REDFERN: Small business Origami Pop Cards run by Dean Vu creates some light in this seemingly everlasting gloomy year.
The paper cards made at Origami Pop Cards are each laser cut and individually hand assembled, then customised with a heartfelt message of your choosing.
With dozens of choices, it’s almost impossible to choose between vibrant flora and fauna themed pop-up cards, or more personal celebratory cards made with tremendous detail.
I was curious to hear which design Mr Vu loved best, and he said, “My first personal favourite is the St Mary’s Cathedral card which was designed and hand-made exclusively for St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.”
I struggled with my own top choice but eventually landed on the “Aussie Fire Brigade Truck Card” from which all proceeds go towards Australian Bushfire Relief.
The art of origami, though most closely tied to Japan, also has roots in China and Europe. It involves the intricate folding of paper to create detailed works of art.
Mr Vu explained his inspiration for the creation of his cards: “I had an amazing grandmother who brought me up in Vietnam in a very small country village. We were very poor but my grandmother was very innovative. She went out to all the tailor shops and collected the offcuts and hand-made quilts for family. This is where I got my interest in handmade products such as handmade quilts and paper cards.”
An excerpt from Origami Pop Cards’ online store explains the company’s ethos and the importance of giving and receiving thoughtful gifts: “We believe relationships are one of the most important aspects in our life. Not everyone finds expressing their feelings easy. Making someone feel special is easy with the best greeting card and a hand-written message filled with lots of love.”
Mr Vu’s Pop Cards make the perfect gift for any Christmas, birthday, or regular day that you’d like to say something meaningful to a person you care about. These cards can be found in various local stores, including the gift shops at both the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Australian Museum and online at origamipopcards.com, so be sure to check them out!
Origami Pop Cards is at 97 Renwick St, Redfern