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The Art of Origami and Gift Wrapping

First Republic Bank
December 27, 2021

Learn more about the art of Japanese origami and gift wrapping with award-winning paper artist Linda Mihara. This holiday season, become a professional gift wrapper and learn the secrets of creating festive origami ornaments the entire family can enjoy. 

Read below for a full transcript of the conversation. 

Mary Kasaris - Hello, everybody. I hope everyone can hear me well. Thank you all for joining us today. Every so often we delight in presenting you with some interesting holiday events, and this one is truly a delight. We will be presenting the art of origami and gift-wrapping. And the renowned artist with us today is Linda Mihara. Before I introduce Linda, I'd love to go over some of her accomplishments, which are truly amazing. Linda is known for having created the Peace Sphere. It's a groundbreaking design basically made up of 18 origami cranes folded from a single piece of paper. And this was inspired, of course, by 18th century origami techniques. Linda is one of the best origami specialists on the planet I think. She also won an amazing award for a project called the Star Tessellated Dress and High Heels. She won the 2009 Innovation Award at the California State Fair and that was the first time origami had won any such award. Her artwork is at display in museums around the world, and most recently the Asian Art Museum as well. She has an amazing shop in this city called The Paper Tree. It has more origami art and Japanese handmade paper than any other shop, certainly in California. She offers origami classes and also a custom gift wrapping service there. As if all of these accomplishments aren't enough, Linda also volunteers. She volunteers for the World Tree of Hope in San Francisco, and she's also volunteered for the Cherry Blossom Festival for 52 years in a row. Of course, her art finds itself in fundraisers as well, and she has gifted her art for fundraisers that benefit many organizations, including the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Before we start, I wanted to let all of you know that during the memo, please use the Q&A buttons to submit your questions. And please also know that this is a recorded event and it will be available on the First Republic website. With that, please let me welcome Linda Mihara.

Linda Mihara - Thank you, Mary. Thank you so much for having me into your homes. My name is Linda Mihara. Thank you for that warm introduction, Mary. And welcome to, we are filming from Paper Tree, which is my store here in Japantown and loved having you here. And so today I get to do two of my favorite things in the world of paper arts. One is gift wrapping, and then of course origami. So what I'm going to do is show you some really cool ways to do some gift wrapping. It's that time of year, so we want to make sure that our presents look really beautifully wrapped. And it doesn't take that much. It's just very simple technique and some great ideas that I want to share with you. And then we're going to finish with an origami lesson on how to do this wonderful origami star, which is just from one sheet. So if you don't have a sheet of origami paper, go ahead and quickly cut a square so that you can be ready for this model here. We're first going to start with a basic wrap, which I think is really important, and we're going to do a little spin on it, and it's going to be utilizing a little excess piece of gift wrap that you might have. Maybe you're at the end of a roll, but it's still pretty enough that you can actually use it as an accent to this wrap. So we're going to do a basic wrap, do this accent with this piece of a decorative paper, whatever you have, and then finish off with a nice tie. So that's what we're first going to do. And there's a couple of things before we actually do the wrapping, and that is the basics of properly putting tissue in the box. I think that this is kind of a key thing instead of just throwing it in the box. Let's go ahead and make a nice presentation of it. So what I have here is a nice box and I'm going to grab some wrapping tissue. Hopefully you have wrapping tissue as well. And I like to use two sheets together.

So just kind of put one on top of the other, and then what we're going to do is fit it to the box. That's the other thing that's really important. And a great technique to do that is you have your box, place the tissue with the box so it's kind of centered, so that the box is underneath. And by grasping it on either end here, you're actually just going to make a pleat, like I'm doing. You're just going to gather up the tissue and kind of walk the tissue in until it ends up being the size of your box that you see here. And then just go ahead and press it inside. And then you have a nice tissue wrap that's inside. So we're going to go ahead and, let's see, let's grab a couple of things to put in here. And another nice thing is if the box is too big, like this, just gather the tissue, some more tissue, and a great technique is to take a sheet and just go ahead and... You have to just kind of gather it like this. It just kind of makes a little wrap around your gift. And I'm just going to do that with another sheet. I'm just going to kind of... Just gather with both hands like this. Super, super easy technique. Put it in like that, and then you can go ahead and close your flaps for the tissue, just like this. If you have a little decorative seal, like maybe like a little gold star or something like that, you can do that and finish it off that way. That's a nice little touch too, but that's that. So now we're going to go ahead and close the box. One thing that helps when you're wrapping is to make sure the lid stays secure to the box. It's a good idea to put a couple of pieces of tape to secure it, which I'm going to go ahead and do right now. So you only need two. So one on this side and one on the side, just like that. So now we're going to go ahead and do our wrap. Going to put this aside.

