Festive Crafts for Fall!!

September 20, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Crafts, Fall/Autumn, Imikimi, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Ready or not, fall is creeping up on us fast!  And there is nothing more synonymous with fall than fun crafts to decorate the home!  There are so many different things you can do to decorate and craft with all the rich colors that surround us this time of year!

Now, who could think fall without thinking PUMPKINS?  And who says that pumpkins have to be carved into Jack O Lanterns? You can use all kinds of craft materials like silk flowers, glitter and paper, even canning lids to make gorgeous fall decorations you can display all season long!

Check out these fun crafts!

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Want something other than pumpkins? Here are some other ways to decorate your home to bring in the beautiful rich colors of fall:

How about decorating some glass blocks with vinyl sayings? Add some lights for a gorgeous centerpiece!

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You could even get the kids involved with these beautiful handfolded origami leaves!

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Use some of the natural elements around you to create beautiful centerpieces

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Click below to find even more amazing fun festive fall crafts for your home!

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I hope this inspires you to create some beautiful crafts for your home this fall !

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The Lifelike Origami of Satoshi Kamiya

June 16, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | 1 Comment
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Hello again, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here. A few days ago, we decided to share a few fantastic resources concerning origami as an artform. And so we figured that there should be a bit of a companion piece to go along with it, a feature which highlights an artist who has taken his love of origami by devoting most all of his life to it. The result is a staggering talent by the name of Satoshi Kamiya.

Satoshi began his long journey with origami at the age of only 2 years old, and is still progressing at the age of 31. He is known for his otherworldly intricate origami models. He has created hundreds of models so far, but perhaps his most well-known model is of a dragon, and is named Ryujin 3.5. What is truly remarkable about this model is the attention to detail which went into its creation. If you take a moment to examine the images below, you’ll notice that there are individual scales, each of them painstakingly crafted. And the result is nothing short of an absolute masterpiece. The scales imbue the dragon with a true sense of flow, as they direct your eyes to follow its finely-crafted lines.

Every model Satoshi has created is simply breathtaking, whether it’s a dinosaur, unicorn, sabre-toothed cat, dragon, mastodon, pegasus. It is evident that he feels a preference for powerful and/or mystical creatures. Though he does also make creations of more familiar lifeforms, such as insects, fish, whales, elephants, lions, etc. Many of us remember making origami frogs which would “leap” when you pressed part of it with just the right amount of pressure, but with Satoshi’s rendition of a tree frog, it clearly puts all those efforts to shame; it looks as though it might spring to life at any second! Everything—right down to the disc-shaped pads on its fingers—is accurate and true to life. It looks as though a real live tree frog has been magically transformed into paper!

Satoshi Kamiya is clearly a master of his medium, and easily recognized as an artist by anyone able to witness his works of art. Whether small-scale or large-scale, his models resonate with life and beauty. While his official website is in Japanese (and therefore indecipherable to most), a quick image search will reveal hundreds of Satoshi’s creations, all ripe with fantastic form, color, and creativity. And what’s truly astounding is that most all are made with a single piece of paper. To most everyone, the idea of creating an ornate dragon with wings would require several sheets of paper for each element, but not for a master as skilled as Satoshi.

Thanks so much for stopping by! We’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed this feature and will take inspiration from the phenomenal artist that is Satoshi Kamiya. We’ll see you again soon!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” — Auguste Rodin

Fantastic Origami Resources

June 13, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
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Hello there, fellow artists! We here at Imikimi are excited to have you back with us as we roll out yet another neat-o feature! It’ll come as no surprise that we love all things art, including crafts. And today we’re going to highlight a few awesome websites that will provide you with hundreds of crafting ideas with one of our favorite materials, paper. Paper is one of those materials that is all around us, at all times, and yet it’s rare that we ever use it for much more than jotting down a few notes or scribbling out a few doodles to pass the time. Thankfully, origami is a crafting skill dedicated to transforming paper into works of art.

Originating in Japan in the 1600’s, origami—Japanese for “folding paper”—is a traditional artform. By its very nature, origami is simply the art of folding paper into 3-dimensional forms. Therefore, any cuts made to the paper or glue that is applied cannot be considered to be true origami (and is likely to fall under another category, known as “papercraft”). Origami is as much an art form as is painting, music, sculpture, etc. Most of us have dabbled with it at some time in our lives, most likely as children. But there is no reason why it has to end there! There are countless, amazing origami resources available online.

The Origami Club is a fantastic resource for all things origami, mostly ranging from beginner skill level to intermediate. Once on the homepage, you can then browse through 27 different categories, depending on the type of origami object you’d like to create. These include animals, food, Halloween, bugs, Valentine’s Day, nature, clothes, and more. There are step by step diagrams showing you just how to pull off your selected piece, and there are even animations showing you the steps in an animated sequence, perfect for following along with. The Origami Club is a great starting point to get your toes wet within the area of origami.

If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, we highly recommend you take the time to check out the Origami Resource Center. While the website itself is a bit trickier to navigate. From Star Wars origami to origami boxes, all the way to toilet paper origami (and even toilet paper wedding dresses)! There are all sorts of odds and ends to be found. While there are many, many diagrams to be found here, it is also a learning destination where more information can be discovered about the craft of origami, and to see the ways in which artists are pushing the envelope of what can be created with simply paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by the official blog of Imikimi! Stick around soon as we’ll have more fresh and exciting articles for you! Until then!

Best wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” — Marc Chagall


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