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Friday, December 5, 2014

Featured by Bystander Magazine

Bystander Magazine, an indie arts magazine in the US, has published my first magazine feature! Check it out here: http://www.bystandermag.com/2014/12/getting-to-knowsam-dizon-origami-and.html

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Networking Origami Installation at the Eats & Beats Street Festival in Riverside

On June 7th, I participated in the Eats & Beats in Riverside Street Festival. The wonderful Riverside BIA approved my idea to make an origami installation. I had thought it would entail me decorating a few poles or trees, but they surprised me by giving me the Target Park fence on Queen/Saulter to decorate.

325 butterflies, 5 hours of folding and 6.5 hours installing nets and origami butterflies and the Networking installation was born. I was given great feedback and enjoyed the process of doing my first official installation!

Thanks to the Riverside BIA for such a wonderful opportunity!

Title: Networking
by Samantha Dizon

This installation portrays various butterflies connected through several nets. Interpretation of the work is left up to the audience.

Having created origami in shadow boxes for several years, Sam felt it was time to bring origami outside to an audience that wouldn't expect to see it on their way to work or while out on a stroll. In doing so, she hopes to convince those who see the butterflies that origami can indeed be art and not just a hobby craft.

Sam Dizon has been folding origami since the age of eight. She teaches origami classes and does commissions. Some of her work has recently been used on HITRECORD on TV season 1 and her origami love (album) has inspired a collaboration on hitrecord.org.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 Update!

Hello, I have a lot to update! So here's the first one:

On May 31st, 2013, I joined hitRECord - an open, collaborative site/company run by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his late brother Dan. At first the major pulls for me to join were the idea of looking at the works of talented artists and what JGL's work in all of this was. Soon, getting to know talented people with minds different and alike became incentive to stay and explore more.

Not a long time after I joined it was announced that hitRECord signed on for a television show. I participated with thousands of others contributing work in relation to the themes chosen for each episode. As the episodes aired, I was notified that some of my work had been selected and used in the tv show and that I was credited and would be paid for it. I contributed an image of the number 1 on a red circle and a video of myself folding an origami jumping frog from a US dollar bill, which was later made into a bumper.

On April 3rd, a request was released for an untitled Japanese folk tale collaboration and my work was used as the cover art. Several of my hitrecord friends messaged me that my work was featured in the request. To my surprise, a collaboration had been created inspired by my origami love album and the request featured many of my works. I was floored and extremely appreciative.

Since that time, many people have seen my origami work and have given me feedback.

Here is the request for collaboration featuring my origami work :) Request #1 (Apr 3/14) : http://www.hitrecord.org/collaborations/8948
Request #2 (May 8/14) : http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1606230
Here is a performance of my original Kamishibai story illustrated by Alison Wright http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1542451