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Living - December 12, 2008

The art of origami

Leku Eder to feature enchanting Asian-inspired art

Artist Daniel Brooks shows his love of fashion, fabrics and Japanese symbolism in his original origami creations, which will be on display next week at Leku Eder in Danville.

The store, located on East Prospect, is holding a champagne reception from 1-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, to celebrate Brooks' unique collages, which integrate origami, often cranes and kimonos. The crane is the symbol of a long and happy life while the kimono signifies work and prosperity.

Brooks, a native Californian who has resided most of his life in Grass Valley, studied music and the arts at San Jose State University. He was enchanted with Asian art as a young man and began to master the craft of origami.

The crane and the kimono have provided Brooks with unlimited inspiration, and he uses them to express beauty, energy and serenity in his collages. He uses the simple materials of paper, string and mat board to form his three-dimensional works.

Brooks works in his studio near the Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley. During the past few years, he has enjoyed increasing success with his art work, which is now in many private collections and has been shown at galleries in Northern California and Lake Tahoe.

The reception at Leku Eder is a chance for local residents to experience his Asian-inspired pieces.