I lost a friend. She was crazy-smart, very kind, thoughtful, and generous. She was a caring person who I had the good fortune to meet while I was living in CA (before moving to MI). Even after I’d moved we would often post on each other’s walls and message privately on Facebook. We were going to go camping together, someday. She loved my tiny trailer and envisioned living a simple, downsized, even possibly off-the-grid kind of life someday. I came very close to being able to visit her one last time but was just a bit too late… I was 11 days away from driving through the city she lived in. She passed away unexpectedly last June.
One of the last conversations we had on Facebook was one where she had shared she had found a group of people who were a new community that welcomed her into their fold. When I told her my idea to start an origami folding club, she whole-heartedly encouraged me to do so. She believed being part of a community could be a good thing.
One of her all time favorite pictures, the night she met Woz.
It took about a year but I did it. The folding club’s first meetup was last Saturday. In my heart the club is for the people of West Michigan, but it will also always be a bit of her legacy because even though she’s gone, her support and encouragement will always be a part of it.
I miss our chats and I miss you Elle. You are gone but not forgotten 😦
To see the schedule and RSVP to be a part of the West Michigan Origami Folding Club you can visit its web-page or join the Facebook Group:
Our hosting venue is the:
Kent District Library
200 N Monroe St
Lowell, MI 49331
The dates of the club’s next meetup is:
Saturday, July 15th 9:30-11:30 AM
I revamped my Tinygami website a bit ago and included this at the bottom of the Home page:
WEST MICHIGAN ORIGAMI FOLDING CLUB
In spring of 2017 I am going to start a West Michigan Origami Folding Club. It will meet monthly and be an informal group session where folders can gather to work on current projects and share (ideas, tips, instructions, paper, paper sources, etc.) as well as mentor new folders into the art of origami. If you are interested in joining please sign up on the contact page for future updates.
This is what my website contact page looks like. If you click the box that says “West MI “Origami Folding Club – Coming Spring 2017 Updates” I will send you an email as soon as I’ve figured out where the meetings will be hosted. I may also send you one other message asking you to share input on how the club can best serve your interests and needs.
I’m leaning towards finding a space between Grand Rapids (where a lot of people live) and Greenville (where I live). I’m thinking somewhere in or near Lowell, a nice halfway point between both locations. My priorities in choosing a venue are:
- A large enough venue
- No or low cost to participate
- Free Parking
- Easy access for people coming from both directions
If you’re interested in joining please feel free to add suggestions in the “Message” box at the bottom of the contact page. Once I have a venue and date for our first meet up I’ll send an email out and let you know.
At this point I have no idea what to expect. Will I be folding alone? Will anyone come? I think they will, there are already a LOT of talented folders in West Michigan and many visitors at ArtPrize have expressed an interest in learning so I think a club will be a lot of fun.
I hope you’ll join me!
CLICK HERE to sign up