EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC WORK
ArtPrize 10 - Grand Rapids, MI. (September 19th - October 7th, 2018)
A mixed media entry that incorporated a painted heart and tiny gold cranes. The title "Kintsugi Heart" is a piece the artist had wanted to create since learning about kintsugi several years ago. Kintsugi is a Japanese method of mending a favorite piece of broken pottery with real gold powder mixed with lacquer or resin. The heart is a representation of all of our hearts. Though life will break and shatter us time and time again we always have the opportunity to heal, like the broken pottery, in a way that leaves us both more beautiful and more interesting than whatever hardships broke us. Not everyone will. Some will hold onto the grief and anger that accompany loss. But if we can learn to confront and process the pain, replace grief with gratitude, and the anger with an open and fearless heart that is when hardships can become lessons that help us evolve and move us closer to finding contentment within our lives.
Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival - Grand Rapids, MI. (June 2018)
The artist displayed 12 mobiles of miniature origamis, each containing 1000 tiny cranes, rabbits, or frogs. The mobiles were on display throughout the monthlong Asian art exhibit at the Devos Place Convention Center in conjunction with the second annual Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival.
ArtPrize 9 - Grand Rapids, MI. (September 20 - October 8, 2017)
"Acceptance" is comprised of three mobiles with each representing aspect of the artist's family history. Focusing on the Japanese American internment the mobiles take viewers through a visual story of prejudice, healing, and love. The "Internment" cranes are 1000 tiny yellow cranes hung from a wreath of miniature barbed wire that binds into place a photo of Tamaki's maternal family while they were held at Heart Mountain, WY during WWII. The blue and gold "Kintsugi" mobile represents a beautiful metaphor the artist wants to share in that the way we heal from hardships can make us more beautiful and interesting than before. And the "Filled with Love" cranes embody the hearts of her parents and family who, despite suffering from extreme prejudice, resolved to never be prejudiced themselves, choosing love over hate.
Art.Downtown Avenue for the Arts - Grand Rapids, MI. (April 8, 2017 from 12:00-9:00 PM)
Curator: Zahara Avalon
"AMERICAN" The exhibit asks: "What does it mean to be American? The space focuses on intersections of Asian and Hispanic/Latinx identities especially in a political climate of anti-culture/color/immigrant." My contribution to the installation will be three framed pieces depicting my maternal family's experience during the Japanese American internment and how I see myself as an American.
ArtPrize 8 - Grand Rapids, MI. (September 21 - October 9, 2016)
"Tinygami" is comprised of three mobiles with each representing a different cultural theme based on customs and traditions of Japan. The titles of the mobiles are "Moon Rabbit," "Bonsai," and "Good Fortune Frogs." Each contains 1000 miniature origami rabbits, cranes or frogs that measure from 1/4" to 3/4" high. Tamaki's diminutive mobiles are 8"-12" in diameter and measure 24" to 36" in length. The structures the cranes are hung from and all additional ornamentation are also handmade by the artist.
LowellArts! ArtPrize: Second Glance - Lowell, MI (January 9 - February 20, 2016)
On display at LowellArts! King Gallery. The exhibition included 21 artists who live within 20 miles of the City of Lowell. This is the third exhibition of this kind to be held at LowellArts! It gives a snapshot of artwork by local artists that visitors may have missed at ArtPrize. This was an invitational exhibition, artists were selected by the LowellArts! Gallery Committee. The committee reviewed over 300 pieces of artwork by artists who fit the geographical criteria - both by visiting works in person during ArtPrize and by utilizing the ArtPrize website.
ArtPrize 7 - Grand Rapids, MI. (September 23 - October 11, 2015)
"4000 Culture Cranes" is comprised of four mobiles of 1000 miniature origami cranes (each) that represent the following Japanese traditions and customs: Mochibana and Kagami Mochi, Daruma, Maneki-neko, and Sadako Sasaki. The cranes range from 1/4" to 3/4" high, the mobiles are 7"-8" in diameter and measure 24" to 36" in length. The structures the cranes are hung from and all additional ornamentation are also all handmade.
ArtPrize 6 - Grand Rapids, MI. (September 24 - October 12, 2014)
"Tiny Cranes" is comprised of four mobiles of 1000 cranes each representing the four seasons. The cranes range in size from 3/8" to 3/4" high and the mobiles are all approximately 8" in diameter and 30" high. The structures the cranes hang from were also meticulously handmade as were their flowers, leaves, and additional ornamentation. For 19 days three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, MI is transformed into a public art gallery. In 2014 194 venues hosted artists of their choosing during the three week competition from Sept. 24th through October 12th. Artists from around the world submit their work via the ArPrize website. If they receive an offer to have their entry hosted they are then eligible to win the Public Vote Grand Prize.