Let's take our roll and go ahead and roll it. Put the box close to the edge. And the best way to cut this is you want to make sure that you have enough paper on both sides, but not too much paper. It's really easy to do that. So I have my box placed in the middle of my wrap. And by judging on the side here, you see how I'm close to the edge. You want to kind of bring this paper up so that it's about, well, about three quarters of the way up like this, like you see here. If you go past there, then you're going to have a lot of excess. So we just kind of place the box. So when you bring this up, it's about three quarters of the way that you see here. And then to duplicate that on the other side, take your roll. And I'm going to actually rotate this around so you can see how we're going to cut that. So again, you want to bring this roll up and then fold it back to right where you think, you know, about the three-quarters of the way like this. So put the fold in place. And then this is where you're going to cut the paper. You can use some sharp scissors. You can also use a knife. I'm going to go ahead and use a knife. I find that that is a real easy way to do it. And just slide the knife underneath. And you're basically pulling it out. And you let the knife kind of rest along the tabletop, like I'm doing here. That prevents the jagged edges that happen if you're cutting with scissors. So it's just a nice, smooth, clean cut. Put this paper away, and then place the box back on top. And now what we're going to do is turn it over so that the top is upside down, just like this. The next thing you want to do is to make sure that you don't have a lot of excess going this way here. So one way to do that, you have it centered here, bring the paper over about three quarters of the way like this, and then bring this over and kind of mark where it's about three quarters of the way over, which is about here for what I think. We make a simple fold.

Go ahead and cut that. And then I always like to finish the raw edge. So we're going to go ahead and tape. And the edge we just cut, we're just going to fold it over just a little bit to finish your edge. This is what's going to go on top at the end. So we're going to center our package, bring this over, and bring this over. So you see, it makes a nice, smooth, not rough edge here. Nice and clean. Let's go ahead and secure that with some tape. And then now closing the ends. This is super easy. You want to start from the top? So we've secured this here with tape. And the thing to remember when you're doing this is to think about hugging the box. That's the best way to make sure that you don't have any slack or any wrinkles. And so what we're going to do is from the middle, we're just going to hug the box and bring the paper around like this. When you go to the end, make sure that it goes all the way like this. And what's going to happen is this is going to turn into in little flap. So make sure that you put the paper all the way across to the end, and then just make this fold. So then this, it's secure, like this. Same for the other side. So we're going to walk the paper over, all the way to the end like this, and then go ahead and make your fold. Now it's a matter of bringing the folds in. So again, we're hugging the box. So this time we're hugging the box from the outside. We're hugging this all the way to the end, and then here's our next fold here. Same for the other side. So we're hugging the box. So from the outside, we're bringing this over and then making this fold. So it should look like this. Now we want to go ahead and put a fold on this raw edge just to kind of it a nice polish. So it just kind of fold up the layer like that and then bring it on up and secure with tape.

