Juan Mota, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology and an employee at the Hastings Public Library , will soon be able to add the moniker of teacher to his resume. Mota will be teaching an origami class Thursday, July 21 at the library for children in second grade and up.
"The way I got started about it, I mean I'm not like a master I just like the idea of the origami," Mota said. "Especially the geometric idea that you can take a perfect square and turn it into anything you can think of."
Mota works at the library and said children's services librarian Joan Vaillancourt approached him about teaching the new class. Mota has been doing origami since he was in middle school and said it heavily influences many designers in the fashion industry. Fashion has been a part of Mota's life for years as well.
"I went to a trade school in Yonkers and they specialize in fashion design, so I did that program for about three years and then I applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology," Mota said.
Soon to be a senior at FIT, Mota currently interns with Oscar de la Renta, where he helps make patterns and dresses for fashion shows with the creative advisors.
"We help create it, but my side of it is the more artistic side of it," Mota said.
Although origami is a big influence on fashion designers, Mota does admit that he has limited experience teaching the art to others.
"It's actually the first class I've ever taught," Mota said. "I've never taught origami in my life, so I'm kind of nervous about that."
Even with young children making up the majority of the class, Mota said it won't be a problem for them to learn quickly.
"It's just a matter of simple instructions because origami is not hard as long as you follow the directions," he said. "It can be the easiest thing."
Pre-registration is required for the event, which is already full.
"We're fully booked for the event," Mota said. "Hopefully it'll be a success and we can have it again next year."
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