Origami News &
Views June 2010
You Might Be An Artist If...
Think you're not an artist? You might be surprised. Does anything in this list sound familiar?
by Barbara Boxster
Until recently, I didn't consider my origami to be "art," and I
certainly didn't consider myself to be an artist. I couldn't
draw anything more than a stick figure if my life depended on it.
You are not content to make a plain box. You have to paint it and attach a pretty origami flower.
You make elaborate origami cards and gifts for your friends and relatives.
- You are compelled to tear restaurant placemats
into squares and fold things for everyone at the table. You leave
a crane for the waitress along with the tip. Sometimes you even
fold the tip money.
(Okay, maybe this only means you're a little obsessed, but aren't most artists obsessed with their art?)
- Your closets are overflowing with containers of
your folded models, many of them experimental new designs gone awry,
but you want to save them ...just in case.
You are seriously thinking about making your own origami paper from scratch.
And the clincher:
For me, the attraction of origami is the geometry and the transformation of the paper from two-dimensional to three-dimensional.
Then I began doing workshops at our local specialty art-supply store,
Artist and Display, where I had purchased origami paper for many years.
By spending more time there, I began getting acquainted with many local artists
and gaining more exposure to their work and materials.
I discovered I
really like artists. Artists are fun to hang out with.
You'll rarely hear terms like "shareholder value," "return on
investment," or "speed to market" when you talk to artists. They
come from a happier, more beautiful place.
The really great and amazing thing is that they welcomed me as a fellow
artist. They taught me that what I do is art and that it's worthy of
being shared and displayed.
Consider joining your local art guild. You'll make a bunch of
interesting, new friends and maybe discover new techniques and materials you can
incorporate into your folding.
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