Thursday, March 29, 2012

Family Day at Oregon Historical Society Recap

The event was fun and full of families, elephants (not the real ones), and green (for St. Patrick's Day)! They even had green popcorn and green cotton candies for snack.

These are the artworks I made for display at OHS.

Hindi Goddess Ganesha made in origami
White elephant holding white lotus flower.
The elephant model is from Yasutomo Animal Print Origami package.
The model creator is unknown.

In honor of Packy.

I wanted to create some art pieces that express how elephants are highly regarded both in Hindu and in Buddhism for different reasons. I also created something to honor the birthday elephant, Packy!

My table set up...
This is a box that I always use to hold my business cards.
It was a gift from a group of students that I used to teach.
Coincidentally, it has a beautiful design of elephants on it!
"Elephant Book Corner" had an elephant print chair and a basket full of elephant books.
I had to have a photo taken with my elephant skirt!

While I was at OHS, I ran into some people that I know, including an event coordinator at the Oregon Zoo. She invited me to work at the official celebration of Packy's birthday at the zoo! I will be teaching more people how to make origami elephants, yey! I will be at the Oregon Zoo from 10am to 4pm, on Saturday, April 14. You can read more about the event here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Family Day Event at Oregon Historical Society

I am about to have a honor of celebrating an elephant's birthday, for the second time in my life!  First time was when Sam was born at the Oregon Zoo, in 2008.  Soon after he was born, I was there working at their annual World Animal Festival, and I made a whole bunch of origami elephants for the visitors.

My second time celebrating a birthday of an elephant is going to be for Packy's 50th birthday!  I got invited to his birthday celebration at the Oregon Historical Society, to teach the visitors how to make origami elephants.

This is going to be free admission, Family Day Event on Saturday, March 17.  I will be there from 11am to 3pm.  There will be lots of fun entertainment and activities, including live music, live animal guests from the zoo, a lecture about elephants, live art demo, treats, balloons, and of course, origami.  I will display some origami elephant artwork of mine as well.

I won't post any photos of my elephant artwork here just yet, but here is an painting that I got inspirations from.  This is a hand painted art piece purchased in India.  It's kind of small (only about 20cm x 55cm), but it has so much details.  Isn't it beautiful?

Unfortunately, no signature of the painter.
Here is a close-up...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

One Year After the Disaster

This Youtube video clip tells the story of Paper Cranes for Japan project, which started just after the Great Disaster in Northern Japan, exactly one year ago.

The first anniversary of the disaster marks today, March 11.  I honor lives lost and the progress made to reconstruct in Tohoku area.