Beautiful, nice clean finish to your package. And then a finish is to just go ahead and kind of put a slight crease. We can do this at the end too, but let's go ahead and do the other side. So let's rotate it over. And again, hugging the box from the top, from the middle, hugging it, hugging it all the way over, folding your flap like this, hugging, bringing it all the way over and then folding there. Bring your flaps in, hugging the box from the outside, making your fold there, and then hugging from the other side and folding there. And then one more fold to finish the raw edge, which is this end here. Just folding it up a little bit, just like that, and then finishing with some tape. Got some tape. This is the basic wrap and a great way to finish this is to just go around all the edges, and you actually kind of make a fold. And this just makes a super clean, nice, neat, perfect wrap that you see, just like this. So now this accent here is great because it makes use of some extra gift wrap that you have. Maybe you have just a little bit left on the roll, which is fantastic. So I've got some nice decorative paper here, and I'm just going to cut a little strip, maybe about a third, just a little band that kind of comes through the middle of this package here. I'm going to estimate it's going to be... Put this over here. This is great because, you know, a lot of times you have almost a roll or there's just a little bit left on the end of the roll. What do you do with that paper? It's too small to wrap a gift, unless it's a really small gift. But then just go ahead and take advantage of using that as an accent. So I'm going to go ahead and cut this. And you don't need to fold the raw edges this time, but you want to angle the package so that on the sides that have the flaps, that's where this band goes around. So think about it as a little band to just kind of center it, just like this.

Let's turn it over and then just seal it on the other side. It also covers this side here and looks super, super clean. We'll go ahead and secure it with some tape. Let's put our little crease in here. And then just make some ribbon. You can even use something that's really thin. Like what I've used here is a, this is called Mizuhiki cord, and it's a paper cord that's used for a lot of decorative purposes like this. You can use curling ribbon. You can use raffia. I've got some gold raffia here that I think might make a nice accent. You don't have to use a big fat bow. I think that that might be a little distracting. So you can go ahead and just use a simple, whether it's a gold strand or curling ribbon. Just do a simple bow. Let's go ahead and trim that, so it can actually curl. The raffia is kind of nice because you can actually open it up a little bit. But that's just a very simple, very beautiful, clean way to just kind of make use of some excess paper, but look at how beautiful that is. It's really great. Super cool. So now, the next one we're going to do is... This time of year, we like to give wine, right? We like to receive wine, but we also like to give wine. And this is a great way to wrap your bottle in a really festive way. And it's super easy to do this. It's great. So I've the bottle of, actually, this is sake. It is Japantown, so we're going to go ahead and do Sake. And you want to take a piece of paper. Excuse me, a roll of wrap. And most wrap are about, I would say, anywhere from 24 to 36 inches in length, approximate, and perfectly enough for a bottle of wine. So the trick here is you actually don't end up using a lot of paper, but it's a super cool technique that it actually incorporates a little bit or origami, which is great. So we've got our roll of paper. we've got our bottle. And I'm going to turn it this way, so you can see how I measure this. So we want to place the bottle close to this edge. And when you bring this up, it again comes up about three quarters of the way up, which is right about here. Okay, that's fine.

Take some tape, and we want to secure the bottle with the tape so it doesn't slide around, because we're going to do a little bit of manipulation for this paper and we don't want it to slip. So we put a piece of tape here. And then you want to go ahead and just roll the bottle. Make sure that you have enough that the bottle is covered. And so I'm going to take... So the bottle is, I've got about a roll and a half on that, which is plenty. So you can make this cut anywhere. So again, I'm going to take the roll and bring it forward and just kind of fold it, find your fold. You can use the outside edges to kind of line up and make sure you don't have a fold that goes a little crazy. But if you've got it lined up when you fold it over, that's exactly what you want it to do. Fold the crease. Go ahead and cut. Again, use the table. And it's great if you have a narrow knife or super sharp scissors. And if you do have a knife, it's good to have it go out about like two inches. That's going to give you enough room to make a nice, smooth cut. Put this here. Now, back to our bottle. So we have our bottle here. And then we're just going to go ahead and roll. And again, we want to go ahead and fold the raw edge here, just to make sure that we have a nice clean presentation, just a little bit. So just kind of fold it in all the way over, and then bring it over where the bottle is. Let's just go ahead and secure it with some tape so it's nice and snug. Make sure it's nice and snug. And let's go ahead and tape it right here in the middle. So now we want to finish this edge here, and it's great. Again, right where the seam is, that's the first fold that goes around. So again, we're hugging the bottle.

