Melanie Johns donated a colourful origami chicken to the Share-a Bird Project and also generously provided a set of simple instructions explaining how she made her origami bird.
Melanie suggests using origami to transform old artwork. It’s an exciting way of using less successful drawings or paintings on paper to produce a new creative outcome, in the form of a personalised paper sculpture.
“The scale can be modified to suit the quality/type of paper used, large structures can be made by using double thickness/a collage of redundant artwork. The bird is relatively simple to make with minimal folds so it works well with thicker paper or card. Folding figurative work is interesting as the process of folding will naturally crop parts of the image”.
- Cut your artwork into a square and crease, corner to corner to mark the centre
- Fold two corners into the centre
- Fold behind, bringing the two corners together
- Fold the top layer only
- Fold behind horizontally
- Hold the paper between the fingers and thumb at the points marked by black spots and stretch the left and right sides upwards as far as possible
- Press a new crease at the centre front and back
- Reverse fold head and fold crease. Fold base into the model front and back then fold out the flaps so that your hen stands up
- Completed hen