Purple Moon Dance Project - San Francisco, CA. (July 7, 14, and 15, 2006)
Artist was contacted by the curator of the production of "Mahina" being performed at the Zeum theatre in the Yerba Buena Gardens in Downtown San Francisco. The theme of the performance was inspired by the Pacific islander myth of Hina, a goddess who lives on the moon. Mahina is a story about facing timeless challenges and ultimately responsibility - to ourselves and the world we want to live in. The artist provided three sculptural pieces to be used in the entry area to help reflect the message that we all contribute to the condition of the world in which we live.
The message of the Purple Moon Dance Project is to increase the visibility of lesbians and women of color and to encourage social change, peace and healing in our society through the medium of dance.
750 Gallery - Sacramento, CA. (March 10 - April 2, 2000)
Peace Crane exhibit: Included were 3 sets of one thousand cranes, 1 framed collage and 2 collaborative collages incorporating the work of the photographer/co-exhibitor Patricia Ternahan.
Japanese American Citizens League - San Jose Chapter (1996)
Artist volunteered to create origami displays for the JACL National convention being hosted in San Jose that year. Pieces were displayed at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel. First phase of the project was creating floral origami centerpieces for a luncheon. The second and larger phase was creating a flock of 75 cranes ranging in size from one to four feet high. The cranes were hung using a lift, from two parallel cables strung across the ceiling of the ballroom. This display was for the final banquet in the main ballroom.
Creative Origami And Beyond - Walter Foster Publishing (Nov, 2016)
Artist was invited to be part of a collaborative origami instruction book with her chapter focusing on miniature origami. Her tutorials include the traditional Lidded Box, Waterlily, and Crane - VIEW ON AMAZON
PUBLICITY - Videos
PUBLICITY - Continued
Advance Your Art Podcast (December 27, 2018) Listen to podcast on Advance Your Art
”Ep116 Stacie Tamaki – The Hidden Mystery Behind Miniature Origami Art”
An interview with Yuri Cataldo, host of the Advance Your Art podcast. The conversation includes: When the artist learned origami, how it progressed from a hidden hobby to her full time profession, briefly about the diagnosis of the brain tumors that were discovered this spring and how they've impacted her art, what advice would she share with fledging artists, why does she create, and what is her art's purpose in her own life and the lives of those who view it.
60SecondDocs (February 2, 2018) View the video on Facebook or Youtube
A short 60 second documentary featuring the artist, her work, philosophy, and newly completed origami folding studio nestled in the woods of West Michigan.
The Detroit News (September 27, 2017) View the Article Here
"Find your favorites at ArtPrize9, through Oct. 8"
Writer Susan R. Pollack included a photo and mention of the artist's entry in her recommended list of things she saw in a single day attending ArtPrize 9 in Grand Rapids, MI.
CraftSanity Podcast Interview (October 20, 2016) - CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD (1:25:19)
"CraftSanity #190: 10.20.16 Origami Artist Stacie Tamaki"
The artist was interviewed by CraftSanity's Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood. In the podcast: "Tamaki discusses what got her started folding tiny and what lead her to downsize her life and relocate to Michigan, where she is building her dream art studio."
Facebook Live Grand Central Market & Deli (September 23, 2016) - CLICK HERE TO VIEW ON FACEBOOK (3:48)
A Brief Facebook Live video interview where the artist answered a short list of questions about her work and participating in ArtPrize for the third consecutive year at the Grand Central Market & Deli.
CraftSanity Blog and Podcast, Grand Rapids, MI (September 21, 2016) - CLICK HERE TO VIEW ON CRAFTSANITY.com (9:24)
"Stacie Tamaki’s tiny origami installation makes a big impression at ArtPrize 2016"
The artist was interviewed by CraftSanity's Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood on the opening day of ArtPrize8 at the Grand Central Market and Deli. The interview includes a written blog post and on-location video.
WGRD 97.9, Grand Rapids, MI (September 21, 2016) - CLICK HERE TO VIEW ON WGRD.com
"ArtPrize Artist Creates ‘Tinygami’ and Offers Tips for Beginners"
WGRD's Matt Milhouse interviewed the artist on the opening day of ArtPrize8 offering both a written and video recap at the link:
"Stacie Tamaki is bringing miniature origami to Grand Central Market & Deli for the third straight year at ArtPrize. Watch as Tamaki demonstrates how she makes "Tinygami" and offers tips for beginners. She also explains the symbolism behind her origami mobiles."
Read More: Matt Milhouse - 97.9 WGRD | http://wgrd.com/author/mumlor/?trackback=tsmclip
Greenville Daily News, Greenville, MI (September 22, 2015)
The artist was included in a feature of the 12 local artists competing in ArtPrize 2015. The article included the cities the artists live in, their background, title of each entry, the medium, a description of their entry, and the venue hosting their work in Grand Rapids.
The Flirty Blog / I Found The Place - SF Bay Area California (2006 - 2014)
The artist published a lifestyle/travel/entrepreneurial blog while living in Northern, California. This link includes additional media, press, and speaking appearances made by the artist.
