Boursin Boxes and Bliss

My readers have noticed , I’m sure, that I’m good at keeping myself entertained. Give me a piece of paper, half a pound of butter, a crochet hook, a yard of fabric or a book, and I’m all good. (In a couple of weeks a few package of seeds and a rake will keep me out of trouble until Memorial Day.)

Origami is my private place — it calms me, focuses my mind, satisfies my twin fondnesses for mystery and order. The mystery is trying to figure out how the hell anyway will I ever figure out the series of folds that emerge into a beautiful or practical object. The order comes from the knowledge that sometime, sooner or later, I will figure it out.

Saturday afternoon my fingers were twitching for a piece of paper and a challenge. I pulled Didier Boursin’s Advanced Origami from my bookshelf and decided that I’d try, for the seventieth time over a period of three years, to complete his Serving Dish. Biographical information on Boursin is scant — he’s a French architect and famous paper folder. His style is clean and modern and his fold patterns are, well, different. I’ve loved his work since I found it four years ago and I’ve wasted reams of paper trying to get it right. (By the way, my  piece on Boursin’s origami wallet is the most viewed post ever on this blog, so I’m not Didier’s only fan girl!)

Reader, I did it!











I love this little box so make, and was so relieved that I’d finally done it, that I tried to attempt two other boxes from Advanced Origami.









I love these triangular boxes so much I’m going to post another picture. Humor me.








I was blissed out enough at my progress, and my boxes, to risk one more model I’d never completed before — this cunning cube box. You make two identical cubes, but there’s a tricky and satisfying series of folds that locks the inner box into the outer box — it opens by pulling opposite corners. It’s cool.









I’m not preening — there are at least forty more forms in the book I may figure out before I draw Social Security. Mais, merci M. Boursin for two hours of  perfect peace.





Filed under Art, Books, How Cool is That?, Into the Mystic, Less than 50 cents, Origami, Paper

5 responses to “Boursin Boxes and Bliss

  1. Gretchen

    you should teach Origami classes through the Warrenville Park district. you could charge 15.00 per class per student have 8-10 students in an afternoon…think about it!

  2. Gretchen — really? I’m thinking….

  3. Charlotte

    I need a picture of that last box being opened. Wish I could join your classes. What fun!

  4. Kim Shook

    The idea of you teaching a class, any kind of class, is stellar and points out the limitations of online friendships. I would give anything to be able to attend such a class! The internet is a wondrous thing, but it lacks the ‘thereness’ of real life.

    Totally off-topic: have you read Penny’s “Bury Your Dead” yet? I am listening to it in the car and loving it as much as the others. Lord, how I love writers who are both smart AND accessible!! Speaking of which – have you ever read any Amanda Cross mysteries?

  5. Val Erde

    Oh, those are cute! I’ve just found this origami resource site that I’ve bookmarked thanks to your post, and I may have a go. I used to make paper boxes when I was a child and I’ve always always loved boxes. Thank you!

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