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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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New collection at PaperSquare Arts!

I have been absent from my blog for a few days now, keeping busy and working on a new collection. I am currently experimenting with a type of paper art called quilling.

quill·ing/ˈkwiliNG/Noun
1. A type of ornamental handicraft involving the shaping of paper, fabric, or glass into delicate pleats or folds.

It is very intricate and very beautiful. I will be updating my new line slowly over the coming weeks. Here is the first preview.


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Cupcake love

PaperSquare has gone cupcake friendly and is now offering these cute cupcake toppers for your homemade (or not) cakes and cupcakes.

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Paper Insomnia

I keep falling asleep and waking up in random intervals, all I can remember is dreaming of origami flowers, some giant ones, some tiny ones. I dream of the folding sequence of the origami paper crane, and then I get it all wrong and end up with a squid of some sorts.

I think I may be losing my mind, but perhaps that is what I need to start making some mad paper arts.

In the meantime, here is something pretty I made:

 

 

Diagram by: E. Lukasheva

Color/Finishing/Folding by: Me

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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.

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