The Art of Origami

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Peace Sphere 1994, by Linda Tomoko Mihara. 18 cranes, one sheet of paper, no glue. Photo courtesy of Linda Tomoko Mihara.

The Art of Origami

Linda Tomoko Mihara
June 25, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Zoom Webinar
$15 per person Society members; $20 per person non-members. Advance registration must be received by the SAA by Jun. 18, 2021.

Advance registration is now closed. If you would like to do late registration for this program, please email the SAA Office Manager. Late registration fees are $20 per person Society members and $30 per person non-members.

Origami, the Japanese tradition of paper folding, derives from “ori,” to fold, and “kami,” paper. One sheet of paper can be folded into a myriad of shapes and figures.

Linda Tomoko Mihara will examine the history of paper folding, whose roots can be traced to Chinese and Moorish cultures. Next, she will focus on how Japan was able to elevate this into a major art form. Contemporary artists are pushing the traditional art form of origami to a new level. Linda will showcase several of these sculptural forms, which are on display at her family’s store, Paper Tree in San Francisco’s Japantown. She will also demonstrate the folding of her own original designs. Participants will then have a chance to fold origami objects from plain white paper.

Elevate your understanding of origami and improve your technical expertise by allowing this accomplished artist to educate you.

A San Francisco native and sansei or third-generation Japanese American, Linda Tomoko Mihara began her lifelong origami journey at age five. Her grandfather, Tokinobu Mihara, authored two early books in English on origami in the 1950s. Linda has won awards for her designs of complex origami art. They include the Peace Sphere, a three dimensional sphere of 18 cranes folded from a single sheet of paper. Her inspiration comes from origami techniques dating from the 18th century. Her designs and paper sculpting works have been featured in commercials for Mitsubishi motors, Visa, Chanel, and Hermès. Her origami enterprise, the Paper Tree, now in its 53rd year, has been designated a San Francisco Legacy Business.


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