A few weeks ago I was really excited to be invited to an origami workshop with Esther Thorpe, in celebration of the launch of her new book, Paper Home. I’ve been a fan of Origami Est via Instagram for ages, constantly amazed at the things she makes with paper…
The workshop was at Quill London, the stationery shop that despite being open for months I *still* hadn’t made it to so I was really pleased to have an excuse!
It’s a perfect little shop and I’d definitely recommend a visit! On arrival I was greeted with prosecco and crosstown doughnuts (my favourites – so much so that I had them at my wedding) so I was pretty damn happy. I then met Esther (above!) and some other lovely bloggers, like Fab from Snail Mail Love, and we got down to making some origami.
After lots of frowning, pauses for bites of doughnut and nearly sticking my fingers together, I actually managed to make THREE party diamonds – you can see my efforts in the first picture in this post. It’s quite addictive… Top tip from Esther – you can use wrapping paper as origami paper. Thicker ones are especially good for the structure of the gems.
Here’s a little sneak peek of the book – there are instructions in there for making things like paper flowers, wall decorations, boxes and baskets (read: desk tidies) and even a lampshade.
Thank you so much to Esther for teaching me to make something pretty, and for the future learning I will no doubt get from your book! And thanks for Pavilion Books for inviting me.
You can get hold of Paper Home here.