Jennifer Linderman, a.k.a. Origami Mami, is a multi-media artist whose passion is working in three-dimensional paper arts. She is a published origamist who teaches an origami after school program five days a week for children throughout the East Bay. In addition, she enjoys drawing and watercolor painting and is an all-around crafty gal. Jennifer especially enjoys working in topics of nature as can be seen with her current experimentations with moths and their mystical camouflaging mechanisms.
On Friday, August 7th, Linderman made her way to the entomology department to photograph and draw saturnid moths and glasswing butterflies. Collections Manager Norm Penny gave a brief tour of the collections before setting Linderman up at a work station. An accomplished photographer as well as an origamist, Linderman spent time photographing insect details as well as drawing specimens using a camera lucida. She will use these images to create origami patterns, paintings and jewelry.
During the second day of Linderman’s residency, she and her assistant origamists instructed the Academy visitors on how to fold moths and/or butterflies using pages from recycled National Geographic magazines.
To culminate the residency, Sunday’s hands-on workshop offered participants the opportunity to create a collaged habitat for oragami moths using cigar boxes, vintage images and bark photographs taken by Linderman herself.
One Truth, Many Lies: A New View of Art & Natural History Collections is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. www.imls.gov