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Pallavi Makes a Penguin

Origami has always interested me. There is something special about the way a piece of paper takes shape in your hands and slowly over a series of steps turns into a work of art.

I have always felt that Origami is an art for anybody. Anybody can do it. Such art forms hold a deep fascination for me. Decorative knotting, Origami etc are art forms which don’t require tons of starting material or even any great “artistic capability”. They require a certain interest in the art form, a certain dogged patience and the ability to see the big picture. Anytime you get bored of making the same old folds or tying the same old knots, you have to visualize the final model and keep going.

At the end of a busy day’s work Origami has always calmed me down and helped me to regain my focus. As Sherlock Holmes once said “A change of work is the best rest”.

Moving on, I was introduced to “Modular Origami” by my wife Pallavi when she made a really beautiful decorative piece for our wedding.

Later we lost touch with this craft for a while but Pallavi decided to start off with Modular Origami again after a gap of almost 2 years.

I asked her to start off by making a huge Origami dragon and she decided thankfully and wisely to start off with something simpler.

She decided to start with a simple model of an Origami Penguin for our showcase.

Modular Origami consists of:

1. Making building blocks for the model which are made like this:

2. Then you make more of these “modules”.


3. And by more, I mean many, many, many more


4. And some more…


5. Finally you start assembling them together. To make the Penguin, she used the video instruction below:

6. And viola! The Origami Penguin was ready.


Only glue used was to stick the beak and the eyes. The eyes we bought from a store called Itsy Bitsy.

Now you can say “AWWWWWWWWWWWWW”

This Penguin has found a pride of place on our showcase. Pallavi went on to make some more beautiful models like a swan, a very very difficult to assemble fish and an even more bigger tray shaped like a swan for my brother’s wedding. She is now thinking of something really really big. I can’t wait to find out! 🙂

I will be writing about these models in the future.

The great thing about Modular Origami is that there is a very vibrant and helpful community of artists on the net to help out a newbie. Youtube is full of videos for models ranging from simple fist sized models to huge, extremely complex models which can take days to assemble.

For me, the best part is the joy Pallavi gets out of creating these models and the way her eyes light up when guests to our house compliment her on the models in our showcase.

WIN for everybody 🙂

Has anybody else done something similar? Please drop me a line. Pallavi and I would love to find out what you did!

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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Art Attack!


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