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Winter’s wonders unfold

Make paper ornaments with Anita Barbour at Kingston Library’s Origami Foldfest this Saturday

by Paul Smart
December 09, 2010 10:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Santa ornament designed by Akira Yoshizawa and Anita Barbour
Santa ornament designed by Akira Yoshizawa and Anita Barbour
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‘Tis the season for origami/fa la la la la, with Anita Barbour. Also known for the wonderful photographs of nature that she takes to accompany husband Spider’s naturalist writings in a series of popular books (and articles in Ulster Publishing’s family of newspapers), as well as her fun and cutting-edge paper-doll works, Barbour will be holding another of her popular Origami Foldfests, with an emphasis on holiday ornaments, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, December 11 at the Kingston Library. Geared for children ages 5 and up, teens and adults as well, Barbour’s classes are as fun as their teacher/facilitator, who remains a child at heart and is quick to offer up her own original designs for everyone’s use, while also pushing everyone to come up with their own folds.

Her book, Easy Origami Ornaments: a Step-by-Step Guide, has been a local hit since its publication in 2004, and her steady stream of themed origami exhibits, including “Origami from Stories and Myths” (which featured folds depicting characters from Alice in Wonderland and Aesop’s Fables) and “A Rich Fantasy Life: Origami Characters from Mythology, Story and Legend” and “Origami Dinosaurs” have also been big winners. Barbour teaches origami at Kingston Library for children, teens and adults on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 10:30 a.m.

For information on the upcoming Foldfest, which is free, call the Kingston Library, which is located at 55 Franklin Street in Midtown, at (845) 331-0507.

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