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Join us at Craft Night in Brooklyn this week to fold tropical fish with origami artist, Benjamin Coleman, a.k.a. bengami. Benjamin creates amazing sculptural works that take the shape of bonsai and other flora and fauna, and it’s such a treat that he’ll be in town to share his expertise with us at the Etsy Labs. This evening’s project is an excerpt from his new book, Origami 101. If you can’t make it in person, I invite you to tune into Livestream at 3:30 p.m. ET to watch a live demo with the glow-fold origami technique for instruction.

About This Week’s Teacher: Over the past three years, origami bonsai has become a way of life for me. From a few simple folds in 2006 that created a perfectly shaped flower, I have built an artist’s life. My current works include origami bonsai ferns and published books entitled Makigami, and Origami 101. I am currently writing a magazine article titled, “Origami Bonsai in Zero G,” that discusses art forms that can and cannot be performed by astronauts.  

I consider myself fortunate to have discovered my own creative outlet in origami bonsai. My life has become focused on sharing the history, beauty and simplicity of this traditional art form with others. I have found personal enrichment in developing new and revolutionary approaches to origami bonsai and am living a life of sharing my insights into the art with others.



Score your own copy of Benjamin Coleman’s new book, Origami 101, right here on Etsy.

For 25% off this book, or anything in his Etsy shop, use the special coupon code ORIGAMI101.





Craft Night Details:

Where:  55 Washington Street, Suite 712  (7th floor) Brooklyn, New York, 11201
: Monday, June 27. Demos will be held hourly in-person at 4:15, 5:15, 6:15, & 7:15 p.m.
Webcast: For those of you who can’t make it in person, we’ll be doing a live demo via Livestream at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can check out the feed on the Etsy Community page.


A photo from Etsy’s booth at Pride Day in Hudson, NY.

More Upcoming Events at the Etsy Labs:
6/23: Etsy Success Workshop – Crafting a Well-Rounded Business
7/4: Craft Night Cancelled for the Holiday
7/11: Bike-Themed Craft Night
7/18: Open Craft Night
7/21: Church of Craft meeting
7/25: Drawing Craft Night With Carla Sonheim

Will we see you at Craft Night? Let us know in the comments below.

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