Origami Page:
Origami Penguin

Mary Ellen Palmeri

Welcome to our monthly "Origami Page". Origami is folding paper and ending up with delightful figures and models, such as flowers, boxes and animals. This feature will showcase a different origami model in each monthly issue, with diagrams and photos to help readers learn how to fold them. Most models use one square of paper, some use a rectangle, and others use more than one piece of paper.


Photo by Mary Ellen Palmeri

This origami penguin is a traditional model and is simple to make and enjoy. Some of the ways it can be used: a table decoration / added to a place-card / on a greeting card / hung by adding ribbon or string.

Although in reality most penguins are black and white some of them are very colorful. So make your penguins whatever color you enjoy - you can make them with white paper and color them after they are folded!

According to statistics there are 19 species of penguin and they range in size from 10 to 44 inches tall.

The penguin is a flightless bird that lives only in the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth. Penguins spend up to 80% of their lives in the ocean; they are carnivores and eat krill, squid and fish. Due to hunting, destroyed habitat, weather conditions and declining food supply, most species of penguins are now listed as vulnerable or threatened, and four species are endangered.

Happy folding!

Origami originated in ancient Asian cultures and has been adapted by contemporary artists worldwide to reflect their own cultures. Local artist Mary Ellen Palmeri has incorporated paper folding into many of her mixed media art paintings, and teaches origami classes locally and nationally. Some of her work can be seen in a Tucson Happenings feature here: Artist_Profile

Ms. Palmeri's original origami models have been published in books and magazines, she has been featured on broadcast media, and her mixed-media fine art works often include various original origami models. Origami LAFF (Lyric Arts Folding Fest) is a Tucson based club founded by Ms. Palmeri to provide a venue for sharing this art. The group meets monthly at a local library; for more details please contact the artist at info@lyric-arts.com

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