Tag: paper craft

Helen Friel

Cool Find- Helen Friel Paper Artist

Helen Friel is a London based paper engineer which is one of those made-up sounding careers that I totally should have taken up.  It does seem that her job is just to make paper things for photo shoots for magazines to accompany articles but what she makes is quite cool.

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This image was for the Time Magazine article ‘Into the Void’. 

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This was a piece from a solo show she did at Coningsby Gallery in 2013

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How To Make An Origami Crane- Pt 2 Making the Crane

This is the second part of my origami crane blog post, part one introduced the Inside Reverse fold which is the tricky part of making an origami crane.  In this part I’m going to actually make the crane 🙂

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Take a square of paper and fold it in half horizontally, vertically, and diagonally both ways. Then unfold it and you should have creases in your paper as above.
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Refold the paper in half diagonally, then in half again.
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Open out the first layer slightly, and slide you finger inside.
This origami has become unintentionally naughty sounding, I apologise.
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Continue to open out this top layer.
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Continue…
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Press down and flatten it.
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Turn over and repeat on the other side.
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You should end up with this.
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Position the folded square so that the open end is pointing down, while the folded edges are all at the top. Fold the top left and right sides into the centre.
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Fold the top point down, then unfold again. Turn over and repeat on the other side.
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Unfold and this is what you should have.
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Open out the top layer, pull the point at the bottom of the square to meet the point at the top.
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As you do that you you should gently flatten the left and right sides along the creases created earlier- and you wondered why we were doing all that folding and unfolding!
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Position the diamond so that the open ends are at the bottom and the folded edges are all at the top. Then fold the left and right points into the middle.
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Now it’s time for that Inside Reverse fold in Part One, do an inside reverse fold on the ‘legs’ folding them upwards but inside the rest of the origami.
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Do the same for both ‘legs’
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Do the same thing again but this time fold the right point down to create the crane’s head.
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Look at the crane from above like this, and gently pull it’s wings.
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And you’re done!
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The finish product.
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My growing paper aviary.

Scrap-booking- Holiday Inspiration!

Having just returned from an awesome holiday to Croatia, I already want to get back there!  You can probably see why by looking at the snap above.

After a few years of non-travel last year I went to Barcelona (for my 25th birthday), Venice (found cheap flights), and Gdansk, Poland (for my mum’s 60th birthday).  I decided I rather like this travelling thing, although it is just holidaying rather than full on travelling for now and want to keep doing it.  So this year we went to Belfast (for the Game of Thrones Exhibition/Our Anniversary), and Dubrovnik, Croatia.  And I decided before we went to Dubrovnik to buy a scrapbook to use as a travel scrapbook/journal.

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I put in some pictures of my previous hols, as you can see above.   You can also see my little plastic wallet of supplies, which currently includes coloured pens, post it notes, and a newspaper article a friend from work cut out for me.  I have big plans to buy nice tape, ribbons, pockets etc to jazz it all up.  During my trip to Croatia I kept hold of some receipts, leaflets, coins etc to include in the scrapbook so it’s not just photos, which you can see to the right.

Below is the finished product (so-to-speak).  I printed pictures out on photo paper and they came out looking really nice.  I also glued in some small coins, and funny beans I got on holiday (the beans have smiley faces on them and came with our bill at the Dubrovnik Veggie resturant- Nishta).  I also turned my boarding pass into a ‘pocket’ to put the rest of the coins and beans in.  I also got a nice stone from one of the beaches we went to but its a bit big to stick in unfortunately…

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