Why Keep a Journal -Creativity Through Origami

In addition to keeping a written journal, I periodically take pictures of the worktable in my studio, the place where I do most of my paper folding. This is my visual journal. The video below shows this table as it appeared at different times throughout 2013.  Click to see videos of my visual journals in 2012 … Read more

Origami Convention in New York City, 2013

If you ever have the opportunity to attend an origami convention, don’t miss that opportunity! I’m just back from another mega origami convention in New York City  (June 21-25, 2013).  And as always, it was delicious fun, fun, fun!! It is a delight for me to learn, to meet all those wonderful friends who love the … Read more

A Definition of Art and What Being an Artist Means

This is a quote from a conversation between Seth Godin and Mary Jaksch. For a long time, my definition of art was conventional. It was limited to those people who made pictures whether painted, drawn, or photographed wrote poems, or stories, or novels played an instrument, or sang acted on the stage or screen. For … Read more

Keeping a Visual Journal –Leyla’s Work Table 2012

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 … Read more

World Origami Days –Vermont Local Celebration

Origami figures: flowers, hearts, animals, stars Figuras en origami: estrella, corazon, flor, modular, animales

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 … Read more

The Paper Boat –Magical Traditional Origami

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 … Read more

The Banquet

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

How to Make a Palm Sunday Cross

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 … Read more

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