A little peek into the world of paper artistry
Once upon a time Nobuhiro Yamaguchi, the founder of the Origata Design Institute in Japan came across a second-hand book about the art of origata and decided it was time to bring this ancient tradition of wrapping back to life.
Origata is quite simply the art of gift wrapping. It dates back to the Muromachi period (1333-1573) a time where wrapping and the presentation of gifts was considered as important as giving the gift itself. What Yamaguchi has done is taken the often complicated folds used in this era and simplified them for modern day life.
Origata differs from the gift wrapping we know with its unique method of only partly concealing the gift inside. In traditional areas of Japan it was considered impolite to open a gift in front of the gift giver, so you can see how a little origata gift exposure came to be.
The real beauty of Origata however, is in its folds and the meaning behind those folds. For example, a good luck fold is created by folding to the front and right of a package, creating a small opening to the left side. This is said to convey a feeling of overwhelming happiness. Then there is the fold of misfortune, where the fold is on the left side expressing the giver’s sympathy for the recipient. There are many different folds with many different meanings. I just love that the folds have their own silent language. It’s so beautiful.
I can’t wait to visit the Origata Design Institute in Tokyo later this year. It really is my idea of heaven on earth. We are lucky enough to have one of their paper products in our store as of today! So take a look at the very beautiful Hexagonal House (pictured below). It is one of my favourite finds and we hope to be able to bring you lots more from Origata in the future.
Oh and btw there are 12 new and wonderful products in the shop today! YIPPEE!
I really have a weakness for stationery with clouds on it. I don't know why, just something about clouds makes me feel all comfy and cosy. So when I came across this paper work titled Airmail by British artist Holly Ormrod I felt, well comfy and cosy!
Take a look at Holly's gorgeous online portfolio and make sure you check out Bookworm too. It's seriously adorable stuff!
Crumpled art by German artist Christiane Feser.
Thank you to Lucy at The Design Files for this lovely post today! And thank you also to my very talented sister Cherine who took the photographs! I tell you, it's handy having a photographer in the family!
Hirinori Inada is the designer behind StitchandSew from Japan. His mission or creative process involves "rethinking and redesigning everyday items, making them easier to use." Inada sets out to create objects that are not only beautifully crafted but functional too. I love these paper bags! They are so simple and so cool. I'm going now to see if I can get them into the shop. Wouldn't that be nice!!!
Sometimes when I come across an object made from paper I wonder how? How can it be made of paper? And how was it folded so perfectly, without a kink or crease in sight? If you have ever tried making a three dimensional form from paper you would know that patience and skill are the order of the day. Which leads me to the conclusion that artist Richard Sweeney is both a patient and skillful man!
These are his 2010 works which he folded using wet watercolour paper. Most of these will be exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park London, 11th-14th March 2010. So if you are lucky enough to live nearby, here's your opportunity to get up close and personal!
These 'eiffel' stools bare a striking resemblance to a structure I once visited in France ; ) You'll be happy to know they are earth friendly and made from pure pulp and recycled paper.
They are durable, flexible and come flat packed (Ikea like) ready for you to assemble. Shigeki Fujishiro designed these stools with comfort and ease of movement in mind. If you check out his website you must take a look at his pinball machine design too. It's simply awesome!
I found these stools whilst window shopping at Cargo27. They have a beautiful selection of all sorts of goods so it's definitely worth a look!
UPPERCASE is a magazine for the creative and curious. I have LOVED this magazine since issue 1! It's a quarterly magazine printed on very lovely paper and you can get it from the extremely awesome magnation. So anyway, I was scrolling through my very long list of unread feeds - 987 to be exact, and found this (see below)! Word is really traveling fast and I'm finding it all VERY exciting!
Zim and Zou are a graphic design duo from France. Thibault Zimmermann (Zim) works with digital art, illustration, photography and web design. Lucie Thomas (Zou) works with handmade crafts, paper and other materials. Here is their latest project - a gorgeous poster for a snowboarding contest for clients Réglisse & Coconut. I must say Mr Penguin, you are just so cute!