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.
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TAKEOVER! GALLERIES ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED - CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. TAKEOVER 2020! artists include Jodi Bentivegna, Michael Butler, Isadora Capraro, Franco Cuttica, Esly Escobar, Melinda Hackett, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Dinah Maxwell Smith, Miles Partington, and Kerry Sharkey-Miller Back by popular demand with 10 new artists-in-residence! For ten weeks in the winter of 2020 Southampton Arts Center will once again hand over its galleries to ten East End artists, each with an assigned space to set up a “pop-up” studio. Completed works will be installed and the artists will have scheduled weekly studio time in the galleries from Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM to create new works in a wide variety of mediums. A schedule will be posted online each week so the public can plan visits accordingly. This gives guests the opportunity to visit repeatedly to view the progress of new works. It is both encouraged and anticipated that the TAKEOVER! artists will also collaborate organically during the course of their residencies. TAKEOVER 2020! is sponsored by Ingrid Arneberg with additional support from the Long Island Community Foundation. Public funding provided by Suffolk County.