Home and Garden Television - Crafters Coast to Coast, National Television (November 2004) - VIEW EPISODE HERE
re-aired February 2005
re-aired February 6, 2006
The artist had two segments on the new series that aired on HGTV last fall. First was a six minute segment featuring her design and construction process of her miniature origami crane and beaded wire cherry blossom tree. The second was a one and a half minute segment featuring her design and construction process of her beaded wire flower and beaded dragonfly hair comb.
NBC - KNTV Channel 11 - San Jose, CA (2002)
Segment included showing of origami collection and artist teaching anchor woman step by step on live television how to fold an origami crane.
Demonstration + Exhibition + Entertainment
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (February 17, 2018)
Artist was hired to provide entertainment to the resort's guests at a Chinese New Year party. She displayed two mobiles then spent two hours folding and giving away each creation to guests.
Varnum LLC (September 20, 2017)
Each year since the inception of ArtPrize the Varnum Law Offices have hosted an ArtPrize Client Appreciation Party on the opening night of the first day of ArtPrize. In 2017 the Artist was hired to give a continuous folding demonstration and display two mobiles of her miniature mobiles of 1000 tiny cranes at Varnum's Bridgewater Place office in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI.
Bloomingdale's - Stanford Shopping Center Palo Alto, CA (May 5, 2012)
Artist was hired by Hanae Mori Fragrance to teach shoppers of all ages how to fold an origami crane in the cosmetics section of the store.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel - San Francisco, CA. (November 8, 2004)
Artist was requested to come on location at the hotel and demonstrate how to fold an origami crane for a bridal event where Wedding Consultants from the Greater Bay Area had been invited to attend. Artist also brought a finished set of 1000 cranes to exhibit at the event.
Grand Valley State University - Allendale Campus (February 19, 2018)
Artist delivered a one hour speaking and folding/teaching presentation at the invitation of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She was asked to come speak about her 2017 ArtPrize entry titled "Acceptance" that deals with the Japanese American Internment during WWII, healing, and love. She displayed the three mobiles that comprised her entry, presented a keynote slide presentation, followed at the end by teaching how to fold an origami crane so that those who wanted to learn had an opportunity to do so.
West Michigan Origami Folding Club (June 2017)
With only one Michigan folding club located in Ann Arbor the Artist launched a West Michigan folding club in the summer of 2017. It is an informal, monthly, Saturday morning MeetUp hosted at the Kent District Library in Lowell, MI. The range of attendees has varied from young children to retirees, novice and experienced folders, and while most live in the Greater Grand Rapids area people have come from as far away as Lansing to attend. There is no cost to attend.
Grand Rapids Asian Festival - Grand Rapids, MI (June 10, 2017)
Artist was invited to give a presentation and teach an origami workshop at the inaugural Grand Rapids Asian Festival. The workshop was hosted by the Grand Rapids Art Museum's Studio. Following the workshop presentation the Artist also worked in the children's activity area teaching all ages how to fold an origami swan.
Center for Employment Training (CET) - in San Jose, CA. (Directors Seminar) (August 25, 2010)
Artist was hired to teach an origami class at the Center for Employment Training Directors Training Conference. Held at the CET the artist taught the group how to fold an origami crane and displayed a finished set of 1000 miniature cranes.
Silicon Valley Football Classic - San Jose, CA. (December 28, 2004)
Artist was requested by the San Jose Convention Center Visitors Bureau to teach an origami class to the wives of the out of town coaches in town for the football game. Held at the Capitol Club, the artist volunteered her time to teach the women from Illinois and Alabama how to fold an origami crane and displayed a small collection of finished pieces.
Masonic Lodge - Los Gatos, CA. (1998)
Artist was asked to be a guest speaker, and brought finished pieces to exhibit and gave a folding class to the wives of the Masonic members.
Tinygami (2014 through present)
After launching the Tinygami shop on Etsy the artist has received a multitude of custom orders for both decorative and jewelry pieces. They (along with non-commissioned purchased pieces) can be viewed in her "Sold" gallery on Etsy.
Pre-Qualified Artist Pool for the city of San Jose, California - Office of Cultural Affairs
(May 2005 through May 2008)
Artist's work was juried and selected into a general pool of artists from which the City of San Jose commissions public art projects.
Sets of six foot high one thousand cranes shipped to:
2004 - Caracas, Venezuela
2003 - Washington D.C.
2001 - San Francisco
Butterflies for wedding cake decorations (2002)
Artist was commissioned to hang a set of 1000 cranes (2002)
After the bride saw the artist's collection at Leiko she was inspired to fold cranes as her wedding favors. As a surprise her groom organized both families to fold the set of 1000, commissioned the artist to hang them, shipped them to Los Angeles and presented them to her at the wedding reception.
Past gifts include hundreds of individual cranes given along with the telling of the story of "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" to strangers in public places (i.e. waiting rooms, restaurants, airports and on airplanes) wherever I am living and while traveling both nationally and internationally. Each year at ArtPrize I make and giveaway almost 1000 cranes during the three week event.