Here’s something new I take with me to schools and professional development workshops, and I just started offering in hard copy or as a download on my new ETSY shop Merch Dog. It renders:
a traditional origami figure: House,
and an origami puppet: Fox…only in this case it’s Big Bad Wolf
and a lesson in Story Structure, most especially the essential element of Conflict.
A couple of weeks ago I took Little Red with me to teach a session at the Origami USA Annual Convention, and my friend Kuniko Yamamoto threw down the gauntlet and double dog dared me to enter it in the Saturday night Oversize Folding Competition. Each team of 4 folders is given a 9′ square of paper and 45 minutes to fold it into something silly or spectacular. I told Kuniko there was no way I could enter the Oversize Folding Competition, because I don’t draw and the thought of transferring all those images onto a 9′ square of paper made my teeth hurt. She said, “I draw!” Bluff called. Kuniko, Kathy Stevick, Sherry Moman, and I were Team Riding Hood and the 5-minute farce you’ll find below is the result of our efforts, filmed by Judith Powell.
— This is how ladies of a certain age amuse themselves at origami conventions.
…and p.s.: please don’t judge my ETSY store too harshly. It’s an incremental building process, and my graphics skills come in the teensiest little bite-sized pieces. Whatever you pay your photographers, whatever you pay your graphic artists, they’re worth it!