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Sanja Srbljinovic Cucek - Croatia

Turned to origami art in my early fourties, in 2005, after visiting exhibition Masters of Origami in Salzburg. Promoting origami art became my passion and some years later even my mission. In 2008, I set the first origami art exhibition in Croatia with international origami masters "Poetry in Paper“. On my way to bring together local origami talents, initiated origami art shows, took part in various art and science promoting events, which led to founding Croatian Origami Society in 2012. I write a blog Origami Art Novosti, run Croatian Origami Society, publish and exhibit my origami works both home and abroad. Graduated in English Language and Literature, at University of Zagreb in 1986. Member of the British Origami Society since 2007, President of the Croatian Origami Society since 2012. Taking part in the Mujeres de Papel project.

Zelimir Zlatic - Croatia

Zelimir Zlatic is a chemical technician from Zagreb, Croatia. His first introduction with origami was in the mid-1980's, throught a book by Dragutin Gerić “Origami - the art of paper folding“. After few decades of practising classical origami he discovered an origami book that opened the door towards modern paperfolding, „Origami Tessellation: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs“. Playing with folded pleats he discovered new forms to use them later as rythmically repeated motifs or tessellation molecules.

In 2010s, after a periond of learning and interpreting other autors ideas, Zlatic took courage and started to develop his ideas to create his own designs.

Since 2015, he became a member of Croatian origami society (Hrvatsko origami društvo) and since 2017 a member of american association OrigamiUSA.

In last 2 years he was an author on exhibitions held in Croatia, in the city of Samobor, Rijeka and Zagreb. Zlatic was a demonstrator on Origami workshops organised for kids in Narodno Sveučilište Sesvete, Zagreb and a participant in manifestations of popularization of science called Znanstveni piknik in Zagreb and Rijeka and Open day of Institute Ruđer Bošković, a manifestation organised in Institute Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb. Zlatic was also a participant in manifestation Days of Japanese culture held in Zagreb and in 40th International Book Fair and Teaching School called Interliber in Zagreb.

Oriol Esteve Gracia - Spain

Born in Barcelona, 1972. Started to fold since child, very fond of traditional origami. In 2013, with Enrique Martinez and Joel Garcia Moix, created the OAS (Origami Always Succeed), a quick creative origami group for social challenges in public places. With OAS, started to design own origami models. Designs usually published in "La pajarita" (spanish origami association). Also in convention books like Tanteidan, Origami USA or collections books like Drawing Origami 2. Interested in intermediate level models. Animals of the wood and jungle. Expression before realism.

Lisa B. Corfman - USA

Image of Lisa at an art fair

Born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, Lisa B. Corfman works as a mixed-media origami artist, with origami (the art of paperfolding) serving as the connection between multiple mediums.

Fondly recalling praise for her art skill throughout her youth, this support inspired Lisa's deep love for the visual arts. Whether Lisa is creating, teaching or entertaining with her origami art form, Lisa wants to meet the needs of others with her unique skillset.

In Lisa's early study of art history, the pointillist work (a technique using painted dots rather than strokes) created by Georges Seurat and titled "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," particularly intrigued her. She feels studying art history is essential to forming a sophisticated voice as an artist. Lisa is now very interested in origami history and enjoys recognizing pioneers in the field.

In 1999, Lisa graduated from Acton Boxborough Regional High School, and matriculated to Endicott College in Beverly, MA where she would receive her BFA. There she took a full range of art classes, from studio arts, to education, to graphic design to art therapy; this pushed Lisa to become a well-rounded art professional. The career path to success was not easy. Art and the healing origami crane helped her before, during and after tough times, giving Lisa a story to tell.

At Endicott, Lisa found her direction. When studying under Professor Barbara Burgess-Maier, Lisa refined her drawing skills becoming exceptionally good at charcoal drawing; Burgess-Maier said “Draw what you love,” so the charcoal drawing of origami series was born. Lisa became a poet under Professor Dan Sklar; Sklar said “Write anything!” at a poetry slam, so Lisa began crafting poetry about things important to her. Origami was one of them. More valuable undergraduate mentors helping Lisa find her career came from Professor Tali Silver, Professor David Bader and Dean Mark Towner. The interest in origami grew on her, and today all of Lisa’s art forms revolve around origami. Although Lisa found the process of becoming an established artist to be rocky, Lisa knew origami was her rock, a concrete ability. Lisa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2004.

The following poetic words provide historic perspective.

By the sea, OR
In the basement before tea
Whenever and wherever inspiration may be"

"By the sea" refers to Lisa’s seaside education at Endicott College where the first four charcoal drawings of origami were created during the Spring of 2004; a fifth transitional piece referred to in the above poem as "OR" marked the change from college to professional work. That 5th charcoal artwork featured origami master Michael LaFosse's Horseshoe Crab, drawn at his studio, Origamido, then in Haverhill, MA. Michael is the greatest inspiration to Lisa’s career. Lisa may have been subconsciously thinking of him and his role model, Yoshizawa Akira, when she wrote the following poem in August 2004 as she started a job as a live-in aide for a grandmother figure:

"This is it
My hope for time
The crossing of generations
My hope for many rhymes"

The ritual of "In the basement before tea" began in August 2004. The deeper meaning of verse was a place reviving Lisa's poetry and inspiring the many 18” by 24” charcoal drawings to come. Even though Lisa relocated to a place without a basement where tea is not served at dinnertime and doing art at other times of day is normal, the general poem still has metaphoric implications. With a fold, a poem, fine jewelry, a drawing, and so much more, origami is Lisa’s passionate place to inspire.

In May 2014 she attained her Advanced Certificate in Marketing from Dowling College in NY. This training helped Lisa strengthen her business skills including the act of developing and building her website, www.RockyArtsUnfolded.com.

Lisa’s business, Rocky Arts Unfolded has a philosophy to differentiate itself by embracing the term “disabled.” DISABLED is an acronym for ‘Determined Individuals Striving and Beating Limitations Encountered Daily.’ Rocky Arts Unfolded believes that we all begin by feeling disabled, similar to an untouched rock. To become a polished rock, we move from ‘finding’ the rock by the sea, ‘struggling’ to understand it and starting to sculpt its form so this rock can ‘blossom’ into perfection. This process results in the power to ‘amaze’ with our metaphoric rock.

Lisa carefully wrote her company’s mission: Rocky Arts Unfolded® aims to enable artists and non-artists alike to blossom with a secure ‘rock’ of achievement. Together, we embrace paper’s wonders through origami goods and services. With our ecosystem of paperfolding options, we bring out the wonder, help you find your rock and provide environments for growth. It's the origami place!

Marc Kirschenbaum - USA

Marc Kirschenbaum is a leading American origami artist who has been active with the art form since the 1970’s. He has developed hundreds of designs, covering a wide range of subjects. These works have appeared in over fifty books that he has either authored or contributed to. Kirschenbaum’s pieces have been shown in major origami exhibitions (including the American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian, Mingei International Museum, and Hangar-7), small and sheik SoHo shows, and even a private exhibition at the prestigious National Arts Club. He also gives back to the origami community through his volunteer efforts at OrigamiUSA, a premiere international origami organization, in both capacities as a Director and Chair of the Publications Committee.

Edmund Liang - USA

17 year old folder from San Francisco, California. Other hobby is video games. Currently attends school at UC Santa Cruz.

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