If I were Alice, I’d never have left Wonderland. I believe, although we all grow up, everyone secretly wishes they could return there too.
Hello! I’m Coco. I’m an artist, author and performer, and co-creator of Roborigami. My mission is to create a space that is almost otherworldly through combining art and technology to inspire community interaction.
I’m an expert in providing a playful solution to connect people. I offer engaging workshops to create evolving interactive art installation to bring a spectacular display to unexpected places.
Anyone can take a part in my installation. In fact, my vision is always so big, I am so grateful to have as many (little and big) helpful hands as possible! Together, let’s transform your familiar place into an environment that seems to belong to another planet.
I aim my installation to function as, just like a peaceful Zen garden, a powerful reminder for importance of personal reflection and have a positive impact on participants and audience.
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Why (Giant) Origami?
I have practised origami all my life. In Japan, origami is something everyone does with family and friends; it’s a creative play that is deeply rooted in Japanese culture.
The most iconic example of this may be an ancient Japanese legend promising that anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted eternal good luck, such as a long life or recovery from illness or injury.
I love the way it creates something from nothing; I don’t need any special tools in order to practice it. I also love colour so colourful paper is the perfect medium for me – and it can inspire anyone to be creative.
I started making Giant Origami while teaching a children’s art class in 2009. Traditionally, origami are made very small so you need to get very close to appreciate what they are and how they are made. During the art class, what I demonstrated needed to be easily seen from a distance, and I realised that the giant origami had a great visual impact.
Since then, ‘Giant Origami’ has grown organically. I had often felt that Japanese culture was showcased in an extremely biased, and stereotypical way, with clichés such as geishas and sumo wrestlers, manga and anime and the hi-tech neon image of modern Tokyo.
For me, this is far from what true Japanese culture is about. I wanted to introduce people to something more real and tangible; something that is part of everyday life in Japan and that I enjoyed as a child. I believe Giant Origami enables my audience to make an emotional connection with a Japanese ritual that might otherwise seem detached or alien.
I often get asked about my background and how I ended up creating Giant Origami, so here is a little story about my life and the experiences that have led me to where I am today… Read on if you are interested!