Tinygami Artist Stacie Tamaki Headed to Paper Circle March 14

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On Saturday, March 14, Paper Circle (35 West Columbus Street) in Nelsonville will host nationally recognized “tinygami” origami artist Stacie Tamaki in the first of their entirely free Art in the Afternoon events. The event will include an artist talk and a folding presentation and will take place 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Tamaki learned how to make paper cranes from her maternal grandmother, who passed away when Tamaki was only 10 years old. Tamaki has continued to fold beautiful miniature origamis, including intricate paper cranes, throughout her adult life, becoming a full-time artist in 2014. Now based out of Greenville, MI, Tamaki continues to make miniature origami creations that she hopes will inspire viewers to consider the small, meaningful moments in every life. You can find her Etsy shop here and her Patreon page right here.

The series that she is bringing to Paper Circle is made up of 7,000 paper cranes and three framed shadow box pieces, all themed “Acceptance,” which was one of the premises for her entries to international art competition and festival ArtPrize several years ago. This piece in particular is intended to spark conversation about the generational trauma and racism that Tamaki and her family faced in the aftermath of her family’s internment alongside thousands of other Japanese-Americans during World War II, and how we, like Tamaki’s family, can work to understand, accept, and maybe even love those who are hateful.