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Knowing when to fold – street origami.

Posted in Relationships, and Things We Love

maurice3In the spirit of generosity week – I wanted to share art by a woman who shares art. And who asks people to share their time to help her to share the art. Lovely Stuff

mademoisellemaurice10Mademoiselle Maurice takes origami to the streets. From a small, perfect, intricate formed fold (in fact 30 000 of them) – she creates bright colourful installations – portraits, thoughts and wonderful rainbows that she sprinkles across towns and cities.

For this project in Angers, France – she involved the local folks. Holding origami workshops in leisure centres, schools, kindergardens and even prisons. Making the Angevins the heart of a collective work. When the day came to install the pieces – hundreds of people showed up to help. Young, old, retired, rich, poor: collaborating to create art.

Mademoiselle Maurice took Walt Whitman‘s instruction to “go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families” to heart. And created a masterpiece. No galleries, or archivists, no curators, no status required. Full of effort – yet effortless.

Merci, Mademoiselle.

Mademoiselle Maurice - self portrait
Mademoiselle Maurice – self portrait

(All images copyright Madamoiselle Maurice. Meet her here.)

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  1. I really admire the ingenuity and creativity of some people. This is brilliant.

    July 12, 2013
  2. I’d never heard of this, it’s beautiful.

    July 11, 2013

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