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A little History on Kusudama

The flowers I make are called Kusudama. (like this one below)

Although Kusudama is an ancient form of art, it is not well known around the United States as much as it is in Asia. In effort to educate those that are curious, I will share a little bit of history.

 

Kusudama

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Japanese kusudama (薬玉; lit. medicine ball) is a paper model that is usually (although not always) created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units (usually stylized flowers folded from square paper) together through their points to form a spherical shape. Alternately the individual components may be glued together. (e.g. the kusudama in the lower photo is entirely glued, not threaded together) Occasionally, a tassel is attached to the bottom for decoration.

Kusudama originate from ancient Japanese culture, where they were used for incense and potpourri; possibly originally being actual bunches of flowers or herbs. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are now typically used as decorations, or as gifts.

The kusudama is important in origami particularly as a precursor to the modular origami genre. It is often confused with modular origami, but is not such because the units are strung or pasted together, instead of folded together as most modular construction are made.

It is, however, still considered origami, although origami purists frown upon using its characteristic technique of threading or gluing the units together, while others recognize that early traditional Japanese origami often used both cutting (see thousand origami cranes or senbazuru) and pasting, and respect kusudama as an ingenious traditional paper folding craft in the origami family.

Modern origami masters such as Tomoko Fuse have created new kusudama designs that are entirely assembled without cutting, glue or thread except as a hanger.

 

 

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WIM – What Inspired Me – Mini flower explosion while husband was gone.

The hubby was out of town for work this weekend, so I had 2 days by myself to be bored and miss him. I chose to sit down and work on 1 piece that would take a long long time and would keep my mind occupied. Something I had not done before, of my own creation. I wanted it to be complicated as well as detailed.

So I came up with this design. It is a variation of a traditional kusudama flower. I created the design a little bit ago while messing around with paper. This design takes a little longer to put together but I like the end result.

So I spent about an hour picking the colors… then about another hour deciding what size I wanted the flowers to be. I started with 1 giant flower, and then somehow ended up with 21 ity bity flowers (from my usual).. Overall it took about 7 hours to make all the flowers, the vase (which by the way is also an origami vase), the flower arranging etc etc etc.

Boring? No. Challenging? a little…

Should my husband go out of town again so I can bury myself in origami? Not if I want to keep my sanity!

Did I mention I forgot to eat while he was gone and also forgot to feed the pets and water the plants? I am not very functional without him. But after all, he is always my inspiration.

To see my other wacky works visit us at:

WWW.PAPERSQUARE.ETSY.COM

 

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WIM- What inspired me- Kusudama Revenge

I’ve always had this idea in the back of my head, to make a kusudama ball trio and hang them all together. We’ll I did it once, a while back, and my cats (kitties then) decided one night to play soccer with them and then got hungry and chewed on them. I spend nearly 8 hours making them, and when I saw them ruined I was so mad that I stopped making kusudama art for a while. Anyhow, I always wanted to redeem myself and this time keep my work away from my critters, so here it is. Tripledama v 2.0

My skill has gotten better, my folds are smoother, the flowers are more symmetrical and my corners don’t bend anymore. After making so many of these I feel that every time I make a new one it is better than the last one. I guess in this case practice makes perfect. I still spend a lot of time on them, but now its more of a creative process, I have also created my own designs with different petals and different folds, and that just makes me happy.

You can purchase this piece and other kusudama flowers and bouquets by visiting my shop at: www.papersquare.etsy.com

 

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I burnt the cupcakes!


In a failed attempt to make lemon poppy seed cupcakes, I have redeemed myself by making this lemony yellow flower bouquet. Inspired by the upcoming summer and ready to rock and roll, I am preparing myself to put away the winter coats and open the windows!

I love to surround myself by things that keep my positive and upbeat, so here it is, attempt number 2 at lemons! (this time not edible)

You can purchase them on my Etsy Shop

 

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WIM – What Inspired Me

The idea behind WIM is a weekly post based on my favorite creations and why I made them.

When working with art, I always found red to be a little intimidating, mainly because red is difficult to photograph and hard to manage in almost any medium. In my paintings, red was always a color I had trouble with, it either looked too pink or ugly red… With paper, I have always had a difficult time finding the perfect shade of red, one that isn’t generic or makes me hungry (yes red triggers hunger, google it). One day while shopping for supplies I came across a book with 2 red patterns that I fell in love with and since then I have kept them and feared to make anything out of them because I would no longer have them! Ironic, that red always finds a way to not be my friend.

So finally, I gave in, and I have created this small floral piece inspired by this wonderful yet complicated color. Viva el Red!

You can purchase this item here: Red Flower Arrangement by Paper Square

Stay tuned for future tutorials and giveaways from us!

 

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