Creative Guidance for an Origami Art Practice
Imagine Having the Skill to Design Your Own Origami Models...
How I Found the Real Secret to Origami Creativity...
When learning a new origami model, or folding models that I've known about and folded for years, I am always fascinated by the act of folding, with the folding process itself, and that with every model there is a new discovery or realization about the creative process. It's always a magical and rewarding experience. As much as I love that process I'd always wondered how origami models were created, and how to begin go about creating my own.
I remember asking a question about this in an origami forum at one time long ago, and I didn't receive even a single reply. Not one. My assumption then was that creativity in origami was reserved just for the geniuses, for those born with a very special kind of creative talent, and that I would have to remain content with following the directions for models made by people who had been given such a gift.
And that was that until the day I set myself a goal and embarked on a project that changed not only the way I approached origami, but also the way I perceived myself in relationship to this wonderful art. After that project I no longer viewed myself as one who had to be satisfied with simply following the direction of others, but someone who could also enjoy the journey as a creator and artist of origami.
What I found during the course of that project was the gift of creativity in origami, and it is this gift that I would like to share with you; to help you realize that within you too there is that same creative ability which only needs to be encouraged and cultivated to blossom into something exciting and wonderful.
I am so pleased to offer what I have learned about origami and creativity in this workshop and I look forward to meeting you, to seeing your work, and sharing my knowledge and experience in hopes that your own creative journey will thrive and bring you the rewards you seek.
Are You Ready to Discover and Share Your Creative Gifts?
This course is for anyone who is interested in the creative process as it relates to origami and wants to...
What You Will Gain By Taking This Workshop...
An Origami Course Curriculum To Stretch Your Mind
In this first module of the course, we'll take a look at the principles of creativity. You will learn how to apply these principles to the process of folding paper to and begin to think more broadly about the creative process. As points of departure to exercise this creativity we will fold a box and a few different decorative lids. A simple prompt, and basic guidelines to work on a new origami idea, will be given as an assignment.
In this module we will be folding the Tic Tac Toe pieces that we set as a creative challenge in the first module. We will take a look at a four-stage process for designing origami, and why it is important to use this process. You will be given a demonstration of how to make a heart, how to create connectors, and other variations as points of departure to exercise your creativity. As a special challenge, you will be given the basic elements to make a multi-piece star, and you’ll be asked to complete this model on your own.
In this module we will be folding the multi-piece star that was set as a creative challenge in the module two. You will be shown a demonstration of how to make three-dimensional locks as points of departure to exercise your creative origami spirit. We will also be folding a multi-piece origami star and learning the module for a 12-piece wreath of hearts which is my variation on the work of another creator. Using this module as a base, you will be prompted to fold a module and your own variations.
In this module, as a case study, we will walk through the design genesis of an origami model, designed by myself, from a square piece of paper. You will learn how to fold some related models and using these models as examples you will explore other folding ideas that can serve as points of departure for your own creative paper folding.
In this module I will explore with you several more points of departure and ideas that you can use to experiment with and generate your own models. I will share ideas for creativity in rendering the human figure, and working with paper shapes other than the square. You will also receive seven suggestions on how to deal with frustration and develop more patience.
Leyla Torres is a visual artist, writer and author. In her studio practice she explores creativity through writing, watercolor painting, and origami.
She loves teaching and helping people release their creative potential and to appreciate the process as much as the result. She is also an author and illustrator of several books for children published by Farrar Straus and Giroux.
As the founder of the popular website OrigamiSpirit.com Leyla has published over 200 origami video tutorials–some with millions of views– which have been shared with over 150K followers and subscribers since 2007.
Leyla has taught origami at international origami conventions as the invited guest of honor including Mexico City (2014); the Pacific Coast Origami Convention (PCOC) in Boulder, CO (2016); and the Center Fold Origami Convention (CFOC) in Columbus, Ohio (2017). In December of 2016 Leyla was invited to exhibit at the "Mujeres De Papel" exhibition in Zaragoza, Spain, in tribute to the role of women creators in the origami field.
"I signed up for [The Joy of Origami] because I wanted to become more creative in my folding techniques. I found the class to be very encouraging and non-threatening. I also valued Leyla's stressing the four aspects of creativity that are so much a part of our folding. She is a wonderful teacher who makes me feel very comfortable and willing to take risks. Leyla's emphasis on curiosity and playfulness gave me newfound confidence, which in turn allowed my folding to evolve. ~Kate Edwardson
“Where do goosebumps come from? This past year has been another remarkable effort from you Leyla, to bring to us all, the most spectacular models always superbly taught. Behind and inside each tutorial is always a gentleness and, I feel, the essence of the true spirit of origami; and that indeed is love.” ~Rosemary Browne
“Thank you so much for your knowledge, talent and inspiration. Your tutorials are enjoyable and peaceful which helps the learning process. The art of Origami should be taught in that manner. I think there is more to this art than just folding a piece of paper. It takes your mind away from the daily stresses, gives a sense of accomplishment, and a great piece of art to display.