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Origami Overload

Books for Every Folding Need

— November 22, 2008 — Pop Culture
It may be that none of us is gifted with the skill level of Dasssa, the creator of the brilliant linked-box origami piece above, but it seems that there is a book to cover every possible origami-folding situation you may find yourself in.

Bored on the loo? ‘Toilet Paper Origami’ by Linda Wright has you covered. Shoe lovers will admire ‘Girligami’ by Cindy Ng. Concerned with saving the environment? Use up all that useless junk mail with ‘Junk Mail Origami’ by Duy Nguyen and Tramy Nguyen. ‘Popigami’ by James Diaz helps you make 3-D creations, and ‘Napkin Origami’ by Brian Sawyer and ‘The Little Book of Towel Origami’ by Alison Jenkins turns everyday household items into clever works of art.

There is also ‘Minigami’ by Gay Merrill Gross to keep meticulous minds busy. And ‘Barfbag Origami’ by Chris Marks is sure to take your mind off of how sick you feel when flying. Last but not least, where would we be without ‘Pornogami’ by Master Sugoi? To get you started on your origami journey, here’s a video that teaches you how to make a rose.
Trend Themes
1. Origami as a Hobby - The rise of origami as a hobby coupled with the surge in the publication of origami-related books presents opportunities for book publishers to create more origami-specific content and for hobby retailers to stock up on origami-related products.
2. Innovative Origami Techniques - The surge in origami book publications featuring unique techniques such as toilet paper origami, junk mail origami and barfbag origami presents innovation opportunities for publishers and origami hobbyists to create new origami design techniques.
3. Origami as a Therapeutic Practice - The act of origami may have therapeutic effects on mental health which presents opportunities for health professionals and institutions to prescribe origami as a form of mental health treatment, creating a new industry for origami therapists.
Industry Implications
1. Book Publishing - As the origami hobby gains momentum, the publishing industry can capitalize on this trend by creating more origami-specific titles.
2. Craft Retail - With the increase in popularity of origami, craft retailers can expand their offerings with origami products and supplies to meet the growing demand from hobbyists.
3. Mental Health - With the potential mental health benefits of practicing origami, there are opportunities for health professionals and institutions to use origami as a form of mental health treatment.
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