# Origami Connect - Past Events

These are all of the Origami Connect classes taught since the program began. If you'd like to see a repeat, or have an idea for a class, send it to origamiconnect [at] origamiusa.org.

### Starlight

Date and Time
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Janet Yelle

The Starlight model is made from a hexagon and can be lit up! Tessellation techniques like triangle twists are used so strong paper is essential. Otherwise, as with tessellations, the paper may rip and will be hard to shape.
Materials needed:
Paper - 12" square paper, making it into a hexagon will be shown or White 6 inch hexagon (6 inches per side) of Canson Mix Media or Canson Mi-Teintes paper (98 pound). *Using white works best with the LED light.
Elephant hide paper will work but tends to be more opaque.
Light - 2 or 3 inch LED puck light works well for this size hexagon. These lights usually come with a remote which is great so you don’t have to keep removing the light from the model to operate it. They are available on line and at local discount stores.

### Enrica Dray Star, Petra Star, Six Pointed Star

Date and Time
Sunday, December 1, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
Level
Unrated
Presenter
Char Morrow/Janet Yelle

Janet
Enrica Dray Star is a modular star from 8 squares. The modules are simple and the assembly is intermediate. It's a fun, versatile star that has dimension but can also lie flat. Lots of beautiful results can be attained with different papers and variations. Pretty on a card, as a decoration and can even be used as a pin.

Char
Petra Star is a super easy model by Maria Sinayskaya...great for the inexperienced folder, but advanced folders love it as well. It is very rewarding for the little time spent, and a great “quick fold” if you want to thank someone on the spot --- as long as you have 4 sheets of paper available!
Materials required: 4 squares. The models shown are made from 7.5 cm (3 in) --- one from duo and one from regular kami. Paper weight of kami or duo. Mono is not recommended. You will also need a slicer or scissors since we will be cutting each sheet of paper in half into 2 rectangles.

The 6 Pointed Star by Lewis Simon Is intermediate level. It is made from 2 equilateral triangles. Char will teach how to make the equilateral triangles, which is most of the challenge of the model. It's an easy model to fold once you have the triangles and very clever in the way the two units interconnect. As a bonus, Char will teach a sailboat model (pictured) that she designed with the leftover paper from making the equilateral triangle from a square. It is very easy to fold.
In addition to teaching, Char will talk about her work in origami and mathematics and about her work in math-art. She will tailor her remarks to the interests of the audience, so get your questions ready. You can even send questions ahead of time to origamiconnect [at] origamiusa.org

### Expanding Star

Date and Time
Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Jeannine Mosely

This is a modular action model folded from 18 rectangles. It transforms from a 6 pointed star into a larger hexagon and back.

Date and Time
Sunday, November 10, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
Level
Intermediate
Presenter

It's the Circle of Life! Joe Adia presents mask designs based on the Disney characters of Mufasa and Scar from "The Lion King". More specifically the masks from the Broadway musical! They are intermediate models folded from bird bases that use easy to follow shaping for the most heroic and sinister expressions of a lion.

Date and Time
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Level
Complex
Presenter
Ryan Charpentier

