About Tricia & Knotty Origami

 

I'm Tricia, Founder and Designer of Knotty Origami.   Welcome!  

I'm a veteran, a mom, a wife, and small business owner. 

I have served as a designer and instructor of jewelry and fiber art techniques for many years, and I also help small business owners, non-profits, and solopreneurs develop their own e-commerce and social media processes using the lessons I've learned building my own e-commerce brand. You can learn more about that HERE

About My Love Of The Knots & Folds And Where I Draw Inspiration For The Things I Make:

A lifetime passion for learning about the ancient arts and cultures found in our family's travels, and a fascination with the mathematical and practical aspects of the traditional knotting and folding arts, led to the start of Knotty Origami. 

At a young age, I noticed that each country our family visited possessed an artisanal history using indigenous materials to bring flat planes of paper, corn husks, local leaves, vines, ropes, or strings into fascinating 3-dimensional forms.   Just as the materials reflected the local culture, the traditional techniques, practical uses, and symbolism did as well.  

I started collecting the items we found:   beautiful corn husk dolls made in Nuevo Leon, a beautiful mobile depicting daily life in Kenya fashioned out of banana leaves,  traditional hanging knots that symbolize prosperity from Korea,  knotted Celtic designs seen throughout Ireland while visiting Baltimore Bay where our own O'Driscoll name and history derived.

During my time in the military, my fascination grew with each survival knot I learned, from the swiss seats we fashioned from rope to safely rappel, to the practical square knots we used to rig military equipment.  

Knotty Origami pulls from these sources and inspirations to celebrate the beautiful forms that originated in perfect function, and the symbolism that is preserved through tradition. 

I enjoy The Make and love to celebrate other Makers on the Knotty Origami Facebook Page.   

 

Public Speaking:

I can sometimes be found giving talks about the often overlooked mathematical, practical, and cultural significance and applications of the ancient knotting and folding arts.  I love to convey lessons of the military to my business journey in tailored talks, too! If you are interested in learning more about speaking engagements or event sponsorships, please contact me at info@knotty-origami.com to open a dialogue!

 Thank you for taking the time to visit Knotty Origami!

 

 ~Tricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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