Origami Creations

Art by Troy Hanson

July - August 2017

Ever thought about trying origami?  The Japanese art of folding paper is the next Community ArtShare display at T.B. Scott Free Library.  Merrill resident, Troy Hanson, makes it look as if he’s been working on his craft for years and he has!  Troy started doing origami as a kid after a trip to Philadelphia where he got a couple of origami books at a museum.  All of the intricate work that he has done and all the models on display have been completed in the last five years.

In total, Troy has on display over 40 origami creatures, figures and designs.  It takes him anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 hours to complete one project!  Many on display are the result of his first attempt at folding the piece.   The majority of the models on display are made from two sheets of paper bonded together. This bonding process is accomplished by utilizing methyl cellulose which is a glue used for book binding and paper repair.

Troy attributes his interest in math and geometry as what drew him to origami.  He is an engineer in real life.  Troy is a native of Merrill - growing up in Gleason and having lived either there or in Merrill for all but the four years when he was at college - Purdue University in West Lafeyette, IN. You can find more of his origami online at Flickr (www.flickr.com) or in The Origami Forum galleries (snkhan.co.uk/forum) under the username “ginshun”.

If you hang around Sawmill Brewery enough, you may even see him in person! 

Hanson’s fabulous origami creations will be available for viewing through August.  T.B. Scott Library’s “Beyond Books: Community ArtShare” series features a new exhibit every two months on an ongoing basis. The series was originally made possible through a $10,000 grant from the Mead Witter Foundation, Inc. of Wisconsin Rapids.