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“Origami”

Vol.6 "Ayame (Iris)"

 
 

From the end of May through early July, Japan experiences weeks and weeks of rain as if a monsoon season has arrived. Unlike the beating rainfall of monsoon, however, the rain this season is softer and neverending. A bed of vivid purple flowers in such gloomy and silent background is truly breathtaking.
These flowers known by the name of iris in English is called ayame in Japanese. Ayame has a hardly different appearance from kakitsubata, another kind of flower which belongs to the same iridaceae.
The two look so similar that there is even a saying (or a song), "in the end, either ayame or kakitsubata." It describes well the grace of both these flowers, and thus means to be divided between two or more incomparable things or people.
Because of its outstanding beauty, the flower has been loved by a number of cultural figures. One of the most famous artwork of iris "Irises, from a scene of the Tales of Ise" by Japanese artist Ogata Korin is kept and displayed at Nezu Institute of Fine Arts: http://www.nezu-muse.or.jp/syuuzou/33_e.html (Iris folding screen description in English/ Nezu Institute of Fine Arts)

Here, let's try making ayame, the healer of rain-depressed Japanese hearts.
It takes many steps, time and patience to finish up this one, but the completed piece is truly beautiful. In order to make it as beautiful as possible, try to fold the corners sharp and bring together the rims neatly. The complete flower will be 3-dimensional.

 

< How to make " Ayame " >
*Fold at the dotted lines

1, Fold the paper in half into a neat triangle, color outside and white inside.

2,

Fold it again in making a half triangle.

3,

Open up one side and flatten it as to make a complete square (or a diamond) on one side.

4,

Looks like this after step 3.

5,

Do the same for the other side and now your origami is a complete square.

6,

 

Fold at the dotted line, bringing the hem to the center line. After folding and making a fold line, open it.

7,

Open up with the center line as the axis and press it down as to make a pocket.
8, Looks like this after Step 7. Follow the same process for the other three sides, so that all sides look the same.
 
9, Bring the bottom hems to the center line, press them down and open them to make fold lines.
 
10, Carefully open up the bottom part.
11, Looks like this after Step 10. Do the same for the other three sides.
12, Fold the small triangle part downwards.
13, Do the same for the others as well.
14, Flip it upside down, and fold every side once to the right so that it looks like Step 15.
15, Bring the hems towards the center line.
16, ...and on the other sides, too.
17, Carefully fold down the top part towards the bottom. This part becomes the flower petal.
18, Fold down the other petals too.
 
19, Open the petals.
20, Curl the ends of the petals. You can do this easier by just rolling the petals around a thin pen or a pencil.
 
21, The end! Here you have a gracious paper iris.

 
AYAME
 
Try making some gorgeous iris flowers with chiyogami available below.
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