I have long admired the beautifully curated Instagram account of Esther Thorpe aka Origami Est. Her contemporary takes on the traditional artform of origami are a joy to behold and she always manages to inspire with her colour palettes and creative ideas. So it was with great excitement that I picked up Esther’s new book: Paper Home.
I was expecting a range of modern and beautiful projects to delight and wow and I was not disappointed. Paper Home contains 15 eyecatching origami projects to decorate your home: from hanging ornaments, folded flowers to intricate vases, fairy lights and mobiles. They vary in difficulty but there’s plenty for absolute beginners and some great projects for those of us (ahem) who like to blindly stroll into a craft without properly reading the instructions!
The techniques used within the book are relatively simple once you’ve practiced a few times and found a folding rhythm but what I love about Esther’s work is the incredibly clever way she dreams up complicated creations from the foundations of those more simple folds. Her lampshades are all heavenly concertinas, her vase design a clever combination of 40 more simple makes, and she breaks all the origami rules with designs that use scissors, tape and even glue for the greater good of creating beautiful homeware that’s absolutely useable.
High on my to-make list are the pretty star garlands and the feltigami (you had me at felt) boxes. Paper Home will spark and delight your imagination and I can’t wait to challenge myself with some of the more advanced makes…
But for now… Party diamonds!
*I was sent my copy of Paper Home for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and as always if I didn’t blooming love it i wouldn’t blog about it.