Heritage: Exposition Celebrates Art, Style of African-American Women

By Tammie Leigh Brown Of The Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 5, 1997 | Go to article overview
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Heritage: Exposition Celebrates Art, Style of African-American Women


Tammie Leigh Brown Of The Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


H. Alonzo Streater and Dianna Harris use U.S. currency in origami, the Chinese art of paper folding, to create roses and tuxedo shirts.

"I like the fact that we have reduced money to what it really is, a tool," said Streater, a native of Barbados who now lives here.

Streater and Harris own Origami Designs. They displayed their unusual wares over the weekend at the First Annual Sister to Sister Exposition: A Celebration of the Heritage of African-American Women, held at America's Center. The national event is held in several major U.S. cities, said Chris Gavin of Sister to Sister. The expo had 160 booths here, and Gavin said she expected about 10,000 to 15,000 people. "We need to celebrate achievements of African-American women as mothers, grandmothers and wives - women in general," Gavin said. Harris, with Origami Designs, said the first thing people ask is whether the money is real. Then they ask if using money for art is legal. They do not deface the money, Harris said. They simply fold the bills into shapes. Four bills are used for the roses. The shirts take six bills, plus fabric, buttons and sequins. "Origami immediately sparks interest (among) children .

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