Providing a tip to the room cleaners at a hotel may actually be worth it to prevent stealing, for fine service, or may in some places just get you swans. During my most recent visit to Cancun, Mexico, a tip goes a long way, and ensures that you will be provided with a surplus amount of towels and blankets but in creative ways. My room was not the only room that had received these decorative swans and designs but all the rooms have been associated with this art of displaying towels and not just one, multiples in each room. Fascinated by these towel displayed I have looked into it more and have figured out that this towel origami is a form of art that lots have practiced.
What really appeals to me is how this form of art is unique. Until I visited an out of the country hotel I have never seen this type of towel origami displayed anywhere else. We mainly received towel animals with a few different designs thrown in. It adds fun and excitement to the room and is a creative idea. I choose this form of art because it is something different and made me second guess myself on “Is this really art?” and almost anyone can do this with a little time and practice.
The first picture, and my favorite, is of two swans portrayed as a husband and wife. Not only are the swans considered the art but the way they are displayed. They are shaped in a way that creates a heart through the middle of the two. The next picture is a doll which looks to be made up of a series of smaller towels. I think the sticker eyes and mouth really add character to this type of display. Next to the doll is a swan which also seems to be made up of multiple towels. I like how they incorporated the towel origami in the display for the soap. The third picture of the towel art is displayed in a way which is almost represents an angel. The two towels on the side seem to be wings. In a lot of the towel origami they include Kleenex to add decorations the works of art and help specific what they are like with the swans and angel.
After doing some researching about towel art, I found John Pullum who creates DVDs that show how to create different animals with towels. Here’s the link for a video where he shows how to make an elephant.
After viewing this form on towel art I wonder:
- To what extent is this considered art?
- Why are mainly animals are created and not just designs?
- How many different towels are used in creating these works of art?