Mindful Origami Blog
Friday 26th Feburary 2016
Some interesting news! we had our first interest for a translation
of the book into Dutch!
8th Feburary 2016
Happy Chinese New year!
The book was sent to the printers today! hurray!
I think it's quite auspicious that the book went into to production for
the New year maybe i should have included a monkey in the book?
Friday 19th December
Just finished correcting
the first set of edits from the book team and things are looking good.
I havealso just posted the first video on to the website.
By the new year I should have at least 6 of the videos online.
Please note that not all the models from the book will be posted online
only the traditional models.
My own designs will only have partial vidoes uploaded and usually will
start halfway through.
28th November 2015
Mindful Origami website is up!
it is still in construction but all the main headings are there.
Over the next month I will start to fill it with more content.
27th November 2015
to print out a hard copy of the entire draft.
Think this will make a nice momento for the kids.
decided to colour in some CP's and fold them.
have a look
24th November 2015
That it I submitted the last set of diagrams.
Can't beleive it has only been 8 weeks since I began writing the book
and now I have completed everything!
Now it's time for the yellow kite team to do their magic!
23rd November 2015
another workshop for the Yellow kite team this time did the team building
exercise I think they enjoyed that.
20th November 2015
has completed another chapter and it is reading much better now.
I have also pretty mchcompleted all the diagrams now have to make the
16th Novemeber 2015
actually found a couple of other mindful related origami books due to
be published next April.
They are a modular origami book an an origami book with paper you can
Not quite the same as my book but it's interesting to see that others
are trying to bridge colouring in book and origami .
14th November 2015
sad news about Paris. So pointless...
12th November 2015
I ran the first ever Mindful origami workshop forthe yellow kite publicity
We had about 20 people and over the course of an hour I taught them a
t-shirt, envelope and crane and also gave a presentation on mindFOLDness
I think everyone enjoyed I and they loved the term #mindFOLDness
were thinking of finding someoen famous to write a endorsement for the
They said David Nicholls was an origami fan so they are going to investigate
whether he would like to write one.
I suggested Kirstie Alsopp as she is the UK's current arts and craft queen.
10th November 2015
some of the videojug origami videos with Liz. She said they will need
it for publicity.
Will have to record vidoes of all the models and stick them on to youtube.
Won't thave time to do those until xmas I think.
applied to trademark MindFOLDness® and we got it!
5th November 2015
had a lovely meeting with Liz, Imogen and Lucy.
I think we are all on the same page. They made a mockup of the tulip chapter
and it looks pretty good.
I took it home to show Carmen and I have two reservations.
First images are hand drawn and without shading, I wonder if the drawning
will be clear enough for the reader to understand?
Also Carmen read the text and said she had to read it three times before
she understood it!
It is currently very wordysounds like pride and prejudice definitely need
to lighten the tone.
a cheap thrill today. I was checking in at reception at the book publishers
and receptionist asked "are you an author?"
I hesitated for a while before responding with a suprised "yes...
yes I am."
The other receptionist just laughed and said "yes be proud of it!"
4th November 2015
contract has been signed and sent back.
I am an official author!
3rd November 2015
know writing a book doesn't seem that diffcult especially when their is
a book editor to help me.
Most of the text has been formulated just need to refine it. I think i
will hold on to the chapter text until after our meeting as Imogen will
have reworked the tulip chapter.
I be interesting to see how much she changes it
have also started to create the diagrams.
My deadline is the end of the month!!! going to have to pull a lot of
late nights i think.
They asked for a photo for my biography.
out the 60D and tripod out, spent half an hour taking shots and then photoshopping
30th October 2015
had to write my biography
Tsang is a London-based origami teacher.
has folded origami since a child and has been teaching professionally
During that time he has introduced origami to thousands of students in
corporate team building and public workshops.
Sam has worked with over 100 companies including some of the world's top
internet and luxury good brands.
He specialises in making beautiful bespoke origami first anniversary bouquets
out of paper and undertakes commissions from private individuals and businesses.
He was also the main organiser for the Guinness World Record for the largest
display of origami elephants that is permanently displayed at ZSL Whipsnade
He lives with his wife and two daughters in a house full of origami.
27th October 2015
sent through the entire intro section and a full chapter.
