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Kirigami, I love you

Whilst looking for a link which is so far remaining irritatingly elusive, I stumbled across kirigami. You might know origami, the art of folding paper? Well kirigami is a close relative. It's the art of folding and cutting paper.

If you're the crafty type and you're thinking of making something a little different for Valentines day, then these images might give you some inspiration. If you don't fancy making something yourself, relax, grab a drink, and look at the beautiful photos.

lilzabubba started my introduction to the world of kirigami. She's created a variety of different 'snowflakes'. This one is particularly relevant to Valentines day - but the whole set is really worth a look.

There's an infinite number of designs for paper snowflakes - this one is an ornament, looked after by katrinkles. It also happens to be created by lilzabubba

If you're wondering where the folding comes in, then it's right here. Author and designer Jeffrey Rutzky has created this beautiful card - and many more works can be seen in his Flickr stream

aiai_paperflicker (^o^) has taken this even further with her butterfly card - it's 4 pieces, including the base, and holds together without glue.

If you're planning a weekend away, you could hint at the destination with a card. This cleverly cut image image is by Lucasaci

Or you could create a fantasy, like this - again by aiai_paperflicker (^o^)

If you like the idea, and really want to push it, then Richard Sweeney takes things to a whole new level. This is more like paper sculpture - and it's spectacular!

Happy folding...


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
11th Jan, 2008 19:54 (UTC)
The only word I can think of right now is, AMAZING!
I wish I was that talented.
11th Jan, 2008 19:57 (UTC)
Kirigami is a great hobby, but fiddly and frustrating and full of not only paper cuts but niggly little nicks of the knife if you're not careful. *sheepish* I have a few up of my own that I did years ago from patterns available online by Marivi in Argentina, a long-time friend of mine. Hers (as you can see on her website) are AMAZINGLY detailed and so beautiful. Give it a try...it's a fun hobby once you get past the nicks. :)

12th Jan, 2008 16:24 (UTC)
I was going to try and am glad you mentioned the nicks. I don't think my diabetic hands are quite ready for that. Hehe.
11th Jan, 2008 23:03 (UTC)
Awesome! I of course have no artistic talent so just buy things. SIGH Oh to have that sort of skill
11th Jan, 2008 23:16 (UTC)
the butterfly looks pretty.. :)
12th Jan, 2008 03:56 (UTC)
I love all kinds of origami-related stuff. This is really neat.
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