Remember how we were hugging the box? We're going to hug the bottle this time. So we're just going to bring this down. And then it's a simple matter of just pinching and rotating, pinching and rotating, pinching and rotating. And then at the end, you'll have something that kind of looks like this, like a little point. That's great. Just go ahead and fold that over. Use some tape. I'm going to grab some tape. And then tape it across the point that it doesn't shift around, like that. Great. So now we have this. And this is the funnest part of this. So you have the seam. Let's go ahead and place it so that the seam side is face down and the base is facing you. So we have the rest of the parts out here and what we want to do is just simply press down. And then press until you reach the top of the bottle. I can feel the bottle ends right here. So this whole top part is folded flat. Rotate it around. And now what we're going to do is we're going to kind of fold back and forth, like a fan. But we should start where the top of the wine bottle is. We're just going to fold it over. And I would say make your folds about maybe three quarters of an inch to an inch. You see how I'm holding it back and forth? These are cool. I love this. This is so much fun. Folding. So you have a stack of pleats like this. Let's go ahead and turn the bottle face up like this. And then let's get some tape. I actually want to make one adjustment here. We've got a stack of pleats sitting on top of the bottle. And you've got this up here, and what you want to do is fold this whole thing in half, making it into a fan. So you see I'm holding it here in the middle. We're going to bring the edges over like this. And then we're just going to secure it with some tape. So just go ahead and tape this part here. Just like this. Tape the top. And then what we're going to do is get some ribbon.

My ribbon is... Got to grab my ribbon. Love this fold. This is really good. Okay, so we have this. So you see at the base of the fan there's a little hole. Let's take our ribbon and feed it right through that hole. Bring it to the back. Bring it to the front. And depending on your ribbon, mine's kind of wide so it's going to be a little slippery. So I'm going to secure it with some tape at the bottom. We're going to continue and bring the ribbon up. Let's knot it first before we trim. So go ahead and get your scissors and trim any excess. And now we're going to tie a bow. And I am going to just position the ribbon so that it's nice and flat against the bottle. So let's go ahead and do that. We're doing a bow. I'm doing this upside down actually, actually backwards, because I'm facing the camera. And yes. Great. Awesome. I'm going to trim the end here to make it look nice. So that is your cool, let me just this make sure that it's all perfect and happy. Yeah. Isn't that cool? It's so cool. It's great. Big bang for your buck. Great presentation on the wine bottle. Very festive. So that is your wine bottle fan, I guess I'm going to call this. Okay. So now what we're going to do is get into some origami. And the origami, if you have a nice piece, a nice square, any square will do. Standard origami paper is six inch by six inch. I'm using one that's a little bit bigger, because it works better on camera. And I'm going to show you how to do this really cool origami star. And the star is great because you can, of course, use any kind of paper, cut a square from any of your gift wrap, and then you could use this as your gift tag on the package, and the star's a perfect thing to do for that. So let's go ahead and get started. I have my piece of origami paper here. And origami paper has color on one side and it's white on the backside, which is what this is here.

So we want to start first with the color side face down. So if you have foil or something with the pattern, go ahead and have that face down. I'm going to make two precreases. So the one precrease is going into a triangle. So the best thing is you take your, you want to line up your points here and then pull straight down, and then go to the right and left. That way the paper doesn't shift on you and you have a nice triangle like you see here. Go ahead and unfold that. We're going to rotate and fold the other triangle so that we want to get that midpoint here. So again, line up your points, fold it in place, pull straight down, and go to the right and go to the left. Like that. Now let's unfold it and let's turn it over. So now we're looking at the color side of the paper. And we're going to fold it into a rectangle, okay? So take these edges, these corners, and line it up with those two corners. So I usually line up one corner first here and then line up the other corner here. And again, pull straight down the middle so that you have a nice rectangle like this. Now let's unfold it, rotate, and fold the other rectangle, like that. And let's go ahead and unfold that. And then now you're looking at the color side of the paper. And if you push up right from the center underneath, like this, it'll pop up, okay? You want that to happen. You want it to pop up because now what you're going to do is gather the paper in between the points. You see I've grasped right where those fold lines are. And you bring it together, bring your hands together, and what happens is you end up with this. It kind of looks like a pyramid. And then you just flatten it out so that you end up with two flaps on one side and two flaps on the other side, so it looks just like that.

