Origami Inspirations for Hermès’ Holiday Windows

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Linda Mihara assisted fellow origami artist Robert J. Lang in creating an origami rainforest for Conservation International in 2009 in New York. They were joined by actor Harrison Ford, a board member of Conservation International.

San Francisco artist Linda T. Mihara has created an origami fantasy for the Hermès boutiques in San Francisco and Beverly Hills.

Mihara was commissioned by Hermès to create custom origami displays for holiday windows, which will be unveiled in early December.

Linda Mihara’s “Peace Sphere” (1994), which consists of 18 cranes folded from a single sheet of paper without glue.

While some origami models are simple enough for children, other objects can only be folded by masters of the craft. The art pieces made for Hermès include Mihara’s original designs, folded from Japanese washi paper.

“The creativity of origami is a perfect foil for Hermès’ penchant for whimsy and a sense of play,” says Mihara, an award-winning origami artist whose work has been featured in installations at the Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Mingei International Museum in San Diego, and the upcoming “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Her parents, Nob and Shiz Mihara, own Paper Tree, a stationery store in San Francisco Japantown. Her sister, Vicky Mihara Avery, is also a noted origami and gift-wrapping artist. Both sisters participate in the annual Tree of Hope event at San Francisco City Hall, in which a tree is decorated with origami cranes containing messages of hope.

Examples of Mihara’s work can be seen at www.origamihara.com.

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