Thanks for coming to view my paper creations. What began as a "Why Not?" idea to dabble in origami has grown into a wonderful passion for me. Whether you've purchased my work at a local art or craft show, received one of my kits as a gift, taken a class, participated in a demonstration or are a first-time visitor - welcome!
Most of the creations on this site can be customized to your specific color preferences or sized according to your desires. Feel free to contact me and I will work with you to ensure you get the perfect gift.
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Being a professional musician & engineer, I am in constant pursuit of new ways to create things and make the world a better place. I believe this is everyone's responsibility, no matter which walk of life they choose. As a lifelong artist in music and now paper, I've learned to discover inspiration from almost any source: nature; daily observations ; others' pursuits; or perhaps the simple combination of colors or a pattern that triggers 'What if?" thoughts.
I had an interest in origami throughout my life, but never took the time to explore it. In 2007, I had a business trip where I knew ahead of time that I would be secluded for a week, so I thought 'Why Not?' I got a basic origami book from the library, a pack of origami paper and began by making the traditional crane and boxes. To me, this was merely interesting – until I built my first modular ornament. When it dawned on me that I could actually build things with paper – not just tediously fold it – I was hooked. The logical engineer and the creative musician kicked in together and realized this could be a fun hobby. I've been building modular creations with paper ever since. Since 2009, my 'little hobby' has grown from a few craft shows to include art shows, workshops and teaching opportunities.
In addition to commissions for friends and customers, I generally get new insights when I am purposely quiet for some reason (not necessarily looking for ideas - they just come while working outside, sitting in the office, etc.) and when I am walking (I walk 3-4 miles per day for exercise). I've learned to jot these ideas down as soon as possible, since I never know exactly when they'll come to fruition. I pursue some ideas almost immediately while some stay on a 'Possible Do List' for a long time. I've learned not to pre-judge an idea early in the process (a sort of artistic brainstorming), since many times this idea will click and be added to my repertoire - but perhaps not for months depending how busy I am or when the ideas finally gel into something I can create.
Entering my 6th year of paper artistry, I've begun to explore additional fields of origami as well as other paper pursuits. You'll now find pages dedicated to Polish paper art (Wycinanki) as well as paper weaving creations. Plans are also in the works for Pennsylvania Dutch and German forms of folk artistry celebrated for many years around the world. Thanks for being a part of my journey!
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
Expressions Avenue Tap House 5/30/2013-5/30/2013 Reception: ()
I'll be Featured Artist at this one-of-a-kind 40-artist event. I'm offering a $15 discount for all tickets purchased through my link: Folding 4 U Tickets and a chance at a free Layered Portrati once 20 tickets have been sold! I would be honored and grateful for your support and presence at this eclectic event in Cleveland, Ohio!
Kirtland Strawberry Festival Kirtland High School 6/13/2013-6/16/2013 Reception: ()
Yearly event that benefits the Kirtland Kiwanis - who turn around and pour the money into the community - win/win! Great time to visit with the artist - stop by and visit, ask questions and enjoy the arts & crafts.
Wildwood Art & Craft Fair Wildwood Cultural Center 6/30/2013-6/30/2013 Reception: ()
Held on the grounds of the Wildwood Cultural Center, this is a fun event that always draws collectors and artisans from near and far. Most artisans will be outside, but you'll find me inside the building - stop by!
Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show Terry Macklin's 7/21/2013-7/21/2013 Reception: ()
Times: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM. Eclectic collection of both Fine Art & Craft, this show is sure to be different from any other show you've been to. Well-organized and highly publicized, this should definitely be a planned trip to see some unique creations.
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