OrigamiUSA 2018, Day 1

Imagine hundreds of Origami designs covering rows and rows of tables:  animals, insects, people, flowers, plants, and modular forms.  This was the incredible exhibit at the OrigamiUSA 2018  Convention – Day 1, St. John’s University, Queens, New York.

 

I gasped, oohed and aahed in awe of the dedicated Origami design creators’ and folders’  works in the exhibition.  Multiple times throughout the day, I stopped by the exhibit to study the folding techniques or just to admire the works.

 

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The rest of the day was taken up with Origami classes.  To mention a few of my favorite classes:  folding a Kami Sleeve was fun.  The Kami Sleeve was designed to protect Origami papers.  The two-sided basket I folded for candies and what-nots was quite delicate.  I loved the multi-colored, eight crane modular mandala I folded which was  taught by a 17-year-old!

Origami Snowflake 6.23.2018

Origami Snowflake 6.23.2018

All of these Origami classes required quite a bit of concentration and dexterity…even if I was only a “low-intermediate” folder.

Since I was a “First Timer,” many people gifted me models they had made to swap with other folders.  I was surprised and delighted with these unexpected presents.

Jean, an Origami expert, teacher and OrigamiUSA Convention attendee for the past thirty-three years gave me a magnificent snowflake she folded.

I will always treasure this beautifully folded work!

 

 

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A Graceful Swan

The graceful swan appeared on Jerry’s Pond about a month ago.  That morning,

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Swan near Jerry’s Pond

I watched as it glided silently through the water and slid onto the bank.

Then, the swan struck a pose so passersby could admire its beautiful feathers.

It seemed the ducks and  Canadian geese gave it a wide berth.

Looking for Origami swans online, I was surprised to find many different designs.

An easy set of Origami swan instructions, I mangled with a cartoonish elongated necked bird and hastily disposed of the paper creature.

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Origami Swan 5.20.2018

Here is the result of another swan design which turned out rather clunky and almost cubist in shape.

Oh well…what can one expect…it has been ages since I folded.

I need a more work-life balance so I too can swim calmly  through the waters of life devoting more time to  learning Origami.

Clambake 7/22/2017

Clambake on Cabbage Island, Maine

Have you ever wanted to try a traditional New England clambake?

Lobster Wrapped in Seaweed 7.22.2017

Lobster Wrapped in Seaweed 7.22.2017

A clambake usually includes lobster and clams along with sweet corn, potatoes, onion and an egg.

These are wrapped in seaweed, covered with a brown tarp and steamed in an open fire pit.

The hard-boiled egg is used to determine when the bake is done.

 

You can travel to picturesque Boothbay Harbor, Maine, then on to Cabbage Island by boat to enjoy a great New England clambake.

The Bennie Alice departs from Boothbay Harbor to take you to Cabbage Island daily.

Boothbay Harbor, ME 7.22.2017

Boothbay Harbor, ME 7.22.2017

Bennie Alice Boat 7.22.2017

Bennie Alice Boat 7.22.2017

Boothbay Lighthouse 7.22.2017

Boothbay Lighthouse 7.22.2017

Cabbage Island is lovely with beautiful sea views.  Select to eat on outdoor picnic benches or under a large covered shed.

A badminton net stretches across a lawn and a bean-bag toss game is available for energetic visitors.  Pretty flowers dot the landscape.

Cabbage Island Flowers 7.22.2017

Cabbage Island Flowers 7.22.2017

Start with the hot clam chowder.  Then, relish freshly caught lobsters and vegetables topped off with delicious, Maine blueberry cake.

Clambake Tray 7.22.2017

Clambake Tray 7.22.2017

Play some games or pet one of the Cabbage Island’s huge Maine Coon cats.

Here is Nugs taking a cat-nap in a shady spot after lunch.

Nugs Napping 7.22.2017

Nugs Napping 7.22.2017

One of the cooks said that Nugs is actually an excellent mouse catcher.  This inspired me to fold a Hunting Origami Cat.

Hunting Cat 7.23.2017

Hunting Cat 7.23.2017

More or Less a Giraffe

This was a challenging Origami Giraffe design for many reasons.

Origami Giraffe 7.9.2017

Origami Giraffe 7.9.2017

The YouTube instruction video was not clear on how to fold the animal’s neck and ears.

And, there were many folds to shape these areas.

Thus, I decided to improvise and just turned the paper inward to form  the giraffe’s body.

I also felt rushed with folding this evening and lacked concentration.

The paper pattern with large brown splotches was not quite right for a giraffe but it was all I had.

Maybe I’ll try this design again when I have more time.

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Awful Origami Lion

“OK, you can fold this Origami Lion,” I thought, studying the YouTube picture.

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I failed to take serious note that it was designed by an expert and folded by an expert.

After two hours of struggling to make my fingers manipulate the paper to this lion shape, I gave up with the result below.

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Doesn’t it look rather like a partially emaciated bloodhound with a tongue half out of it’s mouth?

“What a monstrous Origami creature,” I muttered to myself then, tossed the thing into the trash.

 

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Hopping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Wow, an Origami Kangaroo!  It doesn’t look that hard, does it?

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

There are four paws, head and long tail.

Ha, it took me 1 1/2 hours to fold — with two five minute stretching breaks.

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

This was easily an intermediate model and I was clearly out of my comfort zone.

My neck and back began to hurt with the tension and concentration of folding.

The breaks from folding were an absolute necessity.

At one point, I almost abandoned folding this model.

I’m glad I didn’t.

Sometimes, it is good to challenge oneself with a more advanced fold.

 

 

Goat and Milk 6.17.2017

A Goat Story

An email arrived yesterday describing a new Origami Goat YouTube tutorial.  The lovely design, by Peterpaul Forcher, captured my interest immediately.

Goat 6.17.2017

Goat 6.17.2017

The goat made me think of dear Uncle Rudy who passed a few years ago.

When Uncle Rudy was a youngster, growing up in Trinidad & Tobago, he had an incredible business idea.

He saved money from odd jobs until he could buy a goat.  Then, he sold the goat’s milk which was far more nutritious than cow’s milk and highly desired.

Every morning before school, he would milk the goat and sell it in the village.   Soon he had enough money to buy multiple goats and expand his business thereby helping to provide for his family.

Goat and Milk 6.17.2017

Goat and Milk 6.17.2017

Uncle Rudy finished high school and won a scholarship to study Pharmacy in Canada.  He saved just enough funds to pay for passage on a freighter and with one small suitcase set out for the interior of Canada.

Catching rides overland, Uncle Rudy made his way to the university.  He worked at night to support himself, and studied during the day – often falling asleep in class due to exhaustion.  His fellow students pitched in to provide him with Winter clothing.

Eventually, Uncle Rudy earned his pharmaceutical degree.  He would go on to become a doctor and then a much beloved orthopedic surgeon in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Origami Goat took me over an hour to fold.  While the instruction video is excellent, be forewarned;  the folding is quite extensive.