Monday, April 30, 2012

Upcoming Library Classes

I am excited to announce two brand-new library programs that I am offering in May.  One is about Japanese Children's Day, offered at 5 branches.  The other one is spring themed origami program, offered at just one branch.

Mini carp streamer

Mini samurai helmet worn by my dog
"Japanese Children's Day"
May 5th is "Children's Day" in Japan, a special day that is all about celebrating children!  Find out how this Japanese national holiday is observed by making fun paper crafts.  Artist Yuki Martin will show you how to create all sorts of fun projects including a mini origami carp streamer and a wearable paper samurai helmet.

Wednesday, May 2, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Rockwood Library
Saturday, May 5, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Sellwood-Moreland Library
Saturday, May 5, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Gresham Library
Saturday, May 12, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Holgate Library
Saturday, May 19, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Kenton Library

All of the above classes are first come, first served.  Appropriate for K-5 and Families.

"Spring Adventures in Origami"
Create unique origami decorations for the spring. Learn how to make origami flowers, butterflies and other warm weather-themed characters with paper artist Yuki Martin.  Come transform an ordinary piece of paper into a three-dimensional form!

Saturday, May 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm St. Johns Library

Call this location to register for the above class.  Appropriate for K-5 and Families.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Think Inside A Box

I just made an origami diorama for a friend's anniversary, per request. When I was asked to make something inside of this beautiful black gift box, I thought, why don't I make a pair of parrots. It is most appropriate for anniversary.

Out of all kinds of parrots, I decided to make Scarlet Macaws, out of red sheets of paper. I feel very special about Scarlet Macaws, ever since I saw them in Costa Rica. I had to travel far into jungles to see these birds in wild, but it was well worth the troubles. They are the most beautiful birds I have ever seen. They are always in pairs and spend their entire lives together.

There will be a romantic message to go on the right of the box (rid).
Parrots: model creator not listed. The instructions came in an origami package (written in Japanese).
Tree: from Genuine Origami: 43 Mathematically-Based Models, From Simple to Complex, by Jun Maekawa

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Packy!

May 14th was a big day at the Oregon Zoo, where thousands of people gathered to celebrate the elephant Packy's 50th birthday!  I felt honored to be a part of such a great event.  It was a very busy day especially given the beautiful spring weather, but thanks to the zoo event staff and volunteers as well as my two former student helpers, I had a wonderful day.

Our booth was set near the birthday cakes (one for Packy's another one for zoo visitors).  The birthday cake for Packy was so funny looking, with whole carrots, celery and bananas as toppings!  It was huge, but I heard Packy chowed it down in less than a minute, so he must have enjoyed it.

A banner with birthday wishes for Packy
My booth
Zoo visitors folding elephants
Honorable Birthday Elephant, Packy