Thursday, October 8, 2009

Foldable Fashion

Girligami: A Fresh, Fun, Fashionable Spin On Origami

For those who know me, I’m a person who loves arts and crafts. I think it comes from having a lot of younger cousins so I’m forever trying to think of interesting things to entertain them when we are out. I’ve made spinable windmills from toothpicks and lucky stars from straws (not the normal paper kind which I must have made about a million by now, I went through a phase in high school where for everyone’s birthday I would hand dye paper and make stars that adds up to their birthday digits and there were a lot of December babies in my school.) Anyway, I digress. Imagine my delight when I discovered Girligami, a book authored by Cindy Ng who puts a fun fashionable spin on origami.

She teaches you how to fold foxy pumps, cocktail dresses as well as cupcakes and ice-cream. On top of the instructions, she also provides suggestions as to what to do with the finished product. My only complaint about the book is that you have to cut paper out of the book to create the pieces. Cindy depends heavily on the patterns of the paper to guide you in the instructions and give the product life. For example, with the foxy pump, if you are using ordinary paper, the finished product might not look as much like a shoe as you’d think and it’d be a lot harder to fold as she instructs you to fold along a specific line in the pattern. What do to when you run out of paper? Well she does provide the patterns online for you to print out but I still prefer using traditional origami paper. That tiny flaw aside, this book is a wonderful way to reconnect with childhood memories and make something grown up out of folding paper. Finally, we can be fashionable without breaking the bank.

Get it at Amazon

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