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Origami: Beginners Workshop

Origami with Michael LaFosse

Figge Conservatory

Feb 11, 10:00am
Figge Conservatory 10:00am
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Origami: Beginner's Workshop

Part of The Baker Museum Lecture Series

Michael LaFosse

This beginners’ workshop will include an introduction about the art of origami. Projects will include the folding of simple plants, flowers and a butterfly. The number of projects will depend upon the length of the workshop and the size and ability of the group.  Beginners aged eight or younger should be accompanied by an adult.

The advanced workshop (2pm at the Naples Botanical Garden) will include a brief introduction about our history as origami artists and paper makers. Projects will include one flower and one butterfly. Participants should already be able to fold the traditional origami crane.

Michael LaFosse

Michael G. LaFosse

Michael G. LaFosse has been working for over forty years as an origami artist and paper sculptor. Trained as a biologist, he finds his strongest inspiration in the natural world, preferring to study his subjects in their natural habitats. He credits the work of the late Japanese Origami Grand Master, Akira Yoshizawa, for leading the way, exploring nature and finding creative expression in origami art. In 1996, Michael and Richard Alexander co-founded the Origamido Studio, a teaching center, gallery, origami design and papermaking studio. Together, they design original origami sculptures, and then make their own custom, handmade paper for each new creation. Their works have graced museums worldwide, including the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris; the Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona; the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida; Hangar 7 (Red Bull) in Salzburg, Austria; the Peabody Essex Museum in  Salem, Massachusetts; the Mingei Museum in San Diego, California; and at their own, Origami Do Experience—Waikiki, besides other traveling exhibitions, including Origami in the Garden. They also design folded commercial art to draw attention to customers’ websites, printed pieces, tangible advertising, and for ads seen on TV. Their retail window installations have delighted passersby in upscale stores such as Hermes of Paris and Saks Fifth Avenue. Together, they have authored over 70 books and kits about origami and paper arts.


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