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Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

As some of you already know, the hand that holds the Quill also holds down a day job, at a wonderful company in Lisburn called Leckey who design, manufacture and distribute postural and mobility products for people with special needs. (here’s hoping my bosses are reading this… 😉 ) Last Thursday, we were offered the opportunity to join in an evening of origami, led by Donegal-based paper art company Japanese Papercraft.

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It was primarily an exercise in creative thinking for the design and production departments, but all staff were offered the chance to take up a few remaining spaces left on the class. Free craft class? Obviously I was there.

I did a little bit of origami as a child, but haven’t done any papercrafting for a long time, so it was great to get a chance to make something without needles or sewing machines anywhere to be seen!

Naomi Fleury, ably assisted by her husband, started us off with step-by-step instructions in folding up a simple paper cup, but before long had us making little flappy birds, Samurai Helmets, jumping frogs and decorative boxes.


Here are some pictures of pieces Naomi has made – we weren’t quite ready to tackle projects at this skill level!


Everyone really enjoyed it, and I definitely think I’ll add origami to the long list of crafts I’d like to learn more about.

Check out Japanese Papercraft on the link at the beginning of the article, or phone 074 973 2979 (replace the ‘0’ with 00353 if ringing from outside the Republic of Ireland) to find out more.

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