Double triangle. Now you've created a guideline going down the middle. You should see a nice fold line that you've created here. So what you want to do is take this flap on the right side and we're going to take this edge and line it up with the center line, kind of like a paper airplane. So it kind of comes to a point at the top here. So it lines up with the center and then go ahead and make your fold, so it should look just like this. Now let's turn it over to the other side. And we're going to take this flap. Again, you should have two flaps on this side too. And we're going to take that edge and line it up with the center crease like that so it kind of matches what's on the back side. So your model should look just like this. Now let's take, if you hold it here, hold this point here like I'm doing, you're going to pull this point on the left. And what happens is, you see how it opens up at the bottom, and it should look just like this. So those are the two bottom points of the star. So it should look just like this. So now we're going to take this point here on the right. You already have a crease here, so we're going to take that and recrease it. So let's fold it back over. So it should look like this. That whole edge should be even, like that. And then we're going to take that same point and fold it back up. So we're going to create the other point to the star. It's about right in the middle of this edge here, like that, and then we're going to go ahead and make our crease. Now we're going to do the final one, which is the one on the left. So you're going to bring that over and it should just fold right over that edge there. That crease should be in place. So go ahead and fold that. And then we're going to take this flap and fold it back. And eyeballing it, it should be even with this flap here, just like that. And then you secure it with a little piece of tape, and then here is your five pointed star. That is so cool. Make these into ornaments and hang them on the tree. Use up some of your old gift wrap and make some wonderful stars. And that can be a great decoration as well as a gift card for your model. And let's see. I just wanted to see how our time is. Do we have any questions? Has anybody added any questions to the Q&A?

Noelle Schulenburg - Hi, Linda. Yes, we do have a question. So besides the star, which you just demonstrated, what are some other shapes that beginners should first try?

Linda - Yes, we actually have a wonderful YouTube channel. I do a free origami class on Saturdays called Threefold Origami Saturday, and it's on Eventbrite. And I've created a whole bunch of videos of some of the things that I've taught there, and a lot of those are beginning level models. But since we have some time, I'd love to show you another model, which is the heart. I forgot to mention at the beginning. We had a couple of the projects that I do. One is the World Tree of Hope and the other is the Hearts for Love. And the campaign for Hearts for Love started at the beginning of this year, when it was obvious that they were publicizing a lot of the hate against Asians. And I wanted to do something that was kind of a positive. What could I do as an artist to create some positive action and addressing this hate? So I said, well, I think love conquers hate. And in the world of origami, there is a tradition that says if you have a wish you want to have come true, you fold 1000 origami cranes and your wish will be granted. But since love is what conquers hate, I said, well, why don't I try to do a thousand hearts to wish for love? And so I put the call out to gather a thousand hearts to wish for love for this. I want people to think about love. It's positive. And so the first week that we put the word out, we got over a thousand hearts sent to the store, sent to Paper Tree. And they kept coming and they kept coming from all around the country. And so I had to change the goal. I changed it to, I think it was like 2,975 cases, reported cases of hate. And so that became the new goal, which we achieved after one month. And so in the front window of my store, I have the heart that is created from the hearts as well as a display of a lot of the hearts. So now we have over 7,000 hearts. It's just amazing. And they still keep coming in.

A lot of local schools have come on board and they've created their own hearts at their schools, which is really great. So that's created a lot of positivity and love, and I think that that was a fantastic project. The other project that I mentioned briefly was the World Tree of Hope. So you see the picture there of the beautiful tree covered in origami cranes and stars. And this is something that is actually on display at the Grace Cathedral here in San Francisco. This is our 15th year, my 15th year being a part of this. I was there at the beginning. And so each crane, what we did was we worked with a children's charity group called Rainbow World Fund. And they wanted, they actually had this concept of doing a tree covered in cranes and didn't know the first thing about origami. So they contacted us, we helped them, and so then now we have the Tree of Hope. So this is the world's largest origami tree. Currently it has over 18,000 cranes on it, and each crane has a wish written on the wing from somebody around the world. We've had celebrities. We've had children from schools. And so this tree is completely covered. It looks like it's SnoFlock, but what you're seeing are the cranes that have all the wonderful wishes written on them. And believe we have some, the contact on both of these projects that should be on, I believe we're going to be posting those websites. So for more information, and if you want to participate in either project, we'll definitely welcome that there. And so do we have any other questions that I could address or answer for anybody? And then what we're going to do is I'm going to show you how to fold the heart on that note. So go ahead and grab another sheet of paper and let's go ahead and do the heart.

