Thursday, September 22, 2011

World Animal Festival 2011

What is your favorite animal?

This is a question I often ask people.  Being an animal lover I am always curious as to what kinds of animals people like.  My favorite is sloths.  Ever since I visited Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, I completely fell in love with these peaceful creatures.  The photo below is Buttercup, an orphaned three-toed sloth that got rescued by Aviario's.  Isn't she the cutest?  She was totally posing for this photo.  She even got that Mona Lisa Smile.  Buttercup melts my heart...!

There are no sloths at our own local Oregon Zoo, but for the past 5 years, I've always enjoyed working there as an origami vendor for their annual World Animal Festival.  I demonstrate, display, and teach my origami work.  There, I ask each visitor my usual question, "What's your favorite animal?" and make whatever the response of the animal I hear in origami. 

It has always been such a treat to visit and work there, and I look forward to this event every year.  This year, I will be working there on Sunday, September 25 from 10am to 4pm at their Elephant Plaza.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Origami Flowers

I just received a very unexpected, lovely gift the other day.  It was a bundle of beautiful origami flowers with a thank you note from the youth librarian at Woodburn Public Library, where I taught an orizomegami workshop last month.  I put them in a vase, and now it's displayed on my work station.  How lovely!  Thank you, Jeannie!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Article by NW Kids Magazine

NW Kids Magazine provides lots of practical resource guides to family and kids-friendly events and activities in the Portland area.  They just published their annual Birthday Issue, which included me as an origami entertainer.  They also posted an online article about me as an origami artist.  I would like to thank Beth, the NW Kids Magazine editor for interviewing me.  Here is the article.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Create Your Own Toys in Origami

I have a new program coming up at Multnomah County Library locations!  It is called Create Your Own Toys in Origami.  In this program I will introduce models of origami toys that are not only fun to make but also fun to play with!  Featured models include jumping frogs, finger puppets, ninja stars, spin tops and more.  The photo below shows the spin top model, which is the highlight of the program.  They are not only fun to spin, but also pretty to look at!

Saturday, September 10  2-4pm at Albina Library
Saturday, September 17  1:30-3:30pm at Gregory Heights Library; register for it from here.