Thursday, July 11, 2013

ART PROJECT: Collag-igami Kimonos


I recently did a fun project with my art class for Asian Exploration week.  It was part collage, part origami, so I called it Collag-igami!  We made kimonos.

If you want to try this at home or in your art class, here's what you'll need:

black background paper (cardstock)
2 squares of the same pattern origami pattern (sheet A)
1 square  origami paper (sheet B)
1 square origami paper (sheet C)
scissors
pencil
glue stick


Take one piece of sheet A and fold it into thirds.  (This was the most challenging part for most of my students.)  Open your sheet back up and, on the white side of the paper, draw small angles from the middle fold like to the outer edge of the paper.  (See below)  Cut on the lines.


When you fold the body of your kimono back up, there should be a little triangle of white at the neck.

Now cut two thin strips of sheet B.


Unfold the body of your kimono and lay flat, white side down.  Apply glue to a strip of the yellow (sheet B) and apply it to the top of the angled paper.  You will most likely have a little too much paper on both sides.  This is fine.  Just them over.  (It's OK to trim with the scissors as well.)  Repeat on the other side.


When you fold the body of your kimono back up, it should look like this.


Take you last piece of origami paper (sheet C) and cut about a 1/3 off.


Fold the remaining sheet into thirds. (They don't have to be perfect thirds.  You just want to fold the top over and the bottom over so you have a little bulk.)  This is the wide part of the obi sash.


Apply a circle of glue to the middle of your Kimono body and place the middle of the obi sash across it, as though you were making a +.


Like so:


Now flip the whole thing over and apply glue to the sides of the obi sash.  Then bend the sides over and they'll stick to the back of the kimono.


Cut another thin strip of the yellow (sheet B.)   Apply glue and place it on-to-off the obi sash, folding it around the kimono.  (See below.)

Now it's time to make the sleeves.  Fold the second piece of sheet A in half.  (Note where the fold is.)


Make a pencil line approx. 1.5 - 2" across the sheet, then curve down, and go straight.  You don't want to go all the way down to the bottom of your paper - you're sleeves will be too long.  Draw a line about 1" North of the bottom of the paper.

Cut along your line.  When you open it, you should have a shape like this:


Position your sleeves and kimono on your background paper.  Apply glue to the back of the sleeves and paste to the background paper.  Apply glue to the back of the kimono and press it onto the background paper, on top of the sleeves.
 

Now you have a beautiful Collag-igami Kimono!




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