Why I Now Love Paper!

by Liana Hernandez
(Albuquerque, NM, United States)

I used real pearls, an amythest bead, and a silver celtic knot.

I used real pearls, an amythest bead, and a silver celtic knot.

I used real pearls, an amythest bead, and a silver celtic knot.
A local artist, Seiya Bowen took this photo for me.
Another of Seiya Bowens photos.
I call these Chinese Lanterns

A few years ago, about four, I was in middle school. One week I got sick and had to stay home for about four days. I've always known how to fold some origami. My mother was a nurse to a Japanese family for a few years, and taught the little origami she knew to me and my brothers...


This week though, I found a book! Makoto Yamaguchi's Kusudama: Ball Origami. I went wild. I was sick enough that I couldn't pay attention to a book, but I was able to fold. I certainly did. I probably made almost all the balls in Yamaguchi's book that week. I haven't stopped since!

I love to fold so much it is as much a part of me as reading and writing at this point.

Last summer, my folding took another step. While helping a friend move their Dojo I found a multi-unit origami wheel, which I asked to take and reverse-learn how to fold. A while later, I realized that I could miniaturize it. I folded a tiny wheel, small enough to make into an earring. When I realized that I could miniaturize other kusudama's I went into another folding frenzy. At this point I am professionally selling my origami earrings!

I'm a freshman college student, and origami at this point is helping me to not only support myself, but also to learn. I have turned to origami as a solace in times of personal difficulty, and I can't imagine my life now without it.

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Aug 07, 2015
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by: Ouragess

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Aug 03, 2015
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Beautiful NEW
by: Sarah

Oh my God! Are those really made out of just paper? I am just taken aback with the craftsmanship behind the creation of those ear rings. They look like original beads and are fashionable enough too. Who wouldn’t love to wear something of that sort?

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May 30, 2012
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Awesome!
by: Anonymous

I LOVE your earrings!!!

Nov 19, 2011
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cool amzing!!!
by: Anonymous

this just take my breathe away! I would DEFINITELY buy them if they were on sale near where I live...
I don't really have anything to say. Usually they are paragraphs long but now... I am just LOST FOR WORDS!

Nov 05, 2011
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inspiring
by: nomi

i sent it to my cousin, she makes jewelry!

Oct 10, 2011
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nice
by: Anonymous

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Aug 31, 2011
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art
by: vahab

its great that you can make any thing with paper. its very amazing and i love it very much!

Aug 29, 2011
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Love it
by: Dot

Your work is beautiful and I feel inspired to begin folding also:)

Aug 28, 2011
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Marvellous
by: Amith

Marvellous! You hafta share how to do this! :)

Aug 27, 2011
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mixture of arts
by: shahab .|§|.

verrrrrrrry nice. good job.
you encouraged me to fold more !!

Aug 26, 2011
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wow! its prrety good
by: amir mohammad

your work is very very good i love it.

Aug 26, 2011
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it is great
by: linda

wow! your work is great & i love it so much. i now love paper too!

Aug 23, 2011
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How???
by: Pearl

Awesome! How do you make it? Please post the instructions on this website if you can!!! Thanks!!!

Aug 23, 2011
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Sooooo INCREDIBLE!!!!!
by: Lynn

I absolutely LOVE your work!!! You are truly an artist. I would love to make something like these, but don't know if I have the patience. Where can I see more of your work?

I think it's so awesome you are funding your schooling with something you love! Please, don't ever stop!!
Sincerely,
Lynn

Aug 23, 2011
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Very Creative!
by: Amanda

I love that idea. It's so great that you can make money of of something you love doing!

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