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.
Fun-to-make origami place cards will add a new touch to your dinners and parties in 2018! These are easy to make using any kinds of paper. Use them for all occasions to dress up your table, be it formal or just to make it festive.
Place Cards are usually thought of as an aid to seating when the host or hostess wants to determine who sits where. But even if you choose not to assign seats, place cards can be fun or playful, especially if guests don't know each other. You can decorate the cards ahead of time or let the guests decorate, adding their own names before sitting down.
Fold colorful decorative papers to complement your party's theme. Or you
can make your own designs on solid-color papers using markers, pens and pencils
and/or add embellish with stickers, small colorful gems, paper flowers, etc.
If you personalize your cards for each guest they can take them home as a memento of the party or event!
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
All of her Paper Dream Paintings can be seen in her Etsy shop where custom matted art prints of her original work can be purchased. Go to: www.etsy.com/shop/LyricFineArts
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 firstname.lastname@example.org