These are some faces of the Latin presence at the OUSA 2008 origami convention held in New York City, June 28-30, 2008. The expressions of generous smiles and the concentration of folders in action says everything about what this convention gives to its participants.
Clockwise from the top left corner: Lupita Martinez (Mexico), Fernando Villaruel, (Mexico), Patricia Ruiz (Mexico), Millie Richardson (Puerto Rico/USA), Leyla Torres (Colombia/USA), Elvia Izquierdo (Mexico), Leticia Cruz (Mexico), Antonio José Vargas (Colombia).
Distant Young Participants from Querétaro, México
In May of 2008, Mariana Cardoso Sanjurjo (15 years) and Paola Cardoso Sanjurjo (9 years), from the Municipality of Villa Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico, received recognition for their works of origami from Origami USA. Their models, along with those of many other talented young and adult folders, were exhibited at the annual Origami USA convention held at the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York City in June.
The model folded by Mariana for this exhibition as titled Llopio’s Moment of Truth (originally created by the British folder Neal Elias). This model represents a bullfighter and a bull. Both the bull and bullfighter are folded from a single square piece of paper without using scissors or glue.
The model submitted by Paola is made of five modular rings (originally created by Italian folder Paolo Bascetta), representing the Olympic rings.
For more than two decades, OrigamiUSA has sponsored Origami by Children, an annual exhibition of outstanding origami by children from around the world. Every year children are invited to submit their best folded models; either their own creations or the designs of others. The finest of these are selected to become the Origami By Children exhibit for that year. During the year the exhibit travels to the communities of the various participants where it is displayed in local schools and libraries.
Congratulations to Mariana and Paola for their participation and commendation!