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DIY Origami - An Obsession!!

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DIY Origami - An Obsession!!
I'm going to be selling a collection of upcycled jewelry based on the theme of "Origami" at the Togetherly pop up at Orchard Central from 11am - 10pm, 15th Oct - 18th Oct! This is the first time I have sold anything I made since the Handmade Movement in 2013, well I was given a little nudge to explore other things.

DIY Origami Jewelry


My Origami Obsession - How Did It Start?

I've been obsessed with origami ever since I attended a Futures Practice organised by Sustainable Living Lab. We were rethinking the common shoe - how could it be redesigned to be sustainable. Our team came up with an origami shoe that was zero waste and involved less sewing. We called it the Bak Chang shoe!

Although we haven't taken the project further (yet!), I was very interested in how others had applied origami in design. Many fashion designers have used origami in their collections, including Yamamoto and Kenzo.

Some DIY was in order.  I borrowed this "Folding Techniques for Designers" and I started folding and folding .....

DIY Origami Jewelry

I ended up with a box full of origami samples

DIY Origami Jewelry

DIY Origami Jewelry

Sewists do Origami!

So from all this I realised that, hey, we sewists do a bit of origami when we sew. We pleat, we smock and we make folds of all sorts of shapes and sizes; we just give it a different name!

Pleats, Flowers and Bak Chang

Here are my creations - they're all made from factory off-cuts. The first one is inspired pleats (and also the box pleats in the book) and flowers.

DIY Origami Jewelry

The second one was inspired by bak chang, a traditional snack or meal eaten by the Chinese during Duan Wu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival). It's glutinous rice, meat and beans wrapped up in lotus or bamboo leaves.

DIY Origami Jewelry

Which one do you prefer?
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  1. My 9 year old is currently reading a funny book about Origami Yoda.. I'm going to show him this cool stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love origami too :) What a wonderful post. I never thought of making necklaces out of origami. Very Cool
    Colleen

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  3. I love the pleated flowers. Whenever i try to create embellishments they never turn out as well as whatever i am copying, but I may still give it a shot.

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  4. I love those pleats. Good luck, their great, I'm sure they will all sell!

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  5. My friend once did a dress outta origami. Impressive

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  6. Origami is the thing right now at my house. I'll have to show this project to my girls.

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  7. I like the pleats and flowers. I don't have the patience for origami but I think it is amazing (and so are you!).

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