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Founder's Biography and Artist Statement

Fundamental information of the founder, Lisa B. Corfman.

Artist Statement

I am a mixed-media artist centering all my art on origami. I have always been an artist, but as I started my career, I discovered origami to be a cute and sophisticated focus. It is like me, sometimes complex, sometime simple, but always creative.
I aim to float your boat at each and every origami place (or not so origami place).


Self at art fair

Born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, Lisa B. Corfman works as a mixed-media origami artist, with origami (the art of paperfolding) serving as the connection between multiple mediums.

Fondly recalling praise for her art skill throughout her youth, this support inspired Lisa's deep love for the visual arts. Whether Lisa is creating, teaching or entertaining with her origami art form, Lisa wants to meet the needs of others with her unique skillset.

In Lisa's early study of art history, the pointillist work (a technique using painted dots rather than strokes) created by Georges Seurat and titled "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," particularly intrigued her. She feels studying art history is essential to forming a sophisticated voice as an artist. Lisa is now very interested in origami history and enjoys recognizing pioneers in the field.

In 1999, Lisa graduated from Acton Boxborough Regional High School, and matriculated to Endicott College in Beverly, MA where she would receive her BFA. There she took a full range of art classes, from studio arts, to education, to graphic design to art therapy; this pushed Lisa to become a well-rounded art professional. The career path to success was not easy. Art and the healing origami crane helped her before, during and after tough times, giving Lisa a story to tell.

At Endicott, Lisa found her direction. When studying under Professor Barbara Burgess-Maier, Lisa refined her drawing skills becoming exceptionally good at charcoal drawing; Burgess-Maier said “Draw what you love,” so the charcoal drawing of origami series was born. Lisa became a poet under Professor Dan Sklar; Sklar said “Write anything!” at a poetry slam, so Lisa began crafting poetry about things important to her. Origami was one of them. More valuable undergraduate mentors helping Lisa find her career came from Professor Tali Silver, Professor David Bader and Dean Mark Towner. The interest in origami grew on her, and today all of Lisa’s art forms revolve around origami. Although Lisa found the process of becoming an established artist to be rocky, Lisa knew origami was her rock, a concrete ability. Lisa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2004.

The following poetic words provide historic perspective.
By the sea, OR
In the basement before tea
Whenever and wherever inspiration may be"

"By the sea" refers to Lisa’s seaside education at Endicott College where the first four charcoal drawings of origami were created during the Spring of 2004; a fifth transitional piece referred to in the above poem as "OR" marked the change from college to professional work. That 5th charcoal artwork featured origami master Michael LaFosse's Horseshoe Crab, drawn at his studio, Origamido, then in Haverhill, MA. Michael is the greatest inspiration to Lisa’s career. Lisa may have been subconsciously thinking of him and his role model, Yoshizawa Akira, when she wrote the following poem in August 2004 as she started a job as a live-in aide for a grandmother figure:

"This is it
My hope for time
The crossing of generations
My hope for many rhymes"

The ritual of "In the basement before tea" began in August 2004. The deeper meaning of verse was a place reviving Lisa's poetry and inspiring the many 18” by 24” charcoal drawings to come. Even though Lisa relocated to a place without a basement where tea is not served at dinnertime and doing art at other times of day is normal, the general poem still has metaphoric implications. With a fold, a poem, fine jewelry, a drawing, and so much more, origami is Lisa’s passionate place to inspire.

In May 2014 she attained her Advanced Certificate in Marketing from Dowling College in NY. This training helped Lisa strengthen her business skills including the act of developing and building her website, www.RockyArtsUnfolded.com.

Lisa’s business, Rocky Arts Unfolded has a philosophy to differentiate itself by embracing the term “disabled.” DISABLED is an acronym for ‘Determined Individuals Striving and Beating Limitations Encountered Daily.’ Rocky Arts Unfolded believes that we all begin by feeling disabled, similar to an untouched rock. To become a polished rock, we move from ‘finding’ the rock by the sea, ‘struggling’ to understand it and starting to sculpt its form so this rock can ‘blossom’ into perfection. This process results in the power to ‘amaze’ with our metaphoric rock.

Lisa carefully wrote her company’s mission: Rocky Arts Unfolded® aims to enable artists and non-artists alike to blossom with a secure ‘rock’ of achievement. Together, we embrace paper’s wonders through origami goods and services. With our ecosystem of paperfolding options, we bring out the wonder, help you find your rock and provide environments for growth. It's the origami place!

See Lisa's educational life story here.

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