She holds a B.A. from University at Albany in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies and Sociology. During her student exchange abroad in Japan, she studied Chinese brush painting and Japanese language. Working as a curatorial intern for the “Pritzlaff’s Chinese Commemorative Portraits” at Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution instilled in her a deep appreciation for Asian art & culture.
In 1998, when she was invited to teach in an Artist-in-Residence program in Saratoga Springs, NY, she discovered an online community of origami enthusiasts to help her craft her first origami lesson for 3rd and 5th grade students. That same year, her love for teaching origami blossomed as she volunteered at her first Origami USA convention in New York City.
Since she has been teaching origami to beginners and enthusiasts, as well as learning from master designers and creators and volunteering at origami conventions worldwide.
She was a contributor for five years to Imagiro, bi-monthly amateur publication dedicated to all aspects of the art of origami. She is inspired by an international community of dedicated origami designers and folders who share their ideas in books, online in blogs, forums, and social media sites.
She lived in Hawai`i from 2005 to 2010 in Ahualoa, (near Honoka`a on the Hamakua Coast). She taught the community how to raise egg-laying hens and how to grow and process tea (camellia sinensis). She now lives in New York City and enjoying meeting people through local origami groups.
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