OGDEN — Storyteller Megan Hicks gave her listeners at the Weber State University Storytelling Festival colorful squares of paper and asked them to follow her lead as she told them a children’s story of a sick puppy, sad to miss a valentine exchange at school.
The story was from a dog-eared storybook, Hicks told those attending her Monday origami workshop.
She showed them how to fold their papers in half, book style, then add dog-ear folds. The story’s puppy sneezed twice, inspiring Hicks to fold down two corners and make the shape of a triangular roof atop the apartment where the puppy lived, Hicks continued. A few steps later, someone took an elevator up to the puppy’s apartment, so Hicks folded the bottom of her origami upward.
By the time the story’s puppy protagonist noticed his teacher’s valentine, slipped under his apartment door, each of Hicks’ listeners was holding a colorful heart he or she had folded, highlighted with white from the flip side of the origami paper.