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By Maria Gregoriou

If you are looking for something a bit different this weekend which involves using your creativity and making something beautiful, then the free Origami Butterflies workshop at the Philotheou Bookshop in Nicosia may be just the thing to keep your hands and mind busy.

The art of paper folding will be taught during a workshop for children over eight-years-old or adults, by Origami master Dimmis Petrides from Greece.

Just to give you a little background information about the ancient art of paper folding, Origami, from ori meaning folding and kami meaning paper, is not just a few folds in paper, it is a whole art-form. It is a traditional Japanese art of paper folding that started in the 17th century AD and became popular outside Japan in the mid 1900s. Since then it has evolved into a modern art practice where the artist transforms a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Using glue or cutting the paper is not considered to be origami, so all you really need is a few sheets of paper and you are sorted.

The art form is perfect for children as it teaches them about the power of the imagination, about how the ordinary can become extraordinary within their hands. Also, Origami uses both the left hemisphere of the brain, allowing creativity and logic to work together.

Origami is almost a spiritual procedure as origami artists, or paper folders, look at the paper and see the makings of almost anything they can imagine in a single square.

They are sculptors and scientists who use maths to create art. As famous origami artist Micheal Lafosse once said, “origami is a metamorphic art form, you got that piece of paper, you don’t add to it you don’t take away from it, you change it.”

During the workshop there will be a dry food collection and donations will be accepted to support the charity foundation Agkaliazo.

Origami Butterflies
Workshop on the art of origami. January 24. Philotheou Bookshop, 3 Demokratias Avenue, Ayios Dometios, Nicosia. 3pm-6pm. Free. Tel: 22-355677

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