Got origami?by Carolyn Classen on Feb. 04, 2010, under Arts, Life
M Craig teaches origami to all ages on the 1st Saturdays of the month at Dao’s Tai Pan restaurant, 446 N. Wilmot Rd. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. She is a lovely Black/Japanese American artist who has a passion for the paper folding art, being the co-founder of the Tucson Origami Club.
M has conducted origami lectures and workshops throughout the Southern Arizona community, including: the Tucson Children’s Museum, Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa, Tucson Botanical Gardens, The Oasis Institute of Adult Education for Tucson Medical Center, Green Valley Recreational Centers, and the Pima County public library.
According to M: “Origami has applications in art, mathematics, language arts, social skills and science. Students, teachers, engineers, scientists & artists love the the process of exploring the secrets hidden within the depths of a single square of paper.”
As an artist she also does portraits of people and dogs, some on Mexican ceramic tiles, so check out her website at http://mcraigart.net/default.aspx.
The next meeting of the Tucson Origami Club (and a newly formed Tucson Japanese Culture and Origami Meetup Group) is on Saturday February 6th. Contact info: 520-331-0602, email: email@example.com. Learning to fold valentines will be the highlight for Saturday!
Being Japanese American I too grew up learning origami, and a few years ago folded 100 gold paper cranes for my aunt Kinuyo (“Kay”) Sugiyama when she turned 100 years old. But her children and grandchildren folded 1000 for her birthday celebration!