with Shrikant Iyer
Thursday, August 8 | 5:15 PM | FREE
Join us for this storytelling session that will walk participants through the many steps required to create a work of origami in the form of a story. Origami, which is more popularly known as a traditional Japanese art, actually originated in China, according to instructor Shrikant Iyer. Historically, origami was an exclusive art reserved for wealthy individuals who could afford the cost of paper. Japanese Samurai, for example, would often exchange gifts of origami as expressions of good luck by folding a piece of dried meat or fish into the sculpture. The art of paper folding is no longer restricted by traditional bounds, and it now employs a wide array of materials and textures for more innovative creations.
Shrikant Iyer is an origami performance artist with over 15 years of experience, performing and teaching Origami through storytelling. He is also the creator of Origami Heaven, an event dedicated to spreading Japanese and Asian American culture through origami. He is New York state arts in education consultant and regularly performs at schools, libraries, museums, and children’s parties.
Shrikant has made several television appearances from the Samantha Brown show on Travel channel to Extreme Makeover home edition on ABC and Japanese public television.
Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
Join illustrator, children’s book author and PAINT YOUR WORLD artist Mickey Paraskevas as he reads from some of his most popular children's books followed by a live sketching demonstration. Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two went on to create and write the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon. Two of their other books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family.