PRM opens Folding Paper exhibit Saturday

Jan 31, 2014

An exhibit featuring the Japanese art of origami is opening in Peoria Saturday. The Peoria Riverfront Museum is showcasing Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami through April 27th. Visitors will get a chance to learn about the history of origami, how it’s changed through the years and how it’s used today.

The exhibit features 140 works by more than 50 international artists. Linda Tomoko Mihara is one of the featured artists of the exhibit and has been honing her paper folding skills since she was five. She says origami is also applied in science, math, and even fashion.

"...because origami is a very efficient way of collapsing and expanding. The medical industry uses it for heart stents. So I think there has been a lot of interest in origami principles and how that applies and answers problems for engineers and designers."

Mihara’s featured work includes a dress made using origami out of one sheet of paper. The Folding Paper exhibit that opens Saturday includes an origami-making station. There will also be a demonstration of origami folds. Former NASA scientist, Dr. Robert Lang, will have a lecture April 17th. He used computational origami to design an Eyeglass Telescope.