Well, all of my origami friends have blogs, so I should too, right? From Eric Gjerde’s Origami Tessellations, to Phillip Bell’s Fitful Frog, to Joel Cooper’s blog, OrigamiJoel (seriously, go check out these sites; they’re amazing), it’s become a sort of rite of passage. And I’m looking at my website thinking… man, this makes it look like it’s just a hobby. That won’t do.
I've been studying origami design seriously since 2007 and in the past 12 years, my writing ability has improved (I think), as has my ability to describe what I'm doing with the paper. So I feel like I can talk about what I feel is important to my style of origami. To boot, it occurs to me that over the past few years I’ve done a rather poor job of documenting my career in the art field, and I need to stop that. Since 2009 I've done several dozen art exhibits, a myriad of classes, collaborations, projects. I’ve attended quite a few origami conventions, worked in and/or ran three studios, sold works, and met fascinating people. There are stories there, and they should be written down somewhere.
Add in the fact that much of what I know about art is through trial and error or conversations. I never went to art school (I majored in French), and most of what I’ve learned has been through word of mouth and conversations. I've had people tell me to hide the struggles I go through for the sake of exploration because "the display of success begets success,” which I suppose is true to an extent. But in practice, I've found that way of thinking leads me to being more reserved about the process, and as a process-based artist, this is the most important part! This blog should be a place to show my results, as well as my experiments, my trials, and sometimes just to write my thoughts on the process of building an art career.
So then how often should I post? Weekly? Biweekly? I dunno, I’ll have to feel how much of a response there is and how quickly I can write. At the moment, I have a lot that’s been building up and I’ll probably write quite a few posts and schedule them out for the next few months, but after that… I honestly do not know. This will be a test of a sorts to see, well, how much I can blab, how much I have to say. I hope you enjoy the material!
Ben Parker Origami Artist
I fold paper a lot.
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