World Origami Days: Origami on Cape Ann

Hopefully, this series of posts has stirred up some interest in origami in at least a few people.  So, where can one find origami here on Cape Ann?

For books and paper, the only place I have found on this side of the bridge is Island Art and Hobby on Main Street in Gloucester.  They have a selection of basic kits as well as separate books and paper.  They told me that they will be expanding the selection slightly in the coming days, and I bet they could order more if you need something they don’t have in stock.

Of course, A.C. Moore and Michael’s at the Liberty Tree Mall also have paper, but it’s nice to buy locally and support our Main Street economy.

You can also buy completed origami art without crossing the Annisquam River.  Staying on Main Street, at the The Dress Code consignment shop you can find a selection of origami jewelry:

It is not on display, so if you are interested you have to ask at the counter. Some of it was made by  Mark Kennedy, whom I know from the annual origami conventions in New York.  He lacquers his work so that it has long-term durability despite the fragility of paper, and he glues pins or clips on the back to turn the origami models into jewelry.

There is also the Four Winds gallery on Tuna Wharf on Bearskin Neck in Rockport. It is a family gallery, including photography, pottery, origami, and more, mostly (or all) by members of the Carbone family.  The origami there includes stand-along models of varied topics (including fish, of course) and colorful mobiles.

Lastly, I hope to be selling some origami Christmas ornaments in this year’s Christmas Bazaar at St. Ann’s Church (a fundraiser for St. Ann’s Parish) later this month (I think it’s Nov. 17th; I’ll post full info later).

If you are interested in classes, I don’t think there is anything available on a regular basis, but as I have mentioned, I hope to give a Christmas origami class and maybe offer more workshops from time to time.

Did I miss anything? Do you know of any stores on Cape Ann that sell origami books or paper, or finished origami art? Please share by posting a comment!

- Fr. Matthew Green

2 comments

  • I have seen the Origami Show at the Peabody Museum in Salem , and was enchanted with the
    Exhibits shown there . bought myself a very modest crane. Now I admire your work, and hope to see some of it. Do you plan on selling any ? I will check on the butterflies jewelry, for Christmas .
    And follow your announcements on GMG . I was born in Paris, and wonder if there is interest in
    Origami there ? There must be. It is fascinating, ABSOLUMENT ! I dream of an Arbre de Noel
    Plein de Papillons Origami !

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