This is a complex model
The best paper for this model is double tissue.
Foil will work fine but should be a minimum of 12 inches.
To purchase double tissue paper that Ryan makes, contact him via email at ryansharpie13 [at] gmail.com
One 19" X 29" sheet is $6 plus shipping. Or if you buy 10 get 2 free. Orders are taken anytime, but note if you’d like the paper to arrive in time for folding along on the 26th, please order by Friday, Oct 11. ### Aspen Leaf and Birch Leaf Date and Time Saturday, October 12, 2019, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm EDT Level High Intermediate Presenter Meenakshi Mukerji Aspen Leaf and Birch Leaf designs are from single uncut squares and inspired by Atsuko Kawate's Shining Heart. These beautiful leaves will be in Meenakshi’s upcoming new edition of Wondrous One Sheet Origami, CRC Press. Level - High Intermediate. Material - 6" square of any foliage color, variegated or harmony would be nice. ### Twelve Months of Letterfolds Date and Time Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT Level Low Intermediate Presenter Patty Grodner (for OAS Fundraiser) Description: Patty Grodner will teach a letter-fold for each month of the year. (That’s right! 12 models in this one session!) She will show techniques to use paper, graphic design and quotes to enhance the models. Patty has been folding since 1986. She was a volunteer for OrigamiUSA for 3 years and sent Thank you letter-folds to the NY local volunteers. She loved the challenge of finding charming letter-folds and personal ways to convey thanks to the volunteers. Materials Needed: Will be emailed to participants closer to event. ### Prismatic Star Date and Time Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT Level Intermediate Presenter Janet Yelle Janet Yelle has been folding since 1988. She attended her first OrigamiUSA convention in NYC in 1990 and has attended all of them since then. She leads a local group called Valley Folders that has been meeting monthly for well over 15 years at a local library. The Prismatic Star is a 7-pointed, box pleated 3D model from a square, and was one of the first models Janet created (c. 1990). Materials: a square sheet of origami paper, 6” (aka 15 cm) ### Ornamental Omega Star Date and Time Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT Level Intermediate Presenter Mike Naughton Mike Naughton will teach his Ornamental Omega Star, which is a fancier version of the well-known Sullivan/Shen Omega Star. Mike discovered it when he was exploring the connection between the Omega Star and Robert Neale's Octahedral Ornament. These explorations yielded a series of models that Mike calls the Continuum, which will be briefly discussed during the session. The Ornamental Omega Star has twelve points, and it also seems to contain an embedded skeletal octahedron. Familiarity with the Omega Star will be helpful but is not required. Materials: The model is made from six squares of paper (6" Kami works well), and two sheets each of three different colors are recommended. A seventh sheet is also needed to make a template. ### Camel Date and Time Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST Level Complex Presenter Seth Friedman This new design by Seth Friedman uses angles and shapes from the Traditional Crane reimagined to form a complex realistic camel. You’ll love the neat, streamlined folding sequence, full of satisfying collapses and maneuvers for the experienced folder. Materials: Participants will need to bring a sheet of paper at least 12 inches square. You can also use a larger sheet. For a challenge you may use 10 inch foil, but 10 inch kami is not recommended. ### Penguin Date and Time Sunday, February 3, 2019, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST Level Complex Presenter Enrique Martinez (for OAS Fundraiser) Join Enrique Martinez and learn how to fold his penguin model, which he recently designed during one of his OAS group folding challenges. He is a designer, regular convention-goer (and teacher), and an all-around funny guy. He likes folding models that incorporate color changes and that suggest actual things or animals but are not very realistic. Enrique's models have appeared in convention books and his monkey diagram (plus and interview with Enrique) can be found here: https://origamiusa.org/thefold/article/origami-designers-secrets-enrique... This is going to be a fun session! Participants need: 1 square 10' (24cm) kami that has a different color on one side. Enrique is a member of the talented and inspiring designer group called OAS (Origami Always Succeed!) from Barcelona Spain. OAS meets weekly, constantly challenging each other to improve their origami craft. Additionally, they are well-known for their generosity and light-hearted approach to folding ("Precision is for the weak!"). A fundraiser is underway to bring all of OAS to the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention (PCOC) in Portland, Oregon (Sept. 12-15, 2019). If you wish to learn more, visit https://fundrazr.com/OAS-PCOC2019 ### Turtle Date and Time Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST Level High Intermediate Presenter Marc Vigo (for OAS fundraiser) Join Marc Vigo and learn how to fold his life-like turtle (Tuga) model. Marc's designs have been published in multiple Pajarita magazines, convention books, NOA Magazine, The Paper, and many others. He has created over 50 models, including many of the corresponding diagrams and CPs. In addition to designing, he enjoys teaching, and challenging his fellow folders to take chances and experiment more. To see more of his work, visit his Flickr page. If there's extra time, Marc definitely wishes to teach an additional model. Yay! Participants need: 1 square 10' (24cm) kami that has a different color on one side. Marc is a member of the talented and inspiring designer group called OAS (Origami Always Succeed!) from Barcelona Spain. OAS meets weekly, constantly challenging each other to improve their origami craft. Additionally, they are well-known for their generosity and light-hearted approach to folding ("Precision is for the weak!"). A fundraiser is underway to bring all of OAS to the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention (PCOC) in Portland, Oregon (Sept. 12-15, 2019). If you wish to learn more, visit https://fundrazr.com/OAS-PCOC2019 ### Snowflake Date and Time Saturday, January 19, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST Level Complex Presenter Jared Needle Complex snowflake from a hexagon. This design requires precise folding, and features a fun and advanced folding sequence that includes many closed sinks and open unsinks. Jared will demonstrate how to cut a hexagon from a square, but feel free to start with one already made. Jared Needle is an origami artist from Los Angeles, California. He specializes in the complex-representational and inside-out styles of origami. His work has been featured on House MD, Superhuman, in commercials for Rotary and Clear, and in galleries around the United States, as well as the traveling museum exhibit Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami. Find him on Instagram @oriholic. Materials you’ll need: a square of thin paper at least 8 inches on a side, a knife, straightedge, and a cutting surface. ### Lillian's First Lesson and Teaching Tips Date and Time Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST Level Unrated Presenter Jan Polish Lillian Oppenheimer was famous for teaching beginners and encouraging them to continue in origami. She developed her First Lesson using models that were easy to teach and easy to fold, and which increased origami skill-building and self-esteem. In this class, Jan will teach you the simple models Lillian loved and show you the best ways to teach them to others. (jumping frog from biz card, sail boat, swan, either Star basket or blow-up bunny) Materials: 8-1/2 x 11, index cards, 6” Kami. ### Stella Date and Time Saturday, November 17, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST Level Unrated Presenter Evan Zodl Join Evan Zodl and learn his original model, Stella. Evan is an origami artist, surf photographer, and software engineer. He has been folding paper for over 13 years, and in an effort to share his passion with the world, he began making instructional origami videos on YouTube in 2008. Since that time, he has taught origami to millions of people around the globe through his videos. In 2009, he began designing his own unique models inspired by fractals, spirals, and recursive patterns found in nature. We are excited to have Evan be a presenter on Origami Connect this fall! Materials: The students will need 8 square sheets of paper with a different color on each side. 3" to 6” squares are recommended. ### Cube Box with Drawers Date and Time Saturday, October 27, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT Level Intermediate Presenter Deb Pun Join us welcoming a fantastic teacher, Deb Pun, who will teach this clever and popular model taught by Akiko Yamanashi at the recent OrigamiUSA convention in June. Although Akiko has a similar model in her recent book, this model is not yet published and has some clever paper ratios. If you can’t attend the session live, you will receive the recording link after the event. Materials needed: This model will require a total of 3 sheets of 6 inch (15 cm) kami, 2 sheets for the box and 1 sheet for the drawer. I recommend to use larger sheets 9 inch (24 cm) for your first model. ### Ryu Zin Jr 2.1 Date and Time Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT Level Complex Presenter Jason Ku Join us for our first 2 Session Event! When you sign up for this you will be able to join us for both days. Session 1: Saturday, September 22, 2018; 12:00-2:00 pm Eastern Session 2: Sunday, September 23, 2018; 12:00 pm-4:00 pm Eastern In Session 1, Jason will talk about growing up with origami, his evolving growth in origami design, running OrigaMIT, and more. During Session 2, Jason will teach his amazing convention ‘hit’ model, Ryu Zin 2.1. Inspired by Satoshi Kamiya's ultra-complex model, this model is a substantially simplified version of a baby eastern dragon, considerably shorter and less detailed. Students should have experience folding box-pleated models from crease patterns. If you can’t attend both or all the session, you will receive the recording link after the event. Materials: Please come to class with a square of paper at least 12in on a side, already pre-creased in a 32 x 32 grid. ### Singing Fish Date and Time Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT Level Low Intermediate Presenter Gilad Aharoni Gilad Aharoni has been folding and accumulating origami books for over 30 years. At some point, he started making lists of what's inside his books, but new books kept on coming and he never stopped. Those lists are now available for all to search at http://www.giladorigami.com Along the way, Gilad has also designed a few of his own models. He'll teach one of his first and favorite designs: The Singing Fish - a fun action models from a$ bill. He will also talk about his database and website, and how he owes his current livelihood to origami.

Materials needed: Please have a US dollar bill ready, or any longish rectangle of any kind of paper.

### Bassett Hound

Date and Time
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Level
Complex
Presenter
Ryan Charpentier

In honor of the Year of the Dog, Ryan will be teaching the Basset Hound by Lee Jae gu. It is a complex model and will take the full 2 hours. Kami will work for this model, however, Ryan suggests using double tissue or tissue foil if you are able for best results. A large paper, at least 10-15" is needed.

This model was created by Lee Jae Gu and published in an OrigamiUSA convention book.

Ryan quickly came on the origami scene and has become an internet sensation. He is an excellent folder who enjoys complex models. He recently created his first model, a roadrunner.

He is excited to lead you through this complex model, the Basset Hound on Origami Connect.

### Turtle

Date and Time
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level
High Intermediate
Presenter
Beth