Then and there an idea started to grow. In 2014, she began organizing workshops for people who wanted to learn about paper folding and origami. The workshops quickly became popular and the sessions were fully booked immediately. For about a year, Lisa Marie had a workshop road trip that went from Gothenburg to Stockholm, Kalmar, Växjö and Malmö, during which participants were taught step-by-step instructions in paper folding.
– We always started with a blank sheet of paper. Then I showed them how to fold, how they should think. It’s like making a Christmas cracker, but a bit more delicate of course. There are also a lot of different techniques you can apply, such as geometric origami, which is when you sketch lines diagonally on the paper and then fold to form a zigzag pattern, says Lisa Marie Andersson.Right now though, she has taken a break from the workshops, partly because it was time consuming, but also because she wants to figure out a new approach so that she doesn’t dilute the concept too much.
When paper is allowed to be decorative
Lisa Marie’s paper creations are designed for decoration, not to fill a particular function. And she prefers to keep it this way, at least for now.
– I love that my creations are allowed to be decorative, adding value to the interior of a room. But perhaps in the future, I could work together with a product designer and create something that is actually useable and practical, says Lisa Marie Andersson.In addition to her own projects, Lisa Marie also takes on commissions from paper companies like Serla or Edet, where she has created designs in paper towels. She is also very proud of the creation she made for Arctic Paper last year, a paper mill made out of paper.Now, Lisa Marie looks forward to new projects and is longing for having her own exhibition.
– That really is a dream project, to be able to do something that is purely artistic and that I can work with for a long time. I have always seen myself as an entrepreneur or designer, but it is always fun to learn something new, says Lisa Marie Andersson.