Originally Published: January 3, 2019 10:18 p.m.
It’s been just over a year since Chila Caldera did the first origami class of the Prescott Origami Fanatics at the Prescott Public Library and the next class is coming up this weekend.
Caldera said she tries to not stick too much to the holidays when it comes to figuring out what the classes will feature.
“I try to just pick things that I think people will enjoy folding,” Caldera said. “I always choose at least two models that are pretty easy to start with because anybody can come to these classes.”
She also tries to pick two models that are just a bit harder but they never do anything too hard because there haven’t ever been any experts in the class, she said.
For the January class, held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, Caldera will teach how to make origami toys such as fortune tellers and jumping frogs. Most of the classes have had about 15 to 20 people.
Caldera said she discovered origami from a library book when she was 15-years-old and she was hooked from there.
“I was just entranced … with the idea of taking a simple piece of paper and folding something charming, beautiful, cool, awesome,” she said. “I just thought that was the neatest thing I’d ever seen.”
For the longest time, Caldera said she folded by herself, but in 2001, she started poking around on the internet and found a national organization for origami based in New York City and was able to become a part of a larger origami community. It’s also when she discovered that she really enjoys teaching the art, she said.
“I love seeing people enjoy it,” Caldera said. “That’s the best for me, is when I see they’re enjoying it and having a good time.”
While it’s not an art for everyone and some people don’t have much fun with it, many find it enjoyable to take a piece of paper and make something out of it by doing some folds, she said.
For more information about the Prescott Origami Fanatics, call Prescott Public Library Adult Services at 928-777-1526.
The Prescott Public Library is located at 215 E. Goodwin St.
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