Carnegie Fabrics Origami Event

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Last Wednesday, I was invited to a special origami event held by Carnegie Fabrics. Carnegie is a business that designs and manufactures textile. It’s pretty exciting to be in one of these beautiful offices as I don’t get that opportunity much while working as a teacher. I loved the feel as soon as I walked in – who wouldn’t be inspired by the creativity of the staff and the incredible pin boards surrounding the desks? By looking at their Pinterest page, I also discovered that some of their fabrics were inspired by origami, hence the special theme!

I wanted to attend the event for two reasons: to support my friend Jeanne, architect and jeweler, who had won the Origami Crane contest and took home with her a designer origami blanket, “Eluise” from Creation Baumann. (Congrats again!)! The other reason was to mingle and learn some new origami tricks that may possibly work with my 2nd graders.  Little did I expect such incredible food and fun though – if only I drank, that sake would have been quite perfect for “hump day!” 🙂

Here are some photos from the event!

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imageThe office had a creative, laid-back atmosphere. Boards were filled with magazines, fabrics, and anything that sparked ideas. Also, who wouldn’t love a Pac Man made out of post-its on their window?

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The Japanese inspired candy bar with Green Tea pocky sticks and plates full of sushi and vegetarian sushi were delicious! I loved the thoughtful variety of food for different types of eaters.

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This was the highlight of the night -a designer origami blanket worth over $500 for the raffle winner as well as the crane contest winner. Notice the pillows in the back? Designs were inspired by origami paper!

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Here’s the winner herself, Jeanne and her boyfriend Mark! She’s holding the winning crane, made with a different and difficult fold. Congrats, girl!

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Meet Justin West from Taro’s Origami Studio in Park Slope. He learned and did origami for the last 24 years and is now working on creating his own folds. He was the teacher during the night, so anyone was able to walk up to the table, used the iPad for origami instructions, and ask him for assistance. In his hands is his own “Game of Thrones”-inspired dragon. It was pretty wicked…

Thanks again to Jeanne for giving me an opportunity to mingle and learn so much!  Looking forward to another one of these in the near future 🙂

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