The sun is so generous to share her afternoon beams of joy with me. At the end of the school day, when my teacher work is done, the lighting in my art studio inspires many clever photo shoots of freshly made works of art. Showcased below are images of kirigami snowflakes.
Kirigami is the art cutting paper to create intricate symmetrical designs. Does the term remind you of origami? If so, it is because they both end in “gami” and when translated in Japanese, “kami” means paper. Origami is the art of paper folding. “Ori” means folding + “kami” means paper = folding paper. Can you guess what “kiri” means? That’s right: “kiri” means cutting. Therefore kirigami = cutting paper. Typically, kirigami begins with a folded base, which is then cut and opened offering a magically surprise in the end.
These snowflakes were created using a tri-fold technique which produces a 12-sided snowflake. To read through an informative snowflake tutorial, visit Michele Made Me. And take the time to snoop around her beautiful website, it is one of my favorite places to spend free time!
Have you made your holiday decorations this year?
Or maybe a clever advent calendar?
If so, please share your creations!
Have a lovely first day of December! -MJ
2 responses to “The Evolved Snowflake”
The photos are gorgeous, MJ! I’m jealous of your afternoon sunbeams (you know my windowless office!) and inspired to try kirigami snowflakes with my niece and nephew. Such a ovely blog!
You have such a way of describing things that make the reader feel like they are there. Thank you for bringing that ever present joy you exude to all of us.