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May 2013

Window Design

May Flowers

May 26, 2013

May Flowers
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INSPIRATION: For this window, we wanted to make a magical paper garden, cultivating voluminous folded flowers. We'd like to think we helped inspire the first blooms of Spring to don their colorful new dresses.

[Window Designer: Thea Price-Eckles]

Window Design

HOW-TO: Five Petal Origami Flower

May 9, 2013

Instructions for the five petal origami flower ball featured in out May window. Make smaller ones around the holidays as ornaments. Try using vintage magazines for folding!

1 - Start with a square of paper.
2 - Fold the square in half into a triangle.
3 - Fold the outside corners to meet the top corner creating a square.
4 - Open the inside edges (the seam running down the center of the square) and fold to meet the outside edges on both sides.
5/6 - Open and crease out the last fold you made creating a diamond shape.
7 - Repeat on both sides.
8 - Fold down the top corner of the diamond.
9 - Repeat on both sides.
10 - Fold outside edges in along previous fold line to return to a square shape.
11 - Repeat on both sides.
12 - Place double stick tape on flap.
13 - Fold over the other side and press closed (do not crease).
14 - Ta-da! You have made your first petal.
15 - Make four more for a total of five petals.
16 - Place tape on one side of each petal flush with the edge. Assemble all five petals together to make a beautiful flower!

If you would like to take this further, you can make twelve of these flowers and assemble them into a ball! Using different colored paper for each flower adds demension and interest. We only made half of one.

Artist Interview

Gloria Pacosa

May 8, 2013

How did you get started?
I guess I have spent my life making things. Learned to sew when i was 6 or 7 and my dad taught me to garden then as well. I was fortunate to have incredible art teachers in junior high and high school who encouraged me to continue. I got my BFA in glass and ceramics at mass art, and have been making a living by making things since college.

I blew glass, was a doll maker, book binder , gardener. Now i spend my time working in my garden , taking care of my beautiful home and cooking for a living.

What do you love about your job?
I love lots about my job. What better job than to live in a beautiful home that I decorate and repair and share it with people for special events. Opening up our home for monumental events in peoples lives is really such a gift. How lucky am I to be able to share in ones wedding or memorial and be able to make their incredible day beautiful. It's quite wonderful.

Gloria's home in Ashfield, MA

See more at www.gloriosaco.com