The 2012 Origami By Children Exhibit, a traveling origami exhibit sponsored by OrigamiUSA, will be displayed at the Westfield Memorial Library (in the display case near the new books section of the library) during the month of January 2013.
This exhibit showcases impressive origami folded by children from around the world. Children under the age of 18 are invited to submit origami models. Only the best are chosen to become part of the exhibit. Most of the origami models are made from instructions found in books but some are original creations designed by the children themselves.
This year, the exhibit features two Westfield students, Mark and Fiona Gillespie. Mark, a high school junior, contributed a “fractal flower”, a layered flower folded from a single sheet of paper. The “fractal flower” was designed by Roman Diaz, a well known origami designer. Fiona, a 7th grader, contributed an “icosahedron ribbon ball”, a modular origami piece, which is made from 16 feet of ribbon using the “snapology” technique developed by Heniz Strobl, another well known origami designer.
OrigamiUSA is a non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to teaching and promoting origami in the US and around the world. Based in New York City, OrigamiUSA runs folding sessions throughout the year as well as an annual convention which draws origami enthusiasts from around the world.