AYAKO BRODEK's love of origami began when she was a little girl. On long ferryboat rides to her grandparents' home in Shikoku, Japan, her mother would make origami cranes and boats from candy wrappers to make the time pass quickly. After moving to the United States, her fascination with origami continued; and sh founded Oricaft to introduce her work to a wider audience. Brodek's desire is to design origami works that can be loved and used in everyday life.
Wearable origami is one of Brode's greatest passions, and she has devoted considerable time to exploring ways to transform her folded-paper creations into pieces of jewelry that are both delicate and durable. She sell her work at art and craft shows and through her website www.oricraft.com. She also teaches origami to people of all ages at local libraries and schools. Bordek lives and works in New Jersey.