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5 Reasons Online Origami Workshops are Ideal for Online Team Building

5 Reasons Online Origami Workshops are Ideal for Online Team Building

5 Reasons Online Origami Workshops are Ideal for Online Team Building

5 Reasons Online Origami Workshops are Ideal for Online Team Building

Winter 2023

Winter 2023

I have been running Online Origami Workshops now for over 2 years and have been so surprised and satisfied to see how effective they are at bringing teams together virtually from all over the world. Here are 5 things I often hear from participants as to why they work so well—some of them might surprise you!


1) “I didn’t think about anything else for the whole hour!”

This is one of the most common comments I get, and it thrills me every time!

We live in what’s known as an “Attention Economy” where every second it seems someone else is vying for our attention – a recent study suggests that the average adult’s attention span is now less than 8 seconds, which is less than that of a goldfish! Not good news! (ed, turns out this study was a bit of a myth! See the debunking here!)

I love that for the 60 minutes of the sessions, I can engage with people to the extent that they don’t think about work, family, other commitments, etc. They are simply engaged in the moment, in the “here and now” – a process that is known to reduce stress and promote a healthier lifestyle.

And do you know what’s magic about taking a break from work?

When we get back after a break, it’s often the case that the subconscious has had an opportunity to sort things out “under the hood”, and things often flow so much easier than before. A creative break honestly moves things forward in quite an incredible way!

2) “I feel so Zen!”

I am no Buddhist, let alone a Zen monk, and while I do practice mindfulness in one form, I do not spend hours a day meditating; it’s often hard to find the time in today’s busy lifestyle.

And yet, in these Online Origami Workshops people honestly come away feeling so relaxed! I always focus the sessions on those who have never folded paper before (it’s meant to be fun!) and remind people that there’s zero shame in asking for a hand (a digital one at least!) if things aren’t working.

It thrills me even after over two years to think that, in some strange way, my workshops help people feel more relaxed and hopefully go back into their work and family lives with something of that sense of calm.

3) “I tried Origami before, and it was so hard, but you made it so easy and fun.”

Another classic comment I hear regularly! And I know why!

I’ve been doing Origami since I was 6, and I have grown up with Origami notation in books, so origami diagrams never really phase me – in fact, they were an early introduction to the Japanese language too, which has become another interest of mine.

But they can be confusing and cryptic, and to be honest, YouTube videos are often not that much better – you certainly can’t ask YouTube for help halfway through!

In the models I teach, I know the danger points where things can go wrong, so participants rarely, if ever, don’t manage to complete the models! I love that some people even come away from the sessions with “a brand new hobby!”

4) “My Origami heart has been on my desk for 6 months now!”

This made me happy to hear! I have a little special feature with the heart I teach in the sessions, and it is also a custom model with an incorporated stand so it can pop on the desk, and from some of the comments I get, there it stays!

It can act as a reminder to take a moment for yourself, to think of a friend, to remember the workshop, or just as a moment to raise a slight smile during a busy day – all really valuable things to help us relax and make life a little easier and softer.

5) “I never get to make anything physical anymore, so this was great!”

The final of our 5 comments for this blog post is something I am very passionate about – in today’s world, it’s very easy for all our work to be computer-based, or at the very least, brain-based!

Yet we must be physical and use our bodies as well as our brains. Of course, we now have yoga, and people are very aware of the importance of physical well-being alongside more cerebral work, but I love that in the Online Origami workshops, in the middle of the day, people get an opportunity to create something they can touch, hold, and even give to another!

Even those in creative jobs and roles can still find themselves glued to Photoshop or Illustrator, and so the opportunity for creative people to make something physical often comes as a very welcome break!

So that sums up today’s blog of 5 comments I regularly hear in my workshops. Do drop us an email if you have any thoughts or feedback. – love to hear how you experience creativity in your life!



Michael Trew

Winter 2023

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As part of their “Currency isn’t Forever” campaign, we designed and folded the unique origami Dinosaurs from “soon-to-be-extinct” notes including the Euro, Dollar and South African Rand.

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Origami dinosaurs with Luno cryptocurrency trading platform

As part of their “Currency isn’t Forever” campaign, we designed and folded the unique origami Dinosaurs from “soon-to-be-extinct” notes including the Euro, Dollar and South African Rand.

ADVERTISING

Low poly origami style 9ft high replica of UK’s oldest amateur footballer with Stannah Stairlifts

Stannah Stairlifts commissioned us to create this huge replica of Dickie Borthwick, the self-acclaimed oldest amateur footballer in the UK, to celebrate older age with its freedom to uniquely express one’s truest self.

DIRECT MAIL, ADVERTISING

1000x paper origami style trainers for Asics OnitsukaTiger brand anniversary campaign

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"My team at Google organised an hour of Origami with Michael and we thoughly enjoyed it! Definitely a recommendation !"

"My team at Google organised an hour of Origami with Michael and we thoughly enjoyed it! Definitely a recommendation !"

"My team at Google organised an hour of Origami with Michael and we thoughly enjoyed it! Definitely a recommendation !"

"My team at Google organised an hour of Origami with Michael and we thoughly enjoyed it! Definitely a recommendation !"

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"Papershake work with creative agencies in the UK and worldwide, creating original origami for advertising, events and PR as well as hosting 5 star online origami workshops and experiences"


Michael Trew

Papershake Origami

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Studio 12

West Werks

41-43 Portland Road

BN3 3RE

United Kingdom

07715 640 251

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Papershake Limited

Studio 12

West Werks

41-43 Portland Road

BN3 3RE

United Kingdom

07715 640 251

© 2024 All Right Reserved by Papershake

"Papershake work with creative agencies in the UK and worldwide, creating original origami for advertising, events and PR as well as hosting 5-star online origami workshops and experiences"


INFO

Papershake Limited

Studio 12

West Werks

41-43 Portland Road

BN3 3RE

United Kingdom

07715 640 251

© 2024 All Right Reserved by Papershake

"Papershake work with creative agencies in the UK and worldwide, creating original origami for advertising, events and PR as well as hosting 5 star online origami workshops and experiences"


Michael Trew

Papershake Origami

Papershake Limited

Studio 12

West Werks

41-43 Portland Road

BN3 3RE

United Kingdom

07715 640 251

© 2024 All Right Reserved by Papershake