Kalamazoo Lively Arts – Origami Bonsai

Kalamazoo Lively Arts – Origami Bonsai


(light pop music) – Yet another
Kalamazoo artist that brings his talent
to ArtPrize 10. Wow, what did you make for us? – This is, I titled it Origami Bonsai. So it’s a bonsai tree
that I made out of wire, lots and lots of wire and
lots and lots of paper. Yes. – ‘Cause that’s what you do. – That’s usually what I do. I like to um, use a lot of origami in my arts. A lot of paper arts, yeah. – I understand somewhere
there’s a hidden figure, or you’re gonna
tell me a hidden secret. Something to do with your work. – Yeah. Like I said, I kinda
wanted this to be a piece where someone can
just, you know come in and look at for awhile and just feel at peace. So I kind of hid something
in there where you can’t just pass by it to see it. But he’s right up there. – There’s a little, a little something.
– An owl in there. – Is that what it is? It’s an owl?
– Mm-hmm. – There’s the secret. And how does the trunk work? – So the trunk is, it’s all wire that’s been
coiled and wrapped together to give it stability. Then from there, so
these are all continuous pieces of wire from the bottom all the way through the
tips of the branches. – Why pink? – The pink just really represents
all the feminine energies in my life right now. My fiance is pregnant
with our second daughter. So I’m kinda getting
overtaken in the home place with feminine energies. My mother of course is a huge, huge impact on my, myself as a person
and just artistically. She’s been very supportive. Yeah, and just with
what’s going on today. It’s good to have just
support, showing support for madam feminine. – Let’s have you talk
about the placement, your foundation here. – With the art of bonsai, it’s basically where you prune a tree to keep its
full grown shape, but just be smaller and most of the time they’ll
grow those in pots to keep them smaller. I made this tray to keep it in and then I have it packed
with some live moss here just to add kinda that
opposition of the alive versus– – So you’ve had to
come back and water? – I have, yep. Every week I come back
and mist it a little bit, but that keeps it nice
and green as well. – How’s ArtPrize? How is it to be an
ArtPrize artist? – Oh it’s been, it’s
been really good. It’s been really neat
seeing different artists and making friends
with different artists, and just seeing
people seeing my piece and smiling or, you know hearing
stories about other kids that are doing origami. It’s just really neat
connecting with people. This is a great place to do it. – You want to tell
that little princess that this one’s for her? – Oh, she already knows. (laughs) – [Announcer] Support
for Kalamazoo Lively Arts is provided by the Irving
S. Gilmore Foundation helping to build and
enrich the cultural life of greater Kalamazoo.

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