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(Manitoba, Winnipeg)–The Japanese art of origami, literally “folding paper,” is popular around the world as both an art form and a stress-relieving craft. In order to make the art form more accessible to beginners, Origami.me is providing a detailed guide for beginners as well as a huge variety of diagrams, crease patterns, and video tutorials collected from around the web at
Said company spokesperson Peter Saydak, “We are huge fans of origami. We love showcasing artists who are producing some truly amazing creations, but we think it’s also a great form of recreation and stress relief for anyone, no matter their skill level. It’s a very peaceful way to spend time, and when you’re working with simple patterns and beautiful paper, the results can be incredibly satisfying. One of our main goals is to just walk people through that initial learning curve with some basic and easy-to-understand instructional materials.”
The beginner’s guide at presents the twelve basic folds with step-by-step photos and instructions. With these folds, users can make the six fundamental bases: the kite base, square base, bird base, frog base, fish base, and the water bomb base. Most origami patterns start with one of those bases, Saydak explained, so they are worth mastering early on. The beginner’s guide goes on to take the user step-by-step through folding a crane, one of the most popular origami designs around the world.
“Many people are familiar with the crane design because of the story of the one thousand cranes,” said Saydak. “According to a Japanese legend, anyone who makes a thousand paper cranes will get their heart’s desire. There was a famous case of a Japanese girl named Sadako who tried to fold a thousand cranes to bring about world peace after the bombing of Hiroshima. When she died, her classmates finished making the cranes for her. There is even a statue of the little girl with a paper crane flying out of her hand in the Hiroshima Peace Park. We used the crane in our beginner’s guide because it’s simple, famous, and meaningful.”
In addition to the instructional material, which includes a vast collection of patterns and videos, there is also a blog at that features artistic origami designs to inspire other artists. “The blog is the place where we want to show people just how far they can go with origami if they really get into it. We look for artists who have not just mastered traditional designs but who have taken the art form in new directions.”
The goal of Origami.me is to introduce more people to the unique art of origami while helping them improve their skills and promoting artists and others in the international paper-folding community. They offer a guide for beginners along with a giant database of free diagrams and video instructions. Their blog features amazing work from a variety of very talented artists. They also have a collection of book reviews and recommendations and much more.