This is a very simple heart, and you can also use this as a gift tag if you want to. So we have our sheet of paper and what we're going to do is turn it so that the color side is face down. And let's fold it into a triangle. So we're going to go ahead and line up the points. Hold it in place. Pull straight down, ad go to the right and go to the left so we have a nice triangle like this. Take the model and go ahead and fold it in half one more time and then unfold it. So now we have a guideline here in the middle. Let's unfold it again. So now you have your cross that kind of goes through the middle of this model. Let's take this bottom point and bring it right to the center, right where everything meets, like that. And then let's rotate the model. So we're going to rotate it around. And let's take this point and bring it up. Follow that center line that goes all the way up. And where that meets this bottom edge, we're going to go ahead and fold, bring that point right there, and then go ahead and fold. Now you do have your center crease that's still here, and what we want to do is take this half here. So the center crease stops here. We're going to take this edge and bring it up to meet this center line, like this. So that's the halfway point there. And then we're going to do the same for the other flaps. Let's bring this one up and forward and make your crease, like this. So now let's turn the model over to the other side. And you see these two triangles? Mine are white. I don't know if you have double-sided paper, but you take these two points and we're going to fold it right where it meets this colored edge here. So we're just going to fold little triangles. So this one's going to go down like this, and then the other one's going to do the same. Fold that one down. Like that. And then now these two points are going to fold in about the same size. So we're just going to take that and just fold it in.

We want to shape the heart and that's what these folds do. We're going to take this one and fold that in. And then now turn it over, and there is your finished heart. Super easy. Do your own. Make your own heart. Make a bunch of hearts and display it in your window, and just wish for love. Okay? So that is the super easy origami heart. We have a YouTube channel that has all my videos. And so if you're interested, one of the questions was what other models are good. You're welcome to come to the store. I can recommend a good book for you to begin with, but check out our YouTube channel. And so if you go to YouTube, the link is PaperTreeSF, and then that should take you to the category where you'll see some of my classes as well as the instructions for some of the easy origami models.

Noelle - Thank you, Linda. And we have another question here. Are you able to show us, or at least provide some tips on how to tie a perfect bow?

Linda - Yes. Thank you for that recommendation, or that question. And yes, I can show you the classic bow as well as how to do a hand-tied bow. So the classic bowl, let's grab a box here. What I find that works really well to do a classic bow is I like to kind of trim. Let me get it so that we have just enough here. So you make your first tie like this. And if you look at it, one goes down and one goes up. Hopefully you can see that. Take the bottom one and make your bend in the ribbon. So you're just going to go ahead and make a bend so that it comes across to the other side. Take the one that's on top, bring it over and under. So this creates a bow that is what I call centered, like this, so that you have the bow parts up here and then the tails down here. So that's a great way to just have a nice classic bowl that's centered. Okay, so now to do a custom bow, a puff bow, like this one, it's really easy. You need something that has actually, ribbon preferably that has some fabric to it and something that's a little bit wider so that you can make a nice big puffy bow. I'm going to get some ribbon here. This is about a two-inch wide fabric ribbon. And you need your ribbon, you need some scissors, and you also need some curling ribbon or string, just a little short thing. This is going to be used to tie the bow together. So let's go ahead and unspool some of this ribbon. And using your hand, that's a good size. Makes a nice sized bow. Just going to hold it here, and then just wrap it around your hand. And I would say about, you know, six to eight times, it makes a nice bow. More if you feel you want to make a real big splash, but you don't need to do anything more than eight.

