Origami for Children in Need-16th Nov 2012

This year instead of simply donating to Children in Need Charity I decided to became a fundraiser for this charity.
The theme was ‘Origami for Children in Need’. So what did this Origami fundraising entailed? There was three things to the use of Origami for raising cash.

1) I would make plenty of Origami roses to give as a gift for the donation made.
2) I would create a flower arrangement pot for a larger donation.

3) I would go and hold a Origami workshop session teaching staff to make an Origami Christmas tree, in return they would make a group donation.

All these ideas became an instance hit at MMU. I made over 250 roses to hand out. Each rose would take me approximately 30min to make, time consuming but worth the effort.

The flower arrangements pots request was very creative. A typical 5-6 roses pot would take anything between 4-5 hours to complete. I made many and in return I received very generous donations for them.

The workshops were held over lunch period or 45min to an hour session. These I really enjoyed. Great fun and laughter showing how to make an origami Christmas tree. The end results were great. Not bad for a first attempt from the staff.

As a result of this initiative I managed to raise £400 for this worthy cause. Thanks to good people of MMU who help by buying, selling the origami roses. Thanks also to some of my family outside of work who helped by selling these flowers at their respective work place and also donating towards this charity.

Here is an article that was written about my efforts in the ManMetLife

Origami Workshop

On 3rd of August it would exactly one year since starting my new post in Learning and Research Technologies (LRT) team. Time does fly and most of my months have been busy learning new technologies and working towards implementing podcasting resources across the wider needs of MMU and its staff.

LRT seem to have given me new lease of life giving me an opportunity to promote my hidden talent and hobby – Origami.

Special Collections somehow found out about my passion for Origami and asked if I would hold a beginners origami workshop. Never would I have imagined that I would delivery an origami workshop. The response from MMU staff to attend my origami workshop had been phenomenal that special collections asked me to hold couple more sessions.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I ask myself, ‘is this the first ever origami classes held at MMU?’

My origami session alas has come to an end. I had great feedback and clearly staff wants more sessions organised. Who knows what the future will hold, and like we say..Watch this space!.

I have created podcast of all the different folds we created and I will make them available as soon as I can. Many origami models had been made , Nightingale, Grasshopper, Dove, Penguin, Pelican, Duel cup cone, Swan, Crane, Flapping bird and on the very final workshop for the selected few we also made a tulip and a bunny.

Here are the folds as created and demonstrated by one of my many star pupils (hope AL will not mind me using his fabulous photo)

Thanks to JH for setting the workshop up and providing coloured paper too. JH has sat in to all the workshop and I’m hoping that origami folds have been learnt. Last session I saw you struggling with making a ‘water bomb base ‘ . I always look forward to JH colourful layout of the workshop, as you can see.

Please feel free to comment on this blog.

I’m no way near to holding a ‘origami master’ title but here is a business card produced by my LRT colleague in amusment (I take this as a compliment).