Temporary Exhibit & Artists' Talk: Origami

Ancient Techniques, Modern Interpretations & Innovations in Origami

Lisa Corfman, and Wensdy Whitehead currently have an exhibit of their Origami art on display at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. It can be viewed in our forwardmost gallery, adjacent to our front door, through Friday, September 4, 2015, just before Labor Day weekend.

My first week at the Museum was a blur; I was doing my best to absorb all I could from my predecessor in our three days of overlap. I have no clear memory of it happening, but origami artists Corfman and Whitehead tell me that that was the week that they—and their friend and colleague, Helen Moy—delivered to another of our departed colleagues at the Museum the samples of their interesting work that are currently on display.

Should you choose to visit and view their exhibition in our forwardmost gallery space, adjacent to our front door, you’ll find examples of traditional origami as well as work using non-traditional, non-paper materials—including computer floppy disk media—origami miniatures, a large format, mixed media origami sculpture, as well as charcoal drawings and the painting pictured below.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Corfman and Ms. Whitehead and discussing their work. They will be delivering a talk about origami on Thursday evening, August 27th, in our main gallery.

Ms. Corfman, a multi-media artist, will offer up a brief history of origami, narrate a slideshow of her interpretive charcoal drawings of origami art, and discuss ways in which she has innovated in origami to extend the traditional artform.

Ms. Whitehead will discuss non-paper folding materials—some of which are are featured in the current exhibit—wet-folding techniques, which is an innovation of modern origami that introduces natural curves to the straight folds, and two of her own design technique innovations, which she calls “Shovel Folding” and “Heart Transplant.” - Shovel Folding she describes as a quick way of thinking about a subset of “box-pleated” design; Heart Transplant she describes as a type of “crease pattern grafting,” but easily accessible without in-depth understanding of grafting design. - These topics explore innovations in origami since World War II.

 Miniature fish AND photo credit: Wensdy Whitehead

Miniature fish AND photo credit: Wensdy Whitehead

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 6:00pm - Doors open, guests begin to arrive
  • 6:30pm - Guests are seated; the Talk begins
  • 7:15pm - The Talk ends, followed by a brief Question & Answer period.

The Museum will remain open for visitation and conversation until 8:00pm.

The public is invited to join us on Thursday evening to hear this talk on the ancient techniques, modern techniques, and recent innovations in Origami. Admission is free (a donation is encouraged). Light refreshments will be served.