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

12 Comments »

  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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