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Origamido at the Fuller Craft Museum July 27 2012

I hadn't seen my longtime friend Michael LaFosse in too many years. So when I found out he and his partner Richard Alexander would be doing an origami series on July 15 at the Fuller Craft Museum - I thought this was my chance to see them. The Fuller is not too far up the road from Providence....it's located in Brockton, MA. The event was called Meet the Maker: it consisted of 3 events: 1 beginner's workshop, slide show and talk, then the more advanced folder's workshop. The folding duo was working and teaching non-stop, so we didn't get to chat much, but it was so wonderful to meet them again and to experience the incredible origami creature collection they brought from the Origamido studio. Wilbur the piglet was even there. I hadn't seen Wilbur since 1992, when we did an event together at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Wilbur hasn't aged a bit!
LaFosse, Wilbur the Piglet
Michael LaFosse is the master creator of sculptural paper creatures, and Richard Alexander is quite a folder in his own right. Richard is the master of championing Michael and the entire tradition of Origami. Check out all the books, kits and DVDs he has produced or they have collaborated on! At their studio, Origamido -which by the way, translates roughly to The Way of Paper Folding- in Haverhill, MA, folders are treated to expert instruction on how to create fine art origami, basic folding techniques, even paper-making. Algebraic and geometric equations are applied to the art of origami, as well as critical thinking skills, communication, and the culture and history of origami. This is not your average crane folding workshop. The following slide show gives you a taste of the day spent at the Fuller Craft Museum: the origami creatures we saw, the Fuller's exterior and inside during the workshop, and the museum's beautiful surrounding scenery. PLUS! a wonderful dragon folded by Nick Avery of Pembroke, MA. At the Meet the Maker lecture I met father and son origami enthusiasts: Mark and Nick Avery, who came to Paper Connection just yesterday. As soon as they returned home from Paper Connection, apparently, Nick- who is now 17 yrs old and just started seriously folding 9 months ago -was so psyched to try his newly purchased papers and so inspired by Michael Lafosse and other masters, he folded this wonderful dragon out of our red dragon pattern blockprinted lokta paper ! So proud to meet one of the next generation's great folders.

More Origata November 18 2011

After my friend Rie went to visit the studio of Kazuki Yamane I was inspired to investigate further into the origata world. I came upon the Origata Design Institute in Minami-Aoyama in Tokyo. The Origata Design Institute, managed by Ms. Sugihara was established in an old-style shop. (An "old-school" tradition taught in an old...school or rather old building). They offer origata workshops, upon the tatami platform, publish and sell books on the subject, and most of all, provide an inspirational place for folding enthusiasts to learn and meet other folders, and of course, a place for artists to spawn ideas for collaboration. During my short visit to Origata Design Institute, I met a paper folding artist Ms. Yuko Nishimura, who has shown at the Fuller Craft Museum, in Brockton, MA, not far from Paper Connection. I also met a young wire artist, Mr. Yujin Hataguchi, who created these postcards on left below from photos of his work. Photos of goods at Origata Design Institute below. Just two datys ago, I saw another display of origata as soon as you enter the shop at the Origami Kaikan, which is located in another section of Tokyo. Looks like interest in this ancient art is having a revival; it seems to be back in style. It really is encouraging to see others promoting traditional arts as we do at Paper Connection. We teach in order to bring history to the present; so the new generation will adopt ideas invented in the past, re-interpret them with fresh eyes, and then incorporate them in their creative endeavors.

Origata: the ancient art of Folding Etiquette November 03 2011

My friend Ms. Rie Someya went to a special display of origata at the studio of Kazuki Yamane and wrote this blog (click here) on my behalf....love that girl!

More TEENY Tiny Paper Arts September 12 2010

This is absolutely amazing. I admire the patience and meticulous attention to detail by Mui-Ling Teh. Check out more here at illusion 360.