For almost 1900 years masters taught their students the techniques and designs of origami by demonstrating the same models they had learned. At the beginning of the 20th century, only some 150 origami models existed. Today, thanks to several inventive and generous artists, there are thousands of models being folded worldwide. PAPER TRANSFORMED: ORIGAMI honored one of these generous artists, acclaimed local paper folder, author and teacher Florence Temko. Her extensive collection of books and articles about paper, paper folding and origami objects are in the Museum’s Frances Hamilton White Art Reference Library. Nearly 100 examples of traditional and contemporary paper folding were on view, curated by V’Ann Cornelius, Museum staff member and Vice-president of OrigamiUSA.
Two videos played in the Museum throughout the exhibition:
Origami Masterworks, a documentary featuring the 2003 Mingei International origami exhibition
On Origami, featuring world-renowned origami masters
Collection Source: Mingei International Museum
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.