Sydney on the Fly


We recently had a one day layover in Sydney, breaking the long journey between Perth and Los Angeles. As usual, our first port of call in Sydney was the Art Gallery of New South Wales. After having coffee and pear slice in the cafe, we looked around the “Glorious” exhibition.

This exhibition features a wide range of interesting artworks and artforms from many parts of Asia. We even folded some simple origami. The exhibition runs through to next year and is well worth a visit.

Year of the Rooster

Happy New Year! 2017 is the year of the rooster in the Chinese animal zodiac. Or the year of the hen/cock/chicken – the Chinese character covers all of them. Of course, the year of the rooster doesn’t start until Chinese New Year on 28 January. Except in Japan, that is. Japan celebrates the new year on 1 January, so the year of the rooster has already started there. Hence the origami rooster, hen and chicken.

A Long Way from Home 3

Origami also turned up during our visit to Long Beach, the port city of Los Angeles. At the Long Beach Museum of Art, we noticed these origami cranes in the stairwell.


The current exhibition is “Vitality and Verve in the Third Dimension” and features works by Californian artists like Aaron De La Cruz (below) and a number of artists who were in town to paint murals for POW! WOW! Long Beach 2016. The exhibition runs through to Oct 16.

If I was in LA 3

Here are some more works on display at the exhibition “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami”. The large bird above is “Ruga Swan” by China/USA artist Jiangmei Wu. It is made with corrugated board.

​North Americans Martin and Erik Demaine folded this amazingly origami, in which curved creases give the work its complex 3D coiled shape. And the piece titled “Unidentified Flying Origami (UFO)” below is by French origami artist Vincent Floderer. The exhibition is being held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and runs through to August 21.

If I was in LA 2

During our recent visit to central Los Angeles, we went to the Japanese American National Museum to see the exhibition “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami“. It features works by nine modern exponents of origami. The fish below are “Vertical Pond II” by the American origamist Robert Lang.

And this mandala-like work is “Shine”, by Japanese artist Yuko Nishimura.

Year of the Sheep

Origami Sheep 1

2015 is the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese calendar, but the year doesn’t start until the first day of the first month of the lunar year – which is on 19 Feb this year. Except in Japan, that is. The Japanese superimposed the Chinese lunar year onto the Western calendar. So today is the start of the Year of the Sheep in Japan, but not in China. Anyway, we decided to mark the occasion by folding some origami sheep.

Origami Sheep 2