Picture-perfect paper creations

Picture-perfect paper creations

Saga Chan shares his love for origami by running classes and workshops in his studio

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Saga Chan teaches the junior reporters how to fold a penguin.
Saga Chan teaches the junior reporters how to fold a penguin.
Photos: Chris Lau/SCMP
Apart from historical walk-up buildings, To Kwa Wan is home to Hong Kong's one and only origami studio. Two of our junior reporters met its founder, origami master Saga Chan Hin-chung, there. He taught them how to turn paper into a penguin, whale and bird, and even combine the three into a mermaid. Check out what they learned ...

Devotion for origami

Saga Chan fell in love with origami in secondary school. Like other teenage boys, he wanted to learn a trick to impress girls. But as time went by, his passion for origami grew. Over the years, he has taken part in local and international origami tournaments, and has won numerous awards. Now, he teaches people about origami in his studio.

One of Chan's many admirable qualities is that he doesn't care about the money. He has a full-time job, but still tries to dedicate as much time as possible to teaching origami. Chan organises reasonably-priced origami workshops and classes. He also gives discounts to elderly people or children from underprivileged families.

Chan loves to share his knowledge of origami, and has published two books on the subject. These feature some of his quirky creations, such as a knight on a dragon and the famous Japanese cartoon hamster Hamtaro. He even spent time learning how to illustrate his books digitally. Chan said he used his own money to publish the books, losing money on the first and making very little profit on the second. But he doesn't mind because he just wanted to share his passion with others.

Lau Chun-kit


Origami picture

Saga Chan has made many amazing paper models - from fighter jets to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. One of his most sophisticated works includes his favourite "origami picture", made from 2,219 mini pieces of paper. To create the masterpiece, Chan cut big pieces of paper into small squares. Then he folded these into even smaller squares, with a hook on each side, and wove the picture together by interlocking the hooks. There's a skilful twist to this creation: you see two different pictures - a whale or a rabbit - depending on which side you look at it from.

Chan searched the city to find the right colours of paper for his picture, and cropped more than 3,000 pieces of paper in total.

It took him countless hours to design, and many more to put the papers together.

The cropping process even wore out Chan's three cutters - they were all blunt in the end.

Kent De Jesus

Chan's studio is located at 22 G/F, Chiap Thong Building, 321 To Kwa Wan Road.

You can contact Chan on 9851 4324 or e-mail him at hc_saga@yahoo.com.

To find out more about origami, visit Chan's blog: www.hkgyou.com/index.php/saga.

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