Origami for the Soul

/ Matthew Wills

Visual Arts1 min reading time

No. 3

Four different color variations of the same flower origami layout. There are eight leaves in each flower. Top-left: lime green and yellow alternate with the green and blue leaves; top-right: an assortment of strong colors in each leaf; bottom-left: an assortment of darker colors in each leaf; bottom-right: orange and pink alternate with green and blue leaves.
Origami model folded and photographed by Matthew Wills. Model, "Flores de la Montaña,” originally designed by and published here with the permission of origami artist Diana Horta Ruiz.

Origami for me is a form of creativity that works really well with modern life. It is a way for me to channel my energy and step away from the computer screen after a long day. Giving origami models to others is also a way for me to express gratitude to those who have provided me a lot of friendship and support during the last year. Origami is unique, I think, in the sense that it can be done by anyone, anywhere, with a piece of paper. The origami community is also distinctive for its fellowship — designers freely share designs and instructions, you can find an abundance of online folding sessions where you can meet people from around the world, and there is no such thing as a ‘wrong turn’ when you are folding paper.