Folding herself back to health. That is how Sarai Lawson describes herself and how she started on the road to recovery by specialising in Kusudama.

Kusudama - Local Papers
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Sarai uses local papers sourced in Tasmania for her Kusudama creations

Kusudama: Folds of Beauty

by Kathryn Heathcote

Sarai, a Tassie girl, lives with her husband and Tesla the Miniature Lop Rabbit in Launceston. She is currently undertaking a degree to become qualified in two professions as a Teacher Librarian.

Kusudama - Miniature Lop Rabbit
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Tesla the Miniature Lop Rabbit

Kusudama: Japanese Origami Art

A form of origami, Kusudama is an ancient Japanese art which quite simply means to fold. But forget origami as you know it; this is not about making boxes and cubes. Kusudama takes folding to a whole new skill level.

Sourcing all her papers locally, Sarai creates custom-made wedding bouquets, single flowers, cake toppers, hair pieces and earrings. Sarai started by making lilies and quickly progressed to wedding work.

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Arranged flowers: pretty, unique hair piece

Wedding Flowers and Cake Toppers

A Kusudama wedding bouquet requires your thoughts to move away from the conventional to something totally unique and personal, but also very unusual. Each wedding bouquet is custom made.

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Long-lasting flower bouquet: Kusudama papers

This wedding bouquet was made with comics from the Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Graphic Novel. The headdress (not shown) was made to match.

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Wedding bouquet with special papers: Kusudama

Each bouquet takes around five or more hours to make. Considering the amount of work that goes into each one, pieces made by Sarai are priced very reasonably. This wedding cake topper had the couples’ names added.

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Unique cake topper

Anniversaries and Mementos

Each petal is folded several times to make the paper stiff and there appears to be no restrictions as to what paper can be used. Imagine a page from your wedding invitation mixed in with your bouquet, or your favourite piece of music folded into your hair piece; love letters made into flowers for your silver, ruby or golden wedding anniversary.

Kusudama - Sheet Music
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Special sheet music: Kusudama

Christmas decorations made from the sheet music of the song that was top of the charts on the day your baby was born, or one of the congratulations cards you received. Sarai’s creations are only limited by your imagination.

Kusudama - Ancient Japanese Art
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Kusudama: ancient Japanese art form

Contact Sarai Lawson

Sarai Lawson can be contacted by email or by calling 0403 861 411. You can also follow Sarai and her Kusudama page on Facebook or see her Kusudama creations online.

Kathryn Heathcote from Evandale won tickets to the Porcelain Punch Travelling Medicine Show by entering one of our giveaway opportunities, then offered to write a review of the show. She has also had several other articles published: a showcase of her Cradle Mountain Snow photos; a story about the theatre production titled There Goes the Neighbourhood; a
review of her family’s visit to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre and a story about an evening at Royal Park in Launceston for New Year.

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