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Music at the Market origami collage art by Linda Stephen

Music at the Market

17" x 20" x 2"

"Music at the Market" is made from inventing and assembling hundreds of 3D origami sculptures and choosing handmade papers that celebrate a day at the market. The piece uses more than 130 different handcrafted Japanese washi papers in various textures and patterns.

Each origami sculpture is my original design - not found in any book. Following origami traditional rules, I fold from one piece of paper with no cutting, folding multiple times (sometimes 40+) in a sequence of folds and reverse folds to yield the final shape. Sometimes the resulting size is too large or too small for the perspective of the art, so I start over with a new square. For example, each dress, shirt, purse, tent and building are made from folding one piece of paper.

This art celebrates and honors the abundant variety of local harvests and artisan creations.

How many people can you see? What do you like to do at the market? What is your favorite purchase? Rainbow carrots? Fresh tomatoes? Goat cheese?

This piece was chosen from the Lincoln Artists Guild to be exhibited at the 2019 Association of Nebraska Art Clubs annual conference and exhibit, where it was awarded Honorable Mention. It has been exhibited in solo exhibits nationally.


Paper construction - layered papers and folded/origami sculptures


Live music and the abundance of harvest colors at farmers' markets everywhere. The setting for the piece is the Historic Downtown Fayetteville Square in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Music at the Market origami collage art by Linda Stephen

Are you interested in a collaborative artwork for your community, business or organization?

I put on workshops across the country for all ages. I specialize in designing artworks and workshops that involve all ages in creating art that celebrates a vision or a place.