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.
August is 'Back-to-School' time in Greater Tucson, and here is an origami model
to start the school year with some paper folding fun to use with your favorite books!
Sure, you can use any scrap of paper to hold your place when you stop reading for
awhile, but that's so boring! Why not have bookmarks that are as original as you
are, and as much fun to show off as they are to use! They can even be used as a
special greeting card for your friends or family.
This origami "Crazy Face Bookmark" is easy to fold from a simple square of paper, and it can be decorated in as many ways as you can imagine. Each one can be unique by using different shapes, colors and adding as many interesting elements as you choose.
Consider making personalized bookmarks - some of my students make sets of them, one for each member of their family, and even include the family pet!
Most of the photos shown here are samples from student-made bookmarks. See where your own imagination will take you!
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