Origami LAFF (Lyric Arts Folding Fest)

Origami LAFF (Lyric Arts Folding Fest) usually meets on the third Saturday each month at the Nanini Branch public library, from 1 to 4 PM. The next meeting is today, December 18 in their small meeting room. The library is 7400 N Shannon Road (north of Ina Rd.), phone 520-594-5365.

origami coyote

We have an informal meeting where ideas are shared and models are taught. This meeting is free and open to the public. We encourage you to bring models you might like to teach, or just share with others.

You can see pictures of Origami LAFF meetings on their web

Today’s host is paper artist Mary Ellen Palmeri. Click on her name to see her other beautiful paper creations, including the one below. Origami can even be made featuring Southwest themes, not just Japanese ones. She can be reached at

I am a member of the Tucson Japanese Culture & Origami Meetup Group which meets over on the eastside in Tucson at Dao’s Tai Pan Restaurant (446 N. Wilmot Rd.), so this NW location is terrific for the folks who live over there.

Enjoy origami!

origami & mixed media desert scene by artist Mary Ellen Palmeri

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Got origami?

origami club meeting, courtesy of M Craig

origami club meeting, courtesy of M Craig

M Craig teaches origami to all ages on the 1st Saturdays of the month at Dao’s Tai Pan restaurant, 446 N. Wilmot Rd. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. She is a lovely Black/Japanese American artist who has a passion for the paper folding art, being the co-founder of the Tucson Origami Club.

M has conducted origami lectures and workshops throughout the Southern Arizona community, including: the Tucson Children’s Museum, Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa, Tucson Botanical Gardens, The Oasis Institute of Adult Education for Tucson Medical Center, Green Valley Recreational Centers, and the Pima County public library.

According to M: “Origami has applications in art, mathematics, language arts, social skills and science. Students, teachers, engineers, scientists & artists love the the process of exploring the secrets hidden within the depths of a single square of paper.”

As an artist she also does portraits of people and dogs, some on Mexican ceramic tiles, so check out her website at

The next meeting of the Tucson Origami Club (and a newly formed Tucson Japanese Culture and Origami Meetup Group) is on Saturday February 6th. Contact info: 520-331-0602, email: Learning to fold valentines will be the highlight for Saturday!

origami craneBeing Japanese American I too grew up learning origami, and a few years ago folded 100 gold paper cranes for my aunt Kinuyo (“Kay”) Sugiyama when she turned 100 years old. But her children and grandchildren folded 1000 for her birthday celebration!

M Craig folding origami, courtesy of M

M Craig folding origami, courtesy of M