In celebration of the World Origami Days, the Japan Information and Culture Center, in partnership with OrigamiUSA and the Embassy of Australia, is proud to present an exhibition of masterful origami works. This year, the JICC features local OrigamiUSA folders Sy Chen, Giang Dinh, Jim Weir, Wen-Li Lu, and Grace Kim.
Origami (折り紙) from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper," is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of the Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami.
World Origami Days is celebrated very year between October 24 and November 11. October 24 is the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), who founded the first origami group in America. She was also one of the founders of the British Origami Society and OrigamiUSA. A dynamic woman, she was delighted in the magic to be found in a piece of paper and wanted to share it with the world. November 11 is Origami Day in Japan where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace. You can learn more about World Origami Days on OrigamiUSA's website.
Premiering at the Embassy of Australia, Washington D.C., on September 15, The Art of Hiromi Ashlin showcases the works of Hiromi Ashlin, a world-renowned "ju-dan" level Japanese calligrapher and origami master. Incorporating meticulously folded Japanese papers, calligraphy painting, stippling, and washes, Ms. Ashlin's works reflect a Zen-like quietude that emerges out of highly organic environments, powerful movement, and color transitions.
Selected works will also be exhibited at the Embassy of Japan's Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), and will travel to the Australian Consulate General in New York City and Houston, Texas.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from October 26 through December 28 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.