For the month of March, the Pasadena Public Library held its “One City, One Story” community reading program which invited the public to come out and become inspired to read through its daily special activities and live performances. Through Reiyukai’s close partnership supporting the arts and community through AirNight Pasadena at the public library, Reiyukai was once again called to action bringing its amazing Oriental Fusion Handcraft -Recycling Workshop. This workshop promotes the idea of recycling by reforming something that is once perceived as trash, and transforming it into something that is useful and helpful to others. This Reiyukai fundamental is directly seen in all the wonderful crafts that we had on display for our recycled craft showcase. Guests that attended were amazed at all the crafts that they saw and became inspired to create one for their very own.
For the demonstration workshop, guests created a custom made basket that utilized recycled milk cartons and Japanese washi paper for the decoration. Reiyukai was grateful to receive volunteers from the Pasadena Public Library that learned the level 1 workshop craft in minutes, and then quickly turned around to help the guests. The skill level needed to attend the workshop ranges from simple cutting to complex precision folds and styling. A five year old girl that attended with her mother couldn’t help but smile as they completed their craft without any struggle at all.
(Report by Rome Sotelo)