Origami Therapy Book

Origami Therapy Book

Origami Therapy Book 2016
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Origami is internationally recognized for its therapeutic qualities. It is often used to reduce anxiety and help those diagnosed with ADHD, autism and dementia. It has also been used as a physical distraction for those wishing to quit smoking, keeping the hands busy when otherwise unoccupied. Origami provides a gentle focus on simple steps, creating a meditative state and a perfect distraction from a stressful job or task. Once you learn a model you can do it without thinking, which brings a peaceful state of mind. Besides its therapeutic attributes it is also a fun activity to do with children.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
2,97 €(IVA inc.)

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what is origami?

It was originally a ceremonial art reserved for the wealthy who could afford paper, but as paper became affordable for all, so the popularity of this art form grew in Japan. Origami models were given as gifts, used in Shinto ceremonies and displayed as good luck charms at weddings. Today, most regard cutting the paper as non-traditional, but this idea was only introduced when origami was popularised in America in the 1960s. As early as the 19th century, teachers in Europe started to employ origami as a developmental aid for children. Today, it’s used in both brain and physical injury rehabilitation. Hand-eye coordination and delicate motor skills are challenged as you follow a simple set of instructions to create something complex. Origami is also internationally recognised for its therapeutic qualities. It’s often…

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BASES Origami bases are the simple building blocks from which all traditional origami is built. They are the foundation or starting point of many models. In this book, we begin with the simplest bases and gradually add to them to make more complex origami models. The language of folding All origami begins with one of these folds. Understanding the difference between the two is key to success. But don’t worry, as they’re very simple to master TRIANGLE FOLD Perhaps too simple to be considered a fold, it’s the starting point of many traditional origami models. HOUSE BASE CUPBOARD FOLD WINDMILL BASE PIG BASE BLINTZ BASE PRELIMINARY FOLD WATERBOMB BASE FROG BASE BIRD BASE SONOBE MODULE Despite this base being named after Mitsunobu Sonobe, he doesn’t claim to be the creator of this fascinating model. Alone, one Sonobe module is a simple fold, but when you combine multiple…

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FOX PUPPET PIG BUTTERFLY DOVE FROG SNAIL CRANE The crane is considered the most classic of all traditional origami, and is often given as a gift. Stringing 1,000 paper cranes together is thought to grant wishes, and they’re often left at shrines in Japan in the hope that the maker’s prayers will be answered. One Thousand Paper Cranes To string your cranes together, you’ll need a length of thread and a needle long enough to reach from the top to the bottom of your crane’s body. Make a knot in one end of the thread and, like beads, string the cranes together, starting with the one you’d like at the bottom of your string. FLAPPY BIRD…

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DAHLIA FLOWER You need to make three units to create this simple flower, using scissors and paper glue. LOTUS FLOWER The lotus flower enjoys a special place in Japanese and East Asian cultures. It’s usually a symbol of peace and purity. KUSUDAMA FLOWER The Japanese word kusudama actually refers to the ball you can make using 12 of these flowers by stitching or gluing them together. They were traditionally made from real flowers to scent a room. Now they’re made from paper and used as decorations or given as gifts. Even individual flowers make lovely gifts. TULIP Combine your tulip flowers with the stem on the next page! STEM KUSUDAMA BALL…

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OPEN BOX PRETTY BOX This shallow box is great for putting sweets in. 8 POINTED STAR This model is really two four-pointed stars joined together. WATERBOMB CLOSED UMBRELLA For this model, you’ll need a pair of scissors, a pipe cleaner and some PVA glue. Although not a traditional model, it uses traditional folds, and with the addition of a pipe cleaner for a handle it makes a quirky hanging ornament. SONOBE BALLS Module preparation There are endless ways to create shapes from your Sonobe modules, depending on how you fold the module and assemble them together. Here, we’ll show you how to prepare your module for making a 12- or 90-unit Sonobe ball. SONOBE BALLS 12-unit ball (octahedron) SONOBE BALLS 90-unit ball IDEA: How about folding one of these from tracing paper and putting fairy lights inside, or an LED lightbulb to make a fantastic designer…