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Keeping a Visual Journal –Leyla’s Work Table 2012 thumbnail

Do you remember what was on your creativity table twelve months ago, or even twelve days ago? I have kept a visual journal of my artwork for a couple of years now, by photographing my work table at different moments throughout the year. Every image in this visual journal is linked to daily events that [...]

World Origami Days –Vermont Local Celebration thumbnail

On Saturday November 10th, 2012 from 11am – 4pm, World Origami Days (WOD) will be celebrated at the One Corner Gallery, 39 School Street, in Arlington, VT. World Origami Days is a two-week international celebration honoring the art of Origami. This global event traditionally begins October 24th, the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), founder of [...]

The Paper Boat –Magical Traditional Origami thumbnail

Do you remember the magic of seeing a paper boat, or other origami figure, being folded in front of you for the first time? I was about five years old when a friend of my mother’s folded one and gave it to me. Later at home, I found a rectangular piece of paper and folded [...]

The Banquet thumbnail

One of my origami bees flew out of the studio window on a bright sunny morning and discovered a delightful, tasty, flower garden. My niece, Eliana, and I created a stop-motion animation of this origami bee having a feast. These were the steps we followed to make the stop motion video: An origami bee was [...]

You could be the proud owner of this Precolumbian Frog Brooch! thumbnail

Remember seeing the images of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011? On that tragic day many children in Japan’s Sendai area lost their parents. To address the urgent need of these orphaned children, Japanese origami master Mr. Makoto Yamaguchi established the Origami Caravan. Following his lead, June Sakamoto and Vicky Mihara [...]

How to Make a Palm Sunday Cross thumbnail

An Easter palm cross!! When I entered the kitchen for breakfast this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find a small palm cross resting on a plate at my table place. My mother in law, Yvonne Sutton, had placed it there for me in celebration of Palm Sunday. On this website I have featured some [...]

Welcoming a New Family Member thumbnail

Today we baptized Emilio Torres, my nephew, and the newest member of our family. Here he sleeps in his father’s arms. On Emilio’s party cake we placed some tiny origami chickens –designed by Simon Andersen (Denmark). Find diagrams for the chicks at Hans Dybkjær’s website. Look for the file at the upper right corner of [...]

A Butterfly After Dinner thumbnail

John and I were finishing dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. The sushi is delicious and the owners are always appreciative of the models I leave behind. John took this picture during a moment of concentration as I prepared the model for that evening. It was a butterfly. …………….. Portrait courtesy of John [...]

Creative chaos

I love the creative potential of a “clean slate”.  An annual ritual of mine is to begin the year with a tidy worktable. Of course just as I’ve finished organizing my studio and put everything in its place, a new project appears. Soon enough there is a blizzard of papers and materials flying all over [...]