teaching in the village Shiramine

Etsuko and Michael in Japan


Australia original instructions


teaching in the village Shiramine

Workshop at Lane Cove Plaza for council

Birthday party origami

teaching at a party.

teaching in the village Shiramine

Link to Japan Foundation’s Australian Artists directory for Japanese culture and crafts.

Welcome to The Origami People! Since 1986Origami has the power to transform a whole society. I believe that the manual craftiness of the Japanese is awakened at an early age by the widespread use of Origami during childhood.The relaxing qualities of Origami have also imparted an active meditational tool to the society.
I am experienced with special events, public relations and have been commissioned for many jobs including workshops at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery;The Art Gallery of NSW, Enmore TAFE .Have worked in Collaboration to make media for Comm.Bank,MacDonalds,NSW Government,The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald,Channel 7,SBS(In The Neighborhood)Channel 10(Ridgey Didge).We (Etsuko and Michael)have taught Origami at the Sydney Town Hall and Queen Victoria buildings as part of Japan Week.We have taught at the Japan Foundation,Sydney. We have exhibited at the Sydney Opera House foyer as part of the Australian Ballet.I have also done origami insects for the New Zealand Post Television Commercial.We have made traditional frogs for a NSW Gov. clean water promotion.Etsuko’s hands were featured.I have done MacDonalds animation commercial with dog gorilla and kite.
Together we developed our brand of Origami earrings,the first first Australian/Japanese cooperative of Origami buisiness,successfully selling hand made paper products to primarily NSW ‘s retail.

About. History of The Origami People

teaching in the village Shiramine

Michael Clonaris began Origami in 1985 after his sister returned from Japan and taught him 3 origami designs. He made 1000 Origami cranes that same year and shortly afterwards in 1986 met and married his dearest wife Etsuko who urged him to further pursue Origami as a profession.
In 1986, along with Simon Peart, Etsuko and his sister Debby they collaborated in making a huge 7 metre square Origami crane at the Bondi Beach Pavilion for the International year of Peace activities.In 2016 my wife sadly passed away.I would like to dedicate this site to Etsuko Nagashita Clonaris who throughout her teaching career taught Origami to young children at school and did more to promote Origami than anyone else I know.She was an inspiration to me in making theorigamipeople a worthwhile enterprise .
Etsuko and Michael have appeared on television and radio, have been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Home Beautiful magazines. They have made Origami for advertising, for commercial shops, for national sale catalogues, conventions and corporate functions.

Michael has taught Origami to both children and adults at many schools, fairs and community group workshops.
Origami has the power to transform a whole society. Michael believes that the manual craftiness of the Japanese is awakened at an early age by the widespread use of Origami during childhood. The relaxing qualities of Origami have also imparted an active meditational tool to society.
In conjunction with work-shop.com.au I have conducted lessons in Redfern.
Private lesson available.
Origami and Children
Origami enables children to entertain and educate.Students are taught the visual language of Origami design and are encouraged to expand their skill via libraries and the internet. The lessons are graded with more difficult pieces taught once the basics have been mastered.Michael and Etsuko taught Origami at the International Grammar School ,Ultimo,Sydney during the 1990~2010 years.
Michael's expertise is often sourced by Creative Directors of leading Ad Agencies producing ads for distribution across all types of media.
MacDonalds,N.Z.Post, Commonwealth Bank,
I remember my first job was with my wife doing black red and white Origami for AKAI company.John Singleton Advertising.
He has been the subject of a number of specialist television productions broadcast nationally including SBS TV's "Here Comes The Neighbourhood" and TEN's "Totally Wild". In 2009 his work was featured in a series of segments on ABC TV's New Inventors program.
The Origami People's earrings and cards are sold directly to the public.
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Michael met Etsuko in January 1986 in Sydney.By November of the same year we were published in Harper’s Bazaar magazine Australasia Ed.This was just the beginning ,soon we would be folding inside the Sydney Opera House.

teaching in the village Shiramine

VOGUE magazine

teaching in the village Shiramine
teaching in the village Shiramine
teaching in the village Shiramine
teaching in the village Shiramine


The number 1

The Tree


Animation of origami Australia from 2 by 1 rectangle paper.

Origami box with four points

Traditional origami box from a square piece of paper.


Origami heart




Samurai Helmet ,Kabuto




Yakko san

Chill time at the NSW ART GALLERY

Snoopy dog instructions




The Origami People
Origami tuition
Origami demonstrations
Origami workshops
Origami for school and community group activity
Origami demonstrations
Origami exhibitions
Original Origami designs
Origami for Creative Directors
Origami for advertising
Origami for retail shopfront displays
Origami for corporate marketing
Origami for corporate functions and events
Origami for social functions, family functions and hospitality events
The Origami People Products:Origami earrings
Origami & collage gift cards
A dozen roses
Bespoke Origami...your request.
Buying from us: If you would like to purchase ;the contact section of this site has all our contact email details,payments can be made via the donation button at end of site.Make your request and Michael will answer.Customer service: We are committed to total excellence in not only our products but also in the level of service we strive to provide to you as well.


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