Fashion Origami

Mal | Art Therapy,Paper | Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Origami date

One of the benefits of my job as an art therapist is that even when my personal life is crazy and I don’t carve out time for creativity in my off-hours, I’m required to be creative from day-to-day in my professional life.

When I found a “Fashion Origami” kit on sale for $1.50 at Urban Outfitters, I snapped it up. Origami is a project which, although there may be low potential for emotional expression, is a good rapport-builder and ice-breaker. Particularly in the hospital, where patients don’t have a lot of energy, they can do a little folding project on their lap and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Origami bra

Naturally, the first project I folded from the book was a paper bra. I had to learn this one first. Do you have any idea how many teen boys are on my caseload?

Mr Herman. Paging Mr. Herman

After I folded the grey suit, I couldn’t help but fold a red tie to go with it.Mr. Herman. Paging Mr. Herman! Mr. Herman, you have a telephone call at the front desk.“┬áIt should be a bow tie, but still.

Origami Stiletto

I (and all my staff) have had a hard time deciphering the instructions for the stiletto shoe, but here we have found a reasonable alternative. It still stands on its own and opens up where the foot should go. That’s good enough for me! Creative problem solving at its finest.

Origami Bra


  1. I can see where you could use these to open dialog.

    Comment by Janet Lucas — 14 July 2009 @ 2:32 pm

  2. *chuckling* Thanks for the morning smile.

    Comment by Leslie — 15 July 2009 @ 8:08 am

  3. Very cute!

    Comment by TattingChic — 15 July 2009 @ 6:09 pm

  4. those are hilarious. worth a trip in to copenhagen on the train to visit urban outfitters. :-)

    Comment by julochka — 20 July 2009 @ 2:45 am

  5. The suit and the dress are great! Very high fashion.

    Comment by Kara — 21 July 2009 @ 11:55 am

  6. Very cute! Thank you for sharing

    Comment by Fernanda Gomez — 16 December 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  7. Please contact me regarding the folding of the origami bra. I would like to make 1,000 of them for a friend battling breast cancer. Thank you.

    Comment by brenda kane — 26 March 2012 @ 9:56 am

  8. I would like to have the instructions to do it! It’s wonderful and cute!

    Comment by Carolina — 4 December 2012 @ 11:23 am

  9. I would love the directions to these patterns!! :)

    Comment by Karin — 23 December 2012 @ 8:48 pm

  10. I would love the directions to these patterns!! :) Thanks

    Comment by Karin — 23 December 2012 @ 8:48 pm

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