Visual Arts Workshop

The Iris Fold
Instructor Patti Isaacs
Saturday, October 12 | 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuition $70 | Materials $25


The Beautiful Art of Iris Folding

Learn the beautiful art of iris folding, a paper crafting technique of folding strips of colored paper to form a design. The center of the design is reminiscent of the iris of an eye or a camera lens. Participants will take home 2 to 4 completed cards along with the knowledge and tips to create their own masterpieces.

Iris folding originated in Holland in the last century. Its name ‘iris’  is due to its resemblance to the eye’s iris or the lens of a camera. Early artisans crafted designs using patterned papers, such as origami, wrapping, tissue, or scrapbook papers. Pages from magazines, maps, and books can be used. Many examples of iris fold patterns with fabric, lace and ribbon are readily found through a casual internet search.

Patti Isaacs has been creating Iris Fold cards and framed wall art for more than ten years. Her demonstrations at the Japanese Gardens ‘Paper Garden Show’ were highly anticipated and heavily attended.

Patti’s art training began at an early age. She received extensive training in high school and went on to study at Indiana University Bloomington. She has spent the past ten years developing her style and medium of expression. Patti is a silk painter and paper artist. Much of the paper Patti works with is Washi paper that she brought back from her travels in Japan.

Patti has exhibited in such venues as Beaver Tales touring show in a joint effort between artists and the Wetland Conservancy, The Big 500 at Pioneer Place mall, Washington County Open Studio Tour, Fire on the Water ‘The Dragon Boat Show at the Portland 5 Center, Four-Eights show at the Sherwood Center for the Arts, Celebration of Creativity art at the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, and The Paper Garden Show at the Portland Gardens. Patti’s most recent exhibit is at the Guistina Gallery ‘Ode to Tides’ at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University (May 2-29, 2019). She has been a guest artist at Art on Broadway Gallery and a solo show at Art in the Loft in Seaside.

Patti co-juried the Sherwood Student Show 2016-2018. She is a member of SPIN—Silk Painter’s International and is on the Washington County Open Studio board.

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