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Etsy Design Award Finalist

Etsy Design Award Finalist

This autumn I got an email letting me know that my product submission for the Etsy Design Awards had made it to the finals of the competition.  At first I was skeptical, and thought the email was a phishing scam, but when I re-read it I realized it was real! I could not believe it! I had honestly forgotten about my submission, and I couldn't even recall the category I had submitted for.   I was reminded with the email that it was the Kids category that I submitted for and am a finalist for. I was beyond excited, but also very reserved...

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Podcast Interview

Podcast Interview

So excited and nervous to announce that Danielle’s podcast interview with me is now live! You can find it on your favorite podcast player or here through The Merriweather Council Website.  If you’ve ever wondered what I really went to school for, this is your chance to learn the truth! I’ll give you a hint - it wasn’t to study origami! I’ve experienced first hand the twists and turns that life can take, and the joy you have and challenges you face when you choose to do something that you love.Be sure to check out this episode of The Merriweather Council Podcast! The episode...

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How The Timeless Crane Began and Where It's Going

How The Timeless Crane Began and Where It's Going

How I Got Started Making Mobiles: History of Origami and My Introduction to Origami and Mobiles Origami is often defined as the art of folding paper to create three-dimensional figures of animals, people, objects, and shapes. The Japanese word “origami” is a combination of the verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper).  My dad taught me how to fold a paper boat when I was 6, and I remember playing with my paper boats in the glorious puddle that formed in front of our home after every rainstorm. I didn't realize at the time that this was my first experience...

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Not Quitting on Origami

Not Quitting on Origami

  The Impossible Origami Squirrel Folding complex models always gets me thinking about a squirrel I once tried to fold as a child. I remember struggling to follow the instructions, and not understanding what I was supposed to do. I had recently learned how to fold the paper crane and I was all excited about origami, so I had checked out an origami book from my local library.it was a book by John Montroll, an origami master and mathematician (I wouldn't recommend any of his books for someone who's just learning origami). I ended up giving up and returning the book without being...

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