I’ve made some delightful Tomoko Fuse boxes in the past few days, and this afternoon on the train to London.
The models are from her book in 2007, Origami of Wrapping and Boxes.
The book covers boxes (square, triangular), and gifts including envelopes, pouches, and decorations.
These are the boxes that I folded, with a few varieties on the lids.
Tomoko Fuse’s designs are clever. With a few simple twists, she transforms the same model into different styles.
I started learning folding boxes from Tomoko Fuse’s other famous book, Fabulous Origami Boxes.
Comparing both books, I found the models on Origami of Wrapping and Boxes slightly easier. There are floral patterns, windmill, wings on the lids, but no rabbit, iris, or crane.
I love the geometry shown in Origami of Wrapping and Boxes. The square boxes are bold, and elegant. I feel they adhere to the beauty of minimalism.
In a simple model, the layering effect inside of the lid is stunning.
The floral paper I used is from Germany. The company is URSUS, with the logo of a bear. Occasionally I see these paper in craft shops, but I don’t seem to be able to find them online.
The other paper is Japanese Tant Origami Paper. I found a positive review of Tant on Origami USA website.
I bought these packs from Singapore last month:
I have enjoyed using these high quality Tant origami paper. It’s heavier (about 80gsm), so naturally the finished boxes turned out to be strong. I also love the texture.
The paper carries the same colour on both sides.
Tomoko Fuse’s boxes are very versatile. All her standard boxes carry a strong, deep base (about 1cm deeper than the lid), making it functional to open and close the lid.
I love making boxes and I use them to keep little items at home, and use them as gifts. I store my teabags in these handmade boxes too, and it’s fair to say that the tea tastes nicer.