Sacred Shadow Self Featuring Youth Origami Artists Cole Durnwirth and Caroline Byrne

I am so excited and honored to be joined by two brilliant young artists this June at Mind Unwind Gallery!

Having the addition of their presentation and origami contribution enriches the exhibit and extends it beyond my own capacity.  The Origami Seascape emphasizes the intention behind The Sacred Shadow Self  to encourage viewers to reach deeper into themselves and remember the excitement and impassioned investigation that is inspired by the instigating sparks of our own passions.  It seems all to easy to forget that vital force of life in our busy lives.

Remembering and sharing that excitement is what I see as my job an an artist.  I feel very lucky and honored to be sharing this time and space with two brilliant young artists also inspired by origami!  Bringing together their contributions into the same wall was magical.  Enjoy!photo 4

Origami Seascape

Cole Durnwirth is a 9 year old origami artist from West Seattle.  He started folding at age 5 after he saw the documentary Between the Folds.  For this exhibit he has contributed “Albatross II” a life-sized 11 ½ foot long origami Albatross folded from one sheet of paper.  A practice sketch is also hanging.
Media:  Art paper.  Classic Origami Construction from a single sheet

Caroline Byrne lives in Seattle, is 9 years old and is in the 3rd grade.  She first became interested in origami in preschool when they made paper hats and fortune tellers.  Then in Kindergarten she was inspired by the 1,000 paper cranes project that the 3rd creates each year.  That Christmas she asked for origami paper and Santa delivered.  Caroline has been experimenting with origami ever since.  Her favorite thing about origami is seeing a flat piece of paper turn into a piece of art.  Her contribution to this installation are sea anemones.  This origami is her own creation and was inspired by origami chrysanthemums.  Caroline also loves experimenting with many different types of materials to create unique works of art.  She hopes to be an artist when she grows up.
Media: Art paper.  Modular Origami Construction with 10, 8 and 6 interlocking sheets.

Karah Pino became interested in origami in the 4th grade when she learned to make boxes at school.  That Christmas she and her family did a factory line, making 100’s of boxes out of old Christmas cards.  After graduating art school in 1998, she began to teach Origami as part of an after school program and was challenged by the excitement of the kids to learn more to teach them.  Her love of origami comes from her enjoyment of mathematics, geometry and engineering expressed in art.  Her contribution to the Origami Wall is a free formed Cloud Maker which produces a cloud shape in its shadow.

You are  invited to appreciate the Origami Seascape through the entire month of June at Mind Unwind Gallery in West Seattle.  Meet the Origami Artists during Artwalk on June 13th from 5-7pm during the Youth Origami Invitational.

By Karah Pino

A versatile communicator, critical thinker and far sighted problem solver. Trained in creative thinking with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art including Metalwork, Multimedia Sculpture and Digital Design. Earned a clinical Master’s degree in East Asian Medical Practices and Principles such as holistic creativity and nature based systems. Trained in shamanism, trauma recovery, naturopathy and indigenous wisdom through Navajo Wisdom Keeper Patricia Anne Davis, learning the Indigenous Ceremonial Change Process for wellness restoration and harmonious living.

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