An assortment of stacked Hanabi.
In the latest 2011 annual juried issue of Letter Arts Review, 25:2, my work was pictured on page 37. The work, Hanabi, in Black and White, was a collaborative effort with an origami artist, Kathy Schilmoeller.
The Japanese word ‘hanabi’ means flower fire. These structures measure 3 by 6 inches (h x w). Kathy learned this structure at a workshop taught by origami artist, Yami Yamauchi. The structure is made from 12 individual 6 inch square, identically folded pieces of paper, which are held together by linking the folds of each paper. The structure sits comfortably in the hand and works like an interactive toy. Even though made of paper the hanabi is flexible and strong enough to turn inside out. A new design is revealed at every pause in the movement of the ring.
A career as an artist/craftsman can be a solitary endeavor. Working with others or collaboratively gives one an opportunity to share ideas, goals, and problem solve collectively. The definition of collaboration is to work jointly on an activity, especially to produce or create something. Communication is key in collaborations beginning with setting clear process goals.
After discussing the initial idea for using my calligraphic papers to make hanabi Kathy and I worked separately. Over several months Kathy brought completed hanabi to my studio to assess the success of each particular paper used. We discussed which lettering design created the most exciting hanabi and Kathy spoke about which papers folded easily. Our next goal in the project goal is to create an edition of hanabi, which will contain a legible text.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Nancy Leavitt www.nancyleavitt.com
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