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Spring Joy

16" x 18" x 1"

This artwork is inspired by spring gardens and includes dozens of tiny daffodils and grape hyacinth flowers (smaller than 1/4") folded from Japanese washi papers.

On March 16, 2020, just as the pandemic shut down all public art and theater, the Minden Opera House invited past touring artists and musicians to be a part of the "Empty Opera House" series - online video presentations weekly of live music or art. I immediately offered to do two programs - a storytime reading of my new picture book "The Day We Went to the Park" and a hands-on workshop creating an origami landscape.  I chose the early spring flowers of daffodils and grape hyacinths to feature. For the art workshop, I first created dozens of tiny origami flowers and an origami paper sculpture girl ahead of time, then showed in a few minutes how I lay out layers for the art, a process that takes dozens of hours of gluing. See the workshop video starting at 13:30.


Paper: Layers of handmade Japanese and Thai papers and origami (folded paper) sculptures


Inspired by spring flowers growing from cold ground, the joy of finding a new trail, and hope for happiness.

Created in March 2020 during a month of many losses - my life partner dying in a ski accident and then having the pandemic shut down schools, all school events, my book launch, speaking gigs, and my communications business.

Even in the worst of times, there is beauty around us if we look.



"Spring Joy" by Linda Stephen 2021

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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.