I am actually very surprised that no one has actually dictated what I
had to write! I've been given complete free reign to write what I want
It still feel slightly surreal. IT geek with a origami hobby accidentally
becomes an origami book author. :)
Well the wife is happy!
We/she cameup with a brilliant brand name MindFOLDness!!
I immediately bought the domain names for mindfulorigami.com and mindFOLDness.com
I also set facebook, twitter and instagram for thsoe two names.
I am seriously considering trademarking mindFOLDness will ave to research
how much it costs to do that.
Well think I am half way through the writing. I have about 20 models selected
but thnk only 16 will make the cut in this book.
The rest will have to wait until book 2.
Oh yeah it's a two book deal!
22nd October 2015
final few niggles in the contract have been ironed out and we are good
We also have a book editor Imogen Fortes , book designer Lucy Gowan and
illustrator Ricard Gowan.
They want me to send them a full completed chapter so they can begin work
on the design and layout.
15th October 2015
just asked me how many illustrations we would need in the book?
errrr.....no idea! I still haven't decided on which models to include.
Currently I have selected three models and written the intro section and
Naturally Sadako and the paper cranes is in there.
Also found that Mindfulness and origami in Japan both can trace their
roots to Buddhism.
9th October 2015
some of the models I made for the rights team to take to Frankfurt.
here is a yellow kite for yellow kite books.
was reading an article about the Frankfurt book fair. I had preconceptions
that it would be glamours like the Cannes film festival
but the journalist says it is just a boring but busy trade fair.
also offered to run an origami workshop for the staff at Yellowkite think
it would be good to meet the team and to teach them about Mindful Origami,
that's the name of the book .
30th September 2015
a few days of email ping pong concerning the details of the contract we
have finalised it!
Liz wants me to prep some models or the rights team to take to the Frankfut
has also written a crib sheet for the rights teams to take with them.
like yours truly will be a published author.
Book of Mindful Origami
Fold paper, unfold your mind
Kite, PB, £9.99
120pp, of which approx. 24pp are
perforated and can be torn out and folded
stress and find a moment of calm with the next trend
after colouring in: mindful origami.
has been shown to aid relaxation, concentration, hand eye co-ordination
and memory, and what’s more, it does not require complicated tools
or materials to perform. All you need is a piece of paper and some focused
thought, and the results can be enjoyed almost immediately. In this beautifully
designed book, with clear step-by-step instructions, you will learn how
to make 16 inspirational models that you can display on your desk, your
windowsill, or your mantelpiece, or give to somebody as a gift.
day millions of us sit in front of a computer screen tapping away at a
keyboard and don’t create anything real. Undertaking an origami
project is a chance to get creative and make something tangible; turning
a piece of paper into a 3D sculpture is a meditative journey that instils
in us a sense of pride, competence and accomplishment. As we slow down
and start to fold paper, which is so beautifully tactile, so we start
to unfold our minds. Worries and troubles float away as we start to fold
and follow the instructions, fully focused on the task at hand, able to
mindfully contemplate our intentions, hopes and dreams.
not sit with a friend or a child and fold together? Like colouring in,
origami is a wonderful shared pursuit – as you get into it and find
‘flow’, time is suspended and as you discover the art of origami,
so you start to lead a more authentic, simple and calmer life.
journey of mindful origami begins with a simple fold’
- 16 simple origami models with beautiful step by step illustrations for
- Inspirational and poignant quotes to accompany each step of your origami
- Perforated tear-out pages at the end of the book to get you started!
24th Septmeber 2015
they have offered me a book contract!
didn't expect that so quickly!
guess I have to dig through the legalese tonight.
I spent the entire day at work googling new author information and book
9th September 2015
had a lovely meeting with Liz Gough the publisher and Rebecca Mundy.
Had a pretty good discussion about how to make origami appealing to the
mindful colouring book audience.
I showed them the crease patterns that I coloured in like Sarah Morris's
I told them the story of Sadako Sasaki and the thousand cranes and gave
them a quick origami lesson.
They have asked me to go away and write a few more passages and submit
them for consideration.
2nd September 2015
that was interesting! I just had an email from a book publishing company
They want to chat to me about writing an origami book!
Have a meeting arrange next week.
Better do some folding and prepare some ideas for them.
17th April 2015
Cook editor of the guardian Do Something wrote an article about origami.
She thinks it could be the next big mindfulness trend to follow in the
footsteps of the adult colouring books.
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