Archive | paper RSS for this section

le puzzle: la construction de l’origami modulaire.

the puzzle. modular origami construction.

once you have your dozens of modules, you’re ready to construct. it’s not such an easy thing to explain so hopefully the photos will speak loud enough.

the anatomy of a module


each module has 2 pockets and 2 inserts. when you start constructing, you’ll need to make sure that as you go along, every pocket is filled with an insert, and every insert goes into a pocket. each module will be in contact with 4 other modules.


continuing on from the module folding post…


p. your stack of 12 modules. they should make a neat pile if they’re all folded correctly. if they don’t, it means you may have missed a step or folded in the wrong direction.
q. start with 2 modules. slide into the pocket of one, the insert of the second.
r. make sure the insert goes all the way into the pocket to make it sturdier and therefore easier to work with as you go along.
s. rotate and add another module into the second.
t. bring the closest insert of the first module you started with and put it into the pocket of the last module you just added.
u. your first pyramid. you’ll need to keep looking to finish each new pyramid as you add more modules. there are 8 of these once you finish with your 12 modules.


v. just keep adding following the same idea of pockets and inserts.
w. x. y. when it looks like you’re ready to finish another pyramid, there’s probably an insert that’s waiting for that very pocket. remember you don’t have to keep adding new modules every time.
z. when working with 12 modules, this is what you’ll see – a 4 pointed star. with 30 modules, you want to make 5 pointed stars.
!. complete with all 12 modules in place!

evidently, it’s difficult to explain how it all comes together, especially after the first few modules. it’s one of those things that you really get once you get your hands on it. it’s really like a puzzle, trial and error. but once you get the hang of it, the options are endless!


parcours d’amour.

journey of looooove.

my artwork on a real-life invitation! eeeeeeee!


for friends whose love story spans across a decade, meeting on the slopes of Whistler in Canada, trying life in various other Canadian cities to find themselves marrying in her home town of Sydney. when N came to me with the idea and asked me to put something together, i was more than happy to oblige. i so much enjoyed drawing up the little icons for each place.

all the text is hand lettered with a copic medium brush tip multiliner. if you were to look in my file you’d find pages, pages and pages of the same words repeated over and over to get them just right. even then, i had to sprinkle a bit of adobe magic dust to polish them up. super fun project.


or shadow.

one of the last times we went out to have burgers, while waiting i became intrigued by the sign over the counter which simply stated “order here”. it was painted so precisely using a shadow font. only the shadow was painted in black onto a white wall. i kept it in mind as inspiration for a cut.

with the obsession of this month being typography, i had a go at working out the other letters i needed (besides that which i already saw in the words “order here”, ha!). with a bit of online referencing, i worked out the rest. that explains this.


it took some time drafting… and then some for all the cutting (sore index finger joint!!), but i love it. it now welcomes us home each time we open our front door… but now i’m not sure if it’s better on the balcony sliding door??



note de rançon.

ransom note.
probably more like random note.

Shadow typography.jpg

or is it?

la foire.

the fair.

for a wedding in the countryside recalling the fun and light-heartedness of a local fair. less the freak show, but including all the other good stuff – fairy floss, popcorn and the ice-cream truck!


how good is a hole punch for making confetti?! confetti, or fairy lights?


and the story with the little creatures at the bottom… the newly-wedded-couple have 2 fur babies – two lovably naughty staffies whose misadventures often make for tales told at the office lunch table. congrats Jess and Tristos!

de la confiserie.

from the candy store.

i wish i just visited the candy store.


they make me think of willy wonka’s everlasting gobstoppers from charlie and the chocolate factory. i wondered if there was any translation in the french version… but didn’t manage to find any… ??

to welcome a mini-person to the world, i jumped at the opp to start another origami project. i don’t really get to do as much as i used to. well.. actually, i don’t allow myself to do as much as i used to. already there are more than a handful of origami pieces scattered around our small (and crammed) home. i just take advantage of any excuse to fold people with or for other people.

each of these balls are made with 12 square sheets of paper, folded into 1 module each – all the same sequence of folds. that means there are 60 folded sheets right there. yes, it’s repetitive, but it’s totally therapeutic and rewarding, once you finish enough modules to complete a ball… and then again when you finish slotting them all together. even T got involved (with my gentle nudge of encouragement).

Origami Mobile in the making.jpg

to save the nightmare of threading them on, i actually constructed the modules directly onto the cotton twine. then they were tied to a super simple x-frame from a square rod length of balsa wood, cut in half with jewellery headpins for the centre pivot and string loops. easy peasy.

i’m working on a step-by-step to fold a module – to be posted soon!


while we are LOLing and ROFLing, the french are MDRing.

mdr = mort/e de rire. died of laughter.


obsession of the moment: hand lettering.

i have always been intrigued by typography, although i would not claim to know much about it. i do cut letters a lot in cards, but have always thought that i should do more in the way of nicer, different fonts and so. i remember as kid (clutching on to my scholastic lettering book) wondering how sign painters/sign writers got their letters so perfect by hand. i still wonder… of those that are left.

last week i came across the work of artist Gemma O’Brien. well.. actually i had seen her work before, here and here, but now i finally know of the who.

the very same day i picked up a flyer outside work-shop who just moved in across the road from work. i was excited to find that Gemma was running a class there – but was gutted to find that i was going to miss out as i was going to be out of town.

with all the rainy weather this weekend, i re-found that DIY link above and gave it a go myself.


i chose this line for T, ultra talented at making me laugh – from one of my fave songs by Devendra Banhart – this.

i originally wanted to just keep it as an outline, but my poor outlining skills let me down so i had to fill it in.

with a habit of collecting dusty, old reference books without any actual need to reference – i was pretty happy to find a use for this one that i picked up from the trödler/brocanteur/antiquey-junk shop on oxford street last year.

love it when a seemingly useless buy turns good!