Origami is a traditional Japanese art form. Carolyn Woody was fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time with her grandmother growing up in Hawaii. Her grandparents had emigrated from Japan and introduced origami when she was a very young child. “It was always a fun childhood pastime and one of the ways she kept me entertained.”
Carolyn’s interest in origami was rekindled after she had graduated from college in Portland and became involved with POPS (Portland Oregon Paper Shapers), the local origami club. Now she am fascinated by origami, especially with modular origami where several pieces of paper are often assembled into complex three-dimensional models.
For the Recycled Arts Festival, Carolyn is featuring her origami map shirt ornaments. The origami shirt is traditionally folded out of a single dollar bill. She decided to take this traditional origami model and scale it up in size.
Carolyn uses recycled maps to add more color and to make it more personal. “One of my customers requests an origami map shirt with the birthplace for each new grandbaby,” Carolyn reports. “The maps I use come from a variety of sources, mainly from book sales and garage sales. I have been folding these origami map shirt ornaments for years and sometimes get maps donated by total strangers!”
Think about it……if you want Carolyn to produce an original origami map for you, you can speak to her at the Festival and arrange for it! Carolyn Woody and Lunarcat Studios will be at Table #24.