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If You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands Try Origami!!

July 21st, 2011 · No Comments · arts

If you’re bored at work, have an hour to kill in a doctor’s office, standing on a line that snakes forever or are waiting for some customer service representative or crawling along in traffic, Try Origami for a fun way to kill time. Okay…. just kidding about the traffic. I saw a quote once “Life is like origami, unfold it slowly and observe each twist, turn and crease and you will understand it. Handle it carelessly and all you have is a blank sheet of paper.” And that’s essentially what it is – the art of paper folding. I’ve seen it with dollar bills, I suppose you can do it with divorce decrees, certificates of relief and patents.

True Dat.

I’m on a mailing list for an Asian American Arts Group out at SUNY Stony Brook. This fellow Shrikant Iyer sends me these event listings and they are a little out of the ordinary for what I usually receive on say Facebook for bands or comedy, etc. I get a lot from Gallery Owners (see previous posts) and this falls under that heading.

If you sort of know what Origami is but haven’t really checked it out…. you might want to head out to Stony Brook University for these great events. First check out this video of this exquisite art form and the delicate precision that must go into creating these pieces.

Stony Brook Origami

Stony Brook Origami

ORIGAMI HEAVEN 2011 EXHIBITION AND FESTIVAL

Origami, the Wang Way! Exhibition
Exhibition: Saturday, July 30 to Friday August 5 • Wang Center, Room 201
Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm • Saturday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm • Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the ultimate Long Island Origami experience at the Charles B. Wang Center. Origami, the Wang Way! interprets Long Island’s largest Asian American cultural center. Inspired by spaces in the building, from the bamboo garden to the interdenominational chapel to the gift shop to the Chinese Zodiac fountains, origami artists from throughout the world recreate the Wang Center aesthetic through the intricate art of creating sculptures with folded paper. Come fold with an origami artist from noon to 1:00 pm everyday at the exhibition area.

Origami Heaven Festival
Wednesday, August 3, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm • Wang Center

This day-long participatory festival features storigami, workshops, teaching tables, kimono dressing and other live performances from origami artists and teachers from around the world.

Here are some interesting Origami sites and a great step by step How To Origami Video.

Origami.com
Origami That Will Blow Your Mind
Fascinating WIKI on Origami including Technical Origami

Too Much Time On Your Hands?  Try Making An Origami Magic Ball

Too Much Time On Your Hands? Try Making An Origami Magic Ball

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