The 2014 Origami By Children Exhibit will be displayed at Westfield Memorial Library (in the display case near the new books section of the library) from now through Oct. 31. For more than two decades, OrigamiUSA has sponsored Origami by Children, an annual exhibition of outstanding origami by children from around the world. Children under the age of 18 are invited to submit origami models that they folded for the exhibit. Only the best of chosen to become part of the exhibit.
Most of the origami models are made from instructions found in books but some are original creations designed by the children themselves. For the third consecutive year, the exhibit features Westfield student Fiona Gillespie. Fiona, currently a Westfield High School sophomore, contributed “Corolla," a modular origami piece created from many individual units interlocked together into a floral design. This model was created by Meenakshi Mukerji.
Fiona’s interest in origami began when she was about 5 years old. Through the years, she has shared her love of folding casually with her friends and classmates by both teaching them how to fold and giving her origami models to them as gifts. More recently, she has taught origami to Brownie Girl Scouts through her Girl Scout troop’s service project. Currently she is a mentor for the MORE After School class on “Paper and Origami Exploration”.
OrigamiUSA is a non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to teaching and promoting origami in the US and around the world. Based in New York City, OrigamiUSA runs folding sessions throughout the year as well as an annual convention which draws origami enthusiasts from around the world.