Let's see, how many do I have here? I've got two, four, six, and I'm going to go for two more so than I have eight. So now if your hand was still holding the ribbon, the end of the ribbon should be in their palm. So when you bring this last part around, you want to cut the ribbon on the other side. So the end at the beginning is that the bottom of my palm, so we want to make the cut at the top of the palm, that way that you have that overlap. That's really important. So we're going to go ahead and cut that. So you have this. So now let's flatten it and fold it like that. Let's fold it again in half like this. What we want to do is we want to trim off the corners on this folded edge. This is going to give us the edge so that the bow will open up and stay put. So again, this is the folded edge, but you just got to cut the corners like this. And I would say that this is about a third. And then the same on this side. A lot of layers of ribbon here. So it should look just like this. You have those notches and this should still be intact like this. So now let's go ahead and get our curling ribbon. Let's open this up and let's just go ahead and tie a little bit. You don't have to use a lot. Just make a knot. Tie that right here in the middle. You can just go ahead and do a classic knot. Like that. Cut off the excess. Turn this over. Actually, let's go ahead and do this. So to use your puff bow, you have your original ribbon that's tied and you want to knot it so that it doesn't undo itself. Take your puff bow and using your curling ribbon, we're just going to place it on top. And the way you attach it is take one of the curling ribbons, tuck it underneath like you did on the bottom, and take the other one and tuck it in on the top. So this one went this way, so this one goes this way.

Bring them around, and let's knot it. This is so much easier to open the bow when it's attached to the package. So now that we have that, now it's a matter of peeling away layer by layer the alternating sides as you open this bow. So what you want to do first is take one layer of the ribbon like this, pull it apart from the rest, and then you just do a simple twist like that. Then you want to alternate. Take the other one, pull it out, and twist down. So it's a matter of twisting up and then twisting down. So here we go, we'll twist up. Peel out the layer twist down, and continue to do it until you've done all the layers. Twist up, twist down, and twist up. And then now we're going to do the other half. Isn't that pretty? So peel off a layer. Twist up. Get another layer and twist down. But you do have to pull it apart from the rest before you can twist it. So pull it apart, twist up. Pull it apart, twist down, pull it apart, twist up, pull it apart, twist down, and pull apart, twist up, and then you can do the one to pull down at the same time. You can take your curling ribbon now and make it curl by taking the edge of the scissors and just kind of... Oh, actually, this is actually not curling ribbon. But normally what you do is you run it across and then it'll curl the ribbon for you. I apologize for that. I'm just going to trim it so that it looks nice and neat. And that is how you do a beautiful hand tied bow with some beautiful ribbon, like that. Great. Any other questions?

Noelle - I think that is it for the moment. Can you tell us again, once more, a little bit about your store as well as your YouTube channel?

Linda - Yes. So our store, The Paper Tree, is located at 1743 Buchanan. It's one block north of the Japan Center's Peace Pagoda. So if you're familiar with Japantown, we have a beautiful pagoda that's right in the Japan Center. So we're one block north of that. And right now we're open seven days up to Christmas, and we'd love to see you here in the store. Like I mentioned earlier, we've got an amazing selection of paper and the Origami Museum is really worth coming to see. So definitely come and visit us. The YouTube channel, again, is YouTube slash PaperTreeSF, and that'll take you to the screen that has not only the individual videos, but also some of my past classes that I've had for Free Fold Origami Saturdays, so I hope you guys can join for that.

Noelle - Wonderful. Thank you so much, Linda. We really appreciate you coming. We do have Mary Kasaris here just to give us a few closing remarks.

Linda - Fantastic.

Mary - Linda, you were amazing. Not only your skill as an artist, but really the project you discussed with the hearts, the Peace Project with the hearts and the amazing tree hanging at Grace Cathedral. It shows your spirit as an artist, and we're so proud to have had you join us today. You've inspired me, certainly. I think you've inspired all of our clients on the call and we're very grateful. My name, by the way, is Mary Kasaris. I run the Silicon Valley region for the bank, and I'm delighted that we were able to present this event for our clients today. Please know that if you visit our website, you'll see other upcoming events in the scheduling. And if you wish to see this event, it has been recorded. So that is also available. Happy holidays to everyone, and thank you again, Linda. You inspired us today. Thanks everyone.

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