I might have told this story already so if you have heard it before feel free to skip right to today’s art!
Origami Bird, tissue
When I was about 12 years old I was sent to my room – punishment for talking back to my mother. My mom didn’t realize that in my room was an origami book I borrowed from the library, so I spent the afternoon making my first origami animals from a brown paper bag that I found.
Origami Wolf, tissue
Sassing my mother might not have been the smartest thing I ever did, but it is responsible for the beginning of a lifelong love for and fascination with paper arts, including origami. Heck, maybe my mother KNEW the book was there and hoped it would shift my pre-teen-moody-blues!
Origami Reindeer, tissue
At one point in my life I owned more than 50 origami books and folding was a daily practice. I haven’t folded in many years (though now that I am a grandmother that may change) but I continue to be fascinated by traditional and contemporary paper folding.
The animals above were all folded using plain white tissues
When I saw this video of origami animals made with tissues I was mesmerized. An advertisement for a tissue company, the video also showcases brilliant stop-motion animation. Enjoy!
via Laughing Squid
I smiled broadly when long time DAM reader (who happens to be an awesome ceramic artist) Alice Simpson commented “Inspiring issue!” on Facebook about the December issue of MAM.
Ditto when Sue McNenly (love her metal clay vignettes) sent an email saying:
“Susan….I can’t even put into words how much I love this magazine. Thank you for doing it. Sooooo inspiring, and I love the tutorial and the artist residency updates.”
Check out the multi-page spread on Thaumatropes
And this from polymer clay artist and dear friend Tracy Holmes:
“This beautifully curated and presented collection of Lovely Things was welcome, overwhelming, humbling… perfect.”
There were many more emails. . .but I’ll save them for another day.
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