June 28, 2013

Origami Wedding Cake Toppers

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Lu Sun, a talented origami artist, 
has found a perfect means to uniquely express her creativity: 
wedding cake toppers!

Unique, custom designed art that will add personal flair to the wedding festivities! 
Listen in while I interview Lu and find out a little more~


When did you first learn the art of origami?
Sometimes I feel like origami is in my genes. Ever since I can remember, which is at around 2 years old, I've been playing with paper. In the remote village in China where I grew up, manufactured toys were scarce and expensive, so I was lucky to have such a versatile medium through which I could unleash my imagination. My favorite activity as a toddler was opening an origami design folded by an adult and coloring in the squares and triangles created from the folds. It wasn't until I was 3 years old in preschool that I first learned how to fold origami animals.




How did you happen to start creating your bride and groom cake toppers?
My favorite thing to make is people, hence the custom bride and groom cake toppers. I find the shape and proportions of the human form absolutely beautiful. With a few bends of the paper at just the right places, a flat surface transforms into a figure.
I had the desire to create something unique and memorable for such an occasion. The brides and grooms love the fact that we can replicate them on their wedding day: from hair to dress, shirt and tie. We purposely make the toppers featureless to emphasize the timelessness of the husband and wife in wedded bliss.






With a background in art and industrial design, Lu makes gift items for her online store, "Lulu's Little Shop".  She and her business partner, Hun, are both 1st generation Americans and share "a great appreciation for different cultures around the globe." 

I can't get over the detailing! Exquisite!


Look at the back view of this couple. Her hairstyle is amazing!



Have you had any unusual special order requests? 
After about a year of making bride and groom toppers, we received a request from a couple in Brazil to include their dog in the topper. It only makes sense; pets are an important part of the family!




To learn origami techniques, has there any one special book or website that you've used?
I admire many great masters of origami, and collect books of their art. Each one has his own unique style of recreating objects and animals in paper form. Today, my one-stop-shop for learning origami is the internet. YouTube offers easy step-by-step instructions for folding popular origami designs, and Flickr shows a wonderful collection of inspiring designs.





You can see/touch/feel Lu's cake toppers in person at 
Creative Invites and Events, 121 West Benson Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
It's an adorable wedding stationary boutique located in the heart of the Reading bridal district. 





Lulu's Little Shop will be exhibiting in downtown Chicago, Illinois 
with the Chicago Loop Alliance in the upcoming months.


I'm crazy about this fabulous origami!
Can't say that I'm not partial to her name, either. ;)

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Images used with direct permission from Lu Sun.


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