Lizzie gave a talk to introduce herself to students with a focus on how she has developed her unusual career in combining art, science and science communication. The session was also an opportunity to share new ideas for the Department and encourage the group to join Lizzie in trying origami as mentally stimulating to think in 3D and in support of their wellbeing
Lizzie brought along a colourful display of pieces of origami with links to protein folding; and to inspire the group to try something new. Slides were also colourful to bring a warm introduction to enriching the Department.
Students made unique marks and started to help in folding towards a larger collaborative piece for the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ to be displayed in the Department.
Lizzie later continued folding with time-lapse films to show how it was assembled… and encouraged students to reflect on the experience. One student shared how the session has encouraged her to continue:
“after your workshop, I practiced origami myself and it has helped me concentrate better too. I guess it is because I spend lesser time on my phone now. Thank you for igniting this new interest in me! Can't wait to get creative with the modelling material!”
Doing something different together helped bring connection and a sense of achievement
“thank you for your session and sharing your art with us. Always keep inspiring others to be creative”
“could we do this every month?”
“this was such a fun workshop!"
“thank you – was very relaxing”
“this session is unexpectedly therapeutic. It really helped me relax and is a form of detoxification – taking my mind away from stress. Although I’m not that good at origami I really enjoyed the time. Keep up the good work!”
“thank you for the session, it was a fun satisfying activity”