Monday, February 29, 2016

Portland Pride 2015

This is another late post... about Portland Pride in June of 2015.  I usually participate in this annual parade with Rose City Mortgage, but this time I decided to participate only by making these origami accessories in rainbow colors for the people to wear.

Paper balloon choker
Various kinds of modular flowers using
LaFosse & Alexander's Origami Flowers as a reference.
They are made into pins.
Fluted diamond garland
Traditional 16-pointed stars,
made into pendants.
Star Corona by Maria Sinayskaya
made into a pendant and a pin.
Yoshizawa butterfly, rainbow colored by my student
made into a pin
3-minute Kawasaki roses made into a pin and a hairband.
I used ばらの夢折り紙, a gift from the author as a reference.  
It was just as fun to fold these as to parade in this event!  I may have to do this again...

Hina Matsuri, Japanese Dolls Festival at Portland Japanese Garden in 2015

About a year ago, I had an opportunity to offer an origami workshop as a part of the Hina Matsuri event at Portland Japanese Garden.  I know it is an one whole year delay in posting this, but I still wanted to share this special memory on my blog.  (I blame my neglect in posting this entirely on the ease of posting on Instagram and Facebook;)

A camellia flower and the pavilion in the background.
The doll display and the event were held in the pavilion.

Origami Hina Dolls diorama
Origami Hina Dolls greeting card
A part of my display pieces
My student helper teaching some guests

The participating guests made the greeting card version of  hina dolls, like the third photo from the top.  As it was a beautiful spring day there were a lot of visitors at the garden for the event.  Thanks to my fantastic student helper we were able to pull it off.  I was ever so grateful!

The garden is currently under construction for expansion so they didn't have the Hina Matsuri event this year, but I look forward to visiting there once it reopens.  I believe this place is one of the most beautiful places in Portland, and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.