S: TOYGAMI UNFOLDING THE DREAM VOL.1
FC: UNFOLDING | THE | DREAM | volume one
1: toygami \toi-ga-me\ noun : the paper engineering art or process of designing, printing, cutting, folding and gluing of paper into representational shapes or characters | .. | _ | .
2: It was all a dream that one rainy Saturday morning when my then four year old daughter and I had just finished our ritual of watching cartoons and eating big bowls of cereal. After all the cartoons and educational programs on PBS had gone off, the rain seemed to intensify, meaning this was going to be an inside day of play for the both of us. With nothing more to watch on television, she suggested that we craft something. Before she could walk or even talk, this little artist could hold a pencil, a crayon, or a pen and could draw amazingly well. From birth I had been grooming her to be a free thinking artist and follow in my footsteps. Her grand mother was a fine artist and I was a urban artist so art was something always being done in our home .Crafting was a way that she and I spent our father daughter time together, so these types of request always kept me on my toes as a graphic and visual artist. Today's craft project came from an old Highlight magazine and had a die-cut paper doll for us to punch out. It took us only a few minutes to remove the paper doll and her three outfits from the printed page. | No sooner than we had folded over all the clothing tabs and dressed the paper doll in a variety of clothing combinations, she looked up at me and said, "Dad this was boring. We should make our own paper dolls, and we should make then look like the characters in your graffiti art books.” It was like watching an animated episode of Pinky and the Brain. I saw the light bulb shining brightly above her head, and, with each added idea, it shined brighter. Her enthusiasm was overwhelming intoxicating. "Well, boys don't play with dolls," I said, trying to make her think outside the box. "Boys make paper airplanes, and they play with those, so we should call them paper toys," she suggested. "They should have paper
3: clothes that look like real clothes and shoes you can lace and tie.” This artistic exchange of ideas had me taking notes, as if I was the student and this four year old little girl was my teacher. In all my years of college, I never could have come up with such an amazing concept, I thought to myself. Thank goodness a degree in visual art and graphic design gave me the proper foundation to turn her ideas into a tangible good. This was my moment of truth. That night, while she slept, I worked late into the evening designing and sketching from the laundry list of notes I had taken. Nothing was more important than showing a child that if you can think it and work hard at it, everything is possible. I had become consumed by the imagination of a child thus making me conjure up all my emotions I had as a young boy growing up in Compton wanting to make Muppets for Jim Henson or draw cartoons for Warner Brothers. At that moment I was living my dream. A college education had given me the proper tools to succeed but she gave me the child like imagination to dream the impossible and make it possible. I believe a child's imagination is one of the most important untapped natural resources, and I was lucky enough to tap into it, unearth my inner child, as wells as the inner child that lies dormant within us all. Toygami is our gift to you. Thank you for all your support in keeping our dreams alive and "may the folds be with you." | Make toys not war, J. Edwards
4: "Don't count the years...count the memories." | "LOOK AT ME NOW."
5: VON DON
6: SPRAYCAN MONSTER | "TOYGAMI is...a new school way of art with old school roots, honoring traditional origami." -KidCam
7: "Make them look like the characters in your graffiti art books." -Jayda | "HIP-HOP SMOOTHED OUT ON AN ORIGAMI TIP WITH A POP CULTURE APPEAL TO IT."
8: " I STARTED OUT WITH NOTHING MORE THAN A DREAM & FOLDED SHEET OF PAPER."
9: DO YOU NOT THEM CLOTHNG BRAND,DAY OF THE DONUT
10: THE GAMER
11: THE GAMER | "THIS CREATION GOT ME THE COVER OF CITY BEAT MAGIZINE & WON ME A BLUE RIBBON AT THE 2011 L.A COUNTY FAIR."
12: "I DID THIS CUTE LITTLE GUY FOR MY PALS OVER AT DESIGN-CON,ITS KIND OF LIKE COMIC-CON, BUT FOR GRAPHIC ARTIST." | DESIGN CON
14: "DURING YEAR ONE MY LOCAL CLOTHING BRANDS KEPT US LOOKING FASHIONABLE & FOR THIS WE THANK YOU."
15: "KANYE WEST BEAR WON US 2010 BEST NEW ARTIST IN THE I.E & WAS FEATURED ON THE COVER OF I.E WEEKLY."
16: "I WILL NEVER FORGET THE FIRST TIME I WALKED INTO LRG, IT WAS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE TO WORK WITH ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN URBAN FASHION.' | LRG GIRAFFE
17: 2011 L.A COUNTY FAIR BLUE RIBBON WINNER
18: "I NAMED THIS ONE AFTER MY FRIEND WHO MOVED FROM NYC TO CALI. THIS 5 FOOT GUY IS STILL A BEAST IN THE STREETS WITH A SKATEBOARD, A BAT OR HIS STRAP."
20: "GOTTA BE THE SHOES."
22: THE HUNDREDS ADAM BOMB | "ANY SHAPE CAN BE MADE USING A MATHEMATHICAL VIEWPOINT & A FINITE NUMBER OF FOLDS."
25: "I HAVE HAD TO STRUGGLE ALL MY LIFE. IT DRIVES MY CREATIVE SPIRIT & I DONT KNOW HOW TO GET ALONG WITH OUT IT."
27: "THE RECIPE FOR THIS PASTERY IS STILL TOP SECRET."
28: "A child is one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys we can ever know, & one of the reasons why there is a little extra love, laughter and happiness in your world today. I thankful for your endless imagination as well as your creativity, with out you none of this would have been possible. "
29: Special Thanks to: Kerry Sawyers for all the photos she has taken over the years, my family & friends that truly stand by my side, all the brands ( LRG, SKULLCANDY, IMKING, EK5, GLK, DUNT, BBI, SOULFUL COMMANDOE, SEEDLESS, NEFF )that kept me looking fresh, Gallery 475, Division 9, Foggy Windows, Gallery EK5, The Globe, Back 2 the Grind, Kleen House, Visual Art Gallery, Gallery A.K.A, Writerz Block, Art Lab for allowing me to showcase my talent, the city of Compton, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, Riverside, Inland Empire and San Diego, West Angeles Church of God In Christ for putting the faith & fear of God in me as a kid, Facebook friends and fans, Twitter followers, I.E Weekly staff, City Beat Staff, Daily Bulletin staff,the net bloggers & reporters, my fellow paper artist around the globe,VICCI my IMAC (R.IP), KRS-ONE, HIP-HOP & Graffiti art, Office Max Staff, Eco I.D Printing, G3 Holistic Co-Op, NO Sucker DJ's, last but not least i want to thank the city streets that help raise me and the many mentors that helped me to focus my artistic energy. | Jovee Edwards