WHAT IT IS

Move your hands to move your brain…
In Japan it is often said that
we think with our hands.

Scissors require the simultaneous use of both hands and provide the amazing opportunity
to master
bilateral coordination. This simply means that while one hand cuts in a vertical
motion, the other hand
holds and turns the paper in a horizontal position. The proper and
consistent use of scissors to create changes how a child performs because the child learns
to concentrate, focus and use both hands confidently. When children feel the flow of creativity
in their hands, they pay attention; cutting with scissors engages both sides of their brain and
triggers synapse connections resulting in joyful and confident artistic imagination.

An artistic bridge to creative freedomEast meets West in TERIGAMI

Cut paper art has roots in China, Japan, Europe and throughout the world.
Henri Matisse’s drawing-with-scissors concept exemplifies the basis for
TERIGAMI
because scissors
become the child’s drawing utensils.

TERIGAMI is a cross-cultural artistic collaboration between East and West because it
combines
Teri’s Scissor Technology with two famous Japanese traditional arts: origami
(paper folding) and
kirigami (paper cutting). Typically done with vibrantly colored Japanese
origami and elegantly textured washi papers,
TERIGAMI also uses amazing earth-friendly
"
Elephant dung papers".

Scissors, the Super-Hero tool of the future

TERIGAMI is an original free-hand paper cutting Scissor Technology that, despite the
absence of patterns and guidelines, entices and encourages kids to use both hands and
scissors to create, to focus, to learn and to think. Over the last 30 years of fine-tuning this
cut paper system with children, parents and educators, TERIGAMI has become recognized
not only as an ingenious art form, but also as an effective tool to support and teach basic
skills, languages and enhance literacy.

TERIGAMI is educational. It is neither Eastern nor Western but has strong foundations in
both cultures. It is challenging. It is fun. It is a round peg, a square peg, and a hexagon peg
that fits well into any and every home, classroom and culture because it is
TERIGAMI.