost a few in the past because I do everything by hand and flower petals are delicate as you say... since then I have also succeeded with using orchid petals and beetroot leaves :)

Amazing origami :o can you tell me how you press the petals and cut out a square, i can make pretty tiny ones myself :3

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Hi @ivan-g, I love modular origami and tessellations but I have always found it very difficult to do. I think I was done a few of the more basic roses but that's about as far as I got. What are you studying at university at the moment? I'd love to see pictures of your tiny origami work, and you might be interested in Stacie Tamaki's tinygamis at www.tinygami.com.

There is no secret to pressing the petals but you have to adjust the amount of time you press them depending on the thickness and the moisture. I use think stock blotting paper but type of paper is fine as long as the ink doesn't transfer to the petals, and you just have to check to see when you need to replace the paper if it gets too wet and can cause the petals to go moldy. I have only tried this one rose petals, orchid petals and beetroot leaves and the time varies a bit so you do have to experiment.

As for cutting I use scalpels as it is impossible to cut them into small squares without a very sharp blade. Again you'll have to be careful with the petals because it is easy to tear them in the process of cutting or folding. I don't know of anyone else that has done this before so I do hope you take up the challenge because I need someone to swap tips and share ideas with :)

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I study psychology, glad you checked out my stuff, I can't wait to try this out, im working on a peace crane post (for about 4 days now), ill definitely make a tiny origami one, love working with small papers especially if I'm low on resources, (at uni or out and only have receipts or scraps) I havent tried petals but I did try raw leaves from trees before xD cant wait to see your posts and ill check out tinygami <3 ps. Tell me what you find difficult about tesselations and modular, I'll tell you some tips and tricks ive learned over time

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I am trying to create workshops for people to improve their mental health and well being through creative activities like origami and other forms of art, so I'd love to chat more if you are studying psychology and also interested in origami!

I think like most people who are origami beginners I have a lot of trouble with the instructions for tessellations and it is one of those things that I need someone to sit through and explain it to me without paper instructions or videos (or at least start from something easier).

I have tried the kawasaki rose before and have tried to read some of Eric Gjerde's explanations yet somehow my brain just doesn't process tessellation in the same way that I do with other instructions, so anything that you have in the way of tips and tricks will be much appreciated :p

Even if you started with some simple tessellation models (and I mean very basic) so I can work my way up to something more complex would be great, it is not always easy to find models and instructions on the internet.

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No problem, on my way home now, 1am, so i can show some easier stuff tomorrow, have a few models in mind, always up for a chat and I teach origami in highschool for 4 years now so I have some experience explaining steps :D you can pm me on discord -Killua#04868

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You seem to have one of those names that doesn't come up on the Discord search :p Are you in any other groups that I might know about? My Discord id is: plushzilla #1634

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Got it thanks!

I really love this @plushzilla <3

Thank you for choosing this as one of the posts where I can get to know you better. I really do get to see you and your appreciation for life and art and beauty in your writing.

I also see that you're focused on what is important to you and what connects with you - despite what others try to sway you to believe. Such a nice quality :)

Going to read the other post now!!!

@kchitrah - you might appreciate this post :)