Paper Garden

This beautiful origami garden was created by Swiss designer Anouk Vogel to celebrate Japan’s Gardening World Cup. The event’s theme is Gardens for World Peace and Prayer for Japanese Recovery, and will aid the victims of the Japanese Tsunami. I love the all white sculpture as it highlights the simple beauty of folded paper. Congrats Vogel on receiving the Silver Medal and Judges’ Special Award for this beautiful installation. That is one peaceful spot.



Pleats Please

The master of pleats Issey Miyake, exhibited a beautiful new line of lamps at Milan Design Week 2012.

Produced by Artemide, these lamps are folded and stitched from fabric made from recycled PET bottles. There are nine different pleated shapes which will make choosing just one difficult. Ok origami friends, it’s time to get out some Tyvek and see what beauties you can come up with.


One Beautiful Bunny

Alex Pentek and David Shall have had a very good week! The long awaited Rabbit sculpture was finally installed on Tuesday, Feb 28th. So next time you find yourself in County Meath, Ireland check out this amazing origami sculpture by Alex Pentek. Take a drive on N2 towards Ashbourne and you can spot this beauty on a grassy knoll. Does the rabbit look familiar to you? It should. It was designed by our friend, David Shall of Harrisburg, PA. Alex tells me that it was the simplicity of the design and the character of David’s rabbit that inspired him to make the large scale work. Special thanks to the National Sculpture Factory in Cork for their support of this project, see studio photo.














Check out UPPERCASE, a magazine for the creative and curious, its a real treat.

I am thrilled to be featured in My Life with Paper, issue 12.

UPPERCASE is now available in North American Anthropologie stores and in their webshop. Congrats Janine!


Origami Turkey

Thanksgiving is such an excellent holiday – its not political or religious, it is a celebration of family and friendship. Why not add a little origami activity to the festivities. Check out this stop action video sent to me by a new friend, Hiromi Kubota. My turkey model can be used as place cards to decorate your holiday table. Just writing this post is making me hungry.

Happy Thanksgiving




Corrugated in Cordoba

When I saw this sculpture by artist Pablo Curutchet on it made me smile. I love when an artist envisions something very different and then shares that vision with the general public. For me that is the true meaning of outdoor art. Even today years after the”Box” installation has been dismantled I doubt anyone looks at that bridge the same.

Pablo Curutchet, via

Flower Fridge Magnet

Spring is in full bloom. The air is sweet and the flowers are amazing.

To celebrate I came up with a simple fridge magnet to add a little spring to your grocery list.


5” x 7” card stock • wine glass • quarter • ballpoint pen • scissors • glue • magnet

Using a ballpoint pen, trace the base of the wine glass onto the card stock. Place the quarter in the center of the outline. Press down firmly with the pen as you trace around the coin. You may want to go twice around so that the paper is well scored. Repeat step so you have two disks. (see photo #1)

Trim out the two disks. Make the top disk slightly smaller by cutting approximately 1/8″ on the inside of the outline. Scissor Tip: when cutting curves hold the scissors straight and rotate the paper not the scissors. Make long smooth cuts using the entire length of the blade. Next make a straight cut from the edge of the paper to the center of the circle. (see photo #1)

Overlap the cut edges by approximately a ½ inch. At the same time bend the paper along the scored line gently pushing the center in. Depending on the thickness of the paper it may take a little coaxing. Glue into position. (see photo #2)

Flip it to the other side. Make a straight cut along the seam form the edge to the scored line. Position that cut at 12 o’clock then cut again at 3, 6 & 9. Cut each petal in half and then in half once more(see photo #2). You should end up with 16 petals. Snip the corners of each petal. Repeat steps with second disk. Glue the center of the disks together.

Flip over to the backside and glue the magnet in the center(see photo #3). I used an unwanted magnetic business card.

That’s It!

Creative Mojo

Today I was interviewed by Mark Lipinski of Creative Mojo. His introduction for my new book, Modern Paper Crafts was so flattering I was a little speechless at first. Luckly Finn (pictured) broke the ice with a few loud barks. Mark and his co-hosts are always energetic and funny, by the end of the show you wish they were coming over for dinner. He interviews folks in all sorts of creative fields so there is always something interesting to hear and something new to learn. Toginet Radio’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski is archived as a Podcast check the May 11, 2011 show.


Pulp Fashion

Recently we took a road trip up to San Francisco to see an amazing exhibition of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. The Legion of Honor Museum is the perfect location for such a beautiful show. For those of you that have never been the museum, it is perched on a hill overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and the city beyond.

In Pulp Fashion Isabella de Borchgave has created over 60 costumes made entirely of painted paper. Inspired by her love of fabrics she has recreated characters from historical works of art.  She is an amazing painter, pattern maker and creative genius, that manipulates paper to into a creation all her own.

My favorite room was devoted to Mariano Fortuny. I would have loved to leave the museum with one of those gowns under my arm. My words can’t begin to describe the wow factor of this show – it’s a must see.
Pulp Fashion at the Legion of Honor

Make a Swatch Book

Keeping a swatch book of your paper is so helpful. I like to use shipping tags with a 2″ loose-leaf style ring. It is a fast a no fuss way to keep track of your stash. This swatch book style is easy to flip through, rearrange and add to.

First gather up all the beautiful paper you have stashed around your home. I know its hard to cut a little piece out of the perfect sheet. But if you don’t there is a good chance it will be forgotten until your next move. I cut the corner that has the pricing/sku sticker. Staple the swatch flush to the edge of the tag. Use the backside of the card to make notes: where it was purchased, dimensions & fiber content. Now keep it handy.