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.
2019 - The Year of the Pig... "a year of fortune and luck!" This Year of the Pig begins on February 18, 2019, and continues until January 24, 2020. The pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the pig was late to the Emperor's party and last to arrive so he had to take twelfth place.
Persons born in the Year of the Pig are considered to have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life. They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs! If given the chance they will take positions of power and status. The chubby faces and big ears of pigs are signs of fortune as well.
You are a “Pig Chinese Zodiac native” if you are born in one of these
years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.
2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest!
I diagrammed a traditional origami pig model for Tucson Happenings in November 2016 and you can find that diagram here: http://tucsonhappenings.com/eZine/0411-November-2016/Origami/default.asp
But I recently came across a delightful 'Pig Candy Box' designed by origami friend
Leyla Torres that I'd like to share for a new model this month - to celebrate the
Year of the Pig! She has a great video showing how to fold her model here:
How to Make a Pig and Candy Box https://www.origamispirit.com/2019/01/pig-box/ My pdf diagrams for the pig's head are here for downloading; if you want to fold the whole model watch Leyla's video to learn the box section!
Origami Spirit is her website & blog and features many other origami teaching
Her piggy box makes a great little gift for someone born in one of the Pig years, especially if you include a tasty morsel or other little items in the box!
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