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Origami club forms at NRMS

Eric Lusardi started the Origami Club at New Richmond Middle School. The group's first meeting was April 5. Pictured above, Lusardi, right, helps Marisa Young complete an origami bunny.

The New Richmond Middle School Origami Club met for the first time April 5.

The new club, created by Eric Lusardi, is an opportunity for students to meet and learn about the art of paper folding.

Everyone knows a little bit about origami, Lusardi said.

"Do you know how to make a paper airplane? That's origami," he explained.

The goal of origami to to create a sculpture from a flat piece of paper -- without using glue or cuts.

Lusardi said he hasn't been practicing origami for very long. He became interested in the artform when his older sister brought home a paper crane she had made at school.

"That was the first time I saw one," he said.

Lusardi said his sister now creates miniature cranes to be used as jewelry.

It wasn't until a few years later, when he was in fourth grade, that he got back into the paper folding hobby.

Lusardi said he mostly learned from a book, but recently he discovered He said it's easier to learn from the site because it has tutorials of how to make each object.

"I find it fun to (learn origami) through a book, but sometimes it's confusing," Lusardi said.

Marisa Young, a sixth-grader at NRMS, said she also learned from a book.

Rich Thyne, a seventh-grader, said he didn't have a book, but has folded paper before.

"I used to make swans, but I forgot how," he said with a laugh.

Lusardi said origami is more common than people think.

"Even McDonald's uses origami," he explained as he held up a folded french fri box.

The origami club meets Tuesdays after school in room 308, Taunya Kobernick's room. Each week the group makes different projects. All skill levels are welcome.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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