Origami for gifts and cards

This Workshop is family-friendly for ages 11 and up.

Children, please bring an adult along with you to this workshop. 

Make and present beautiful, thoughtful gifts with the traditional Japanese art of origami. 

Join Sayoko to learn to fold shapes of living flowers and animals, as well as boxes, cards, gift tags, objects and more. 

Origami is a fun, relaxing and therapeutic and highly creative art form, improving hand-eye coordination and mental focus, while tapping into your creativity and imagination. 

Create beautiful Origami art to take home or to gift to your family and friends. Relax your mind, enjoy this traditional Japanese art and let your creativity flow!

All levels welcome, beginners to advanced.

Origami has a fascinating history, tied in with the invention and availability of paper itself. The craft has it’s beginnings in Japanese and Chinese religious and elite circles, becoming more popular and widespread as paper became more widely available.

Now, even in our technical, digital age, Origami continues to be celebrated for presenting possibilities in mathematics and physics, influences on engineering, architecture, sculpture and fashion, and the immense mental and physical benefits of this deceptively simple technique of folding paper with the hands. Origami remains a complex and varied art form: a challenge as well as a relaxation.

‘It was wonderful spending time with Sayoko, she is so gentle in her teaching. Putting my mind to origami took me away from the everyday stuff on my mind, lovely!’

‘I really enjoyed the origami workshop. Sayoko was very experienced and she brought all the necessary materials and was generous in distributing papers. Having a small class meant that she could give a lot of individual attention. In typical Japanese fashion, she had a thank you gift for each of us!’

*During COVID: Students studying on-site at NSCC will be expected to assist their tutor in a post-course clean down of the room & anything used during this time. Please understand we are putting in strict protocols across the board to ensure the safety of our entire community.

Materials List

All materials included

Tutor: Sayoko Burton

Sayoko Burton has been teaching Origami at North Sydney Community Centre since 2017. Sayoko is a qualified Transpersonal Art Therapist who focuses on improving people’s wellbeing by developing creativity and imagination. Sayoko trained at the College of Complementary Medicine in Sydney and is a member of the International Institute for Complementary Therapy (IICT). A highly creative person herself, Sayoko feels strongly that some of her creative talent comes from her Japanese cultural background. She was born in Japan and grew up in the countryside of Aichi prefecture, Japan, where she learned traditional Japanese arts such as Origami from her grandmother from a very young age. Sayoko still enjoys practising traditional Japanese art forms as well as many other crafts. She currently teaches Origami in aged care settings, helping seniors maintain motor skills and mental focus, and in art therapy groups, supporting mental health recovery and wellbeing.