Tired of knitting when life seems hectic? Struggling to find an alternative that’s equally as stimulating and challenging? The ancient Japanese art of paper folding may just do the trick and fulfill your need to create - it's called Origami!
Akin to the recent adult colouring trend, Origami as a means of calming down is on the rise. There are a whole host of reasons as to why this may be, especially when looking at the main premise and aim of origami as an art form. Rather simply, the only goal you have is to take your flat paper and create a structure with it.
Origami takes a massive variety of forms, from very small cranes and lucky stars, to elaborate recreations of trees and plants and swans that you’re probably very used to seeing. Because it’s created with careful techniques, origami can take most forms and shapes, so if you want a macaw or you’re desperate for a paper piano, you have the ability to shape and mould that. Although projects such as those require a lot of patience, you get a beautiful end product, and maybe that’s why this trend is exploding all of a sudden? Sometimes, you need to be able to work on something that takes time, takes thought, distracts you from the outside, and that seems to be exactly what origami and adult colouring are about.
Whether you’re looking to fill a jar with repetitive stars or create something akin to one of the earlier examples, origami seems to be a relaxing and careful way to let off some steam, regardless of what you’re interested in making. And with that, we're so excited to say that we will be hosting three Origami themed shows this week. Get prepared - a whole list of resources on how to get started can be found here!
Think Origami is the craft for you? You can watch Modular Origami on Tuesday 26th April at 10AM, 1PM and 5PM on Hochanda. Don’t be afraid to send pictures of your crafts to any of our social media channels - Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We love to see your creations! Tune into Hochanda on Freeview channel 39 (12am - 4am), Sky channel 663 or Freesat 817, or catch us any time of the day on our website.