I am a fulltime origami artist

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So much has changed in the past 9 months since I last posted. For one thing the studio is done. Almost. Just a few touches that will wait until spring when I can do some staining outside, or at the very least with the windows open. For now I’ve been working away creating Tinygamis each day, hosting the folding club each month, and trying to figure out how to transition from creating a business to running one that has now made the leap from a “someday” goal to happening now!

Earlier this month a video was released online that appears to have been the tipping point that I have been working towards, not just the past few years since arriving in Michigan, but really all the way back to the mid 90’s when I first became self employed.

My journey on the road of self-employment has gone through several iterations beginning first with the couture custom bridal accessories I created as “The Flirty Bride,” followed by years of custom web design and development for small business owners, before veering down my current path of miniature origami art. All of it has been part of a process in which I learned so much about being an entrepreneur and myself. For starters I learned there was so much I needed to learn. I also discovered I am far more tenacious than I ever would have given myself credit for all those years ago.

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This video by 60 Second Docs sums up where the journey has led me. A path of self discovery and finding the place where I belong. You can view it at the following links:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/60SecondDocs/videos/1900135243632631/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bes1SP5HVRu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/60SecDocs/status/959456396205998080
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqaAfkm6X1A

A huge thank you to 60 Second Docs and their production team. I am very grateful that you were interested to produce this piece about my art and that you so perfectly encapsulated both who I am and why I fold.

Thank you also to all of you who left kind comments on the videos and sent me messages via every social media platform I have an account on and through my website! I’m sorry I haven’t been able to reply to each message personally but will do my best to catch up when things calm down a bit 🙂

Thank you also to everyone who has placed an order via my Etsy shop, hired me to speak or do demonstration folding, and to everyone who has shown interest in allowing me to share my work and/or story with them. It’s all (and everything) I ever hoped this business could become.

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