Festival of the Trees-2013

Posted in Albuquerque Origami Society, Origami on November 30, 2012 by origamimommy

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The Albuquerque Origami Society donated a tree filled with 1,000 origami cranes this year to the Carrie IMG_0095Tingley Festival of the Trees.   The crane has become an international symbol of peace, good wishes, and good health.  We hope our contribution to this event will help the children served by the Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital.   This event auctions off decorated tree to support the Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital.  The tree is on display at Sandia Casino this weekend (Dec 1, 2, 2012).  It’s a great event that supports a great cause.

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World Origami Days

Posted in Origami Conventions on November 15, 2012 by origamimommy

October 24 is the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), who founded the first origami group in America. She was also one of the founders of the British Origami Society and OrigamiUSA. A dynamic woman, she was delighted in the magic to be found in a piece of paper and wanted to share it with the world. 

November 11 is Origami Day in Japan where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace.

The week from October 24-Nov 11 have become “World Origami Days.”  During this time folders from all over the world celebrate origami by spreading the joy of paperfolding.

During Origami Days this year, I was visiting my family in Tennessee.   My twin sister and I met my friend, Susan Wetting, for origami day folding.  We folded some cranes and also Assia Brill’s wonderful tea candle light.

Happy Origami Days!

Albuquerque Origami Society (AOS) & PCOC

Posted in Origami Conventions on November 15, 2012 by origamimommy

Albuquerque Origami Society…we are from all walks of life with one thing in common…we love to sit around and fold paper for hours!  We NEVER get tired of the thrill of turning a paper into something else…a dog, a rabbit…even vampire lips!

It is our small, goofy group, that will team up with OrigamiUSA to host The Pacific Coast Origami Convention in Albuquerque next year. (October 3-7, 2013) at the Marriott Pyramid.  We have invited 6 amazing special guests and already have confirmation of other dignitaries in the origami world that will also attend.  Check out the OrigamiUSA website for more details or our Facebook page.

If you attend our convention you will be among 200+ similar goofy people staying up all night folding.  There will be fantastic exhibits and you will be able to learn from origami masters models that will make you amazed and marvel at the wonders of origami.

Japan and Korea

Posted in Origami Conventions on November 15, 2012 by origamimommy

August 2012… A dream come true—an Origami Convention in Japan AND Korea! Yes, I was fortunate to be able to attend these two conventions with my friend, Doris Asano.   

We started in Tokyo for the Tanteidan Convention.  I was amazed to be with some of the most prestigious folders from around the world;   teaching and exhibiting.  Every aspect of the convention was organized to perfection….down to each class starting exactly on time…to the late, fun-filled, Bingo night with our host, Makoto Yamaguchi.    Books, paper, models to learn…my eyes heavy from jet-lag, I did not want to miss a thing.  The kindness, helpfulness and respect shown by the Japanese contingency was overwhelming.  The words “thank you” have never felt so lacking.  Someday, I hope to show the same kind of hospitality to those who welcomed me.

Our tour after the convention was to Sendai, the area of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  Mr. Yamaguchi had already made several origami caravan trips to the area.  As foreign guests this year we were asked if we would like to take part in a mini caravan.  All of us unanimously agreed, it would be the opportunity of a lifetime.  And it was.

I was also touched by the resiliency of the people we met. Instead of depression and anger I saw people who had good attitudes and could smile and find enjoyment in the origami we were sharing. I think the Origami Caravan, established by Yamaguchi-San has made a difference with the residents of this area. Many people have donated money, clothing, and other material assistance, which is hugely important, but people also need fun and positive human interaction. The Origami Caravan provides all that and more. The people and children were smiling, learning and for a moment in time forgetting the situation they have found themselves in.  I feel that I received more positive from this [Origami Caravan excursion] experience than I gave-from people who had so little to give.

If one world wind week in Japan was not enough to satisfy my origami craving-Korea was a short flight away.  Korea is a mecca for people who love paper craft.  Only the 3rd convention of its kind, the Korean Origami Convention is well on its way to being a paper folders’ destination.  Although smaller and more intimate, the level and quality of folding and paper craft was still exquisite.  Now, the eyelids are heavy from lack of sleep from touring, folding and shopping.

Oh, yes, and shopping!  Korea is a mecca for shopping!  If my suitcases were not full enough from the shopping extravaganza in Japan….Knock offs, high end-“the real thing”, craft supplies…you name it…even an origami decorated suitcase!  Doris and I finally found our appropriate “thank you” gift for our host-Yamaguchi-san.

Next up…Pacific Coast Origami Convention in Albuquerque, NM-October 3-7, 2013…I hope we can make this a once in a lifetime experience for our guests!

Troy

Posted in Origami, Origami Friends, Origami Models on December 13, 2011 by origamimommy

This is my origami friend, Troy.

He is always smiling especially when showing you an amazing origami fold.  Troy is an exceptional folder from Phoenix and a member of the Arizona Origami Society. He has a remarkable ability to create realistic flower arrangements which he displays annually at the February Matsuri Festival.  Below is a picture of a folded orchid arrangement.  You can almost smell its aroma.

Recently I received a box in the mail from Troy, his latest and greatest accomplishment;   an origami fir tree designed by Francesco Guarnieri.  The tree was made from tant paper.  I was delighted to receive such a precious model and it has a place of honor in my origami Christmas decorations in my entry way.

Festival of Trees

Posted in Origami Conventions on December 8, 2011 by origamimommy

ALBUQUERQUE ORIGAMI SOCIETY

I am a member of a local origami club; The Albuquerque Origami Society (AOS).  We are a small but strong group that meets once a month.  Last year we decided to donate an origami tree to the local Festival of Trees.  Festival of Trees is a fundraising effort to support Carrie Tingley Hospital for Children.  Our tree was called, “Hollygami,” and featured 900+ origami stars.  The angel on top was an original design by one of our members, Jason Stearns.  Hollygami was voted “People’s Choice” during the weekend festival.  We are proud of our group effort to produce a beautiful origami tree and to support a very worthy cause.  Happy Hollydays!!!

Origami Heaven

Posted in Origami Conventions on August 6, 2011 by origamimommy

Origami Heaven is a weeklong celebration of origami at the Wang Center at Stoneybrook University, organized by Rachel Katz and Shrikant Iyer and the Long Island Origami Enthusiasts (LIFE). This was my second year of attending OH and I taught a class called, Print and Fold, in which I explained how I enhance origami models by printing text and graphics on the paper before folding.

As a treat for the class, I used the template the Shumakovs provide in their new ebook, Origami Mini Library to make a tiny book about Origami Heaven.  The tiny book was placed in a small tote bag, also designed by the Shumakovs.  The print design on the tote was provided by Sok Song-it was the logo for this years’ festival.  In the book I included the schedule for the festival.

Thanks to the Shumakovs for their wonderful models!

And thanks to Shri, Rachel and all the members of the Long Island Folding Enthusiasts for the best celebration of origami ever!