Sanja Srbljinovic Cucek: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:05:45
Yes, I felt origami changing crossroads of my life: First when I promised an exhibition to a child to keep a group around him occupied with a beautiful and intelligent toy. Result: two years of library exhibitions and workshops by adults and children, supporting one another, sharing joy of origami. Teaching became a teacher, as in
Rikki's poem :
I have practised for weeks
And my skill is in creasing, I'd say.
Also young and old that left a wokshop with a smile in their eyes made it clear to me there is more to be done.
I got excited about greatness of modern origami art, talked about it at every occasion, showing the folds I knew, talking about the artists and ideas inspiring me. The beginning of an interest, sparks of curiosity in others, a glimpse of a smile... all encouraged me to try harder. Even non-believers in origami. Had to show them, too. For them I widened my horizons in origami over my initial interest.
> How many years should I postpone my dream ... I felt that at a crucial moment when a door of a gallery opened for an origami exhibition . Krapina City Gallery, Poetry in Paper 2008. I was far from ready for it, but I gathered all the courage I had then and said yes I WILL DO IT. And was helped by many from this origami list. During the gestation of the exhibition I learned the value of "ora et labora" - work and pray. Many times it seemed everything depended on the strength of a spider's thread. An accidental encounter in the nature had a spiritual value:
A little spider
hanging on nothing
attached straight to the sky
After the exhibition I declared to my family that promoting origami shall be the road of my life. That meant that I would no more try to earn my daily bread by translating, but shall concentrate on getting people excited about origami. First shocked, they gave me wholehearted support.
Origami Art Novosti (origami art news) is the blog I write to educate and widen the horizons about origami in an area with no origami society, where a public image of origami is quite childish. In the same area, in the last few years, origami had its way into an exclusive yachting cup as an invitation, into a city theatre as a part of set design, onto a fashion runnaway as a part of an eco-dress, into the Museum of Modern Arts as a workshop and lecture accompanying Japanese culture events, was part of a lace festival....
So miracles are possible where we do what we love and believe in. Scary moments are just a part of reaching the higher level.
All the best and lots of faith and courage,