Columbus Makes Art Presents: Origami Folding with Artist Monica Salisbury
Ohio Paper Folders hosts events and teaches a number of classes throughout the year. On Thursday, Dec. 7, artist and OPF founder Monica Salisbury will be teaching with Ohio Paper Folders at the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. Ohio Paper Folders vice president John Scully asked Salisbury some questions about her work with origami.
John: What drew you to origami?
Monica: Accessibility. The material is readily available — newspaper, magazine pages, notebook paper. I started folding at 8 when I needed to be able to find free materials.
John: What type of origami do you prefer, and why?
Monica: Designs which have multiple, repeating units. They are relaxing and exciting because often you build something with the units (modules).
John: What are some common misconceptions people usually have about origami?
Monica: The crane is believed to be a beginner design, but it isn’t. People expect themselves to be able to fold with no prior experience. They generally don’t understand the value of an origami art piece because the material is paper. Master origami artists are creating “Monets” and most of the rest of us are just weekend hobbyists.
John: What was a gratifying moment or achievement with origami?
Monica: I overheard one of last year’s scholarship recipients speaking with his father at our Centerfold convention. He said, “The only problem is, I never want to leave.” It’s wonderful to learn you have that kind of positive impact on people.
John: Who inspires you?
Monica: Japanese origami artist and author Tomoko Fuse.
John: What’s a favorite food or meal?
Monica: Marco’s cheese pizza. They make everything in house and use really good quality ingredients.
John: What is the best thing about the Columbus art scene right now?
Monica: It’s eclectic — it makes the possibilities almost endless.
John: If someone were to ask you what the “pulse” of Columbus is, what would you tell them?
Monica: Ohio State University, because so much of what happens in Columbus is reflected or influenced by what happens at the university.
Find Monica and the Ohio Paper Folders on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. Ohio Paper Folders also meets the third Sunday of every month from 1-5 p.m. at the McConnell Art Center in Worthington. To get involved, visit ohiopaperfolders.com or call 740-334-4213.
Columbus Makes Art Presents is a bi-weekly column brought to you by the Greater Columbus Arts Council – supporting art and advancing culture in Columbus. The column is a project of the Art Makes Columbus campaign, telling the inspiring stories of the people and organizations who create Columbus art. Each column will be written by a different local arts organization to give you an insiders look at how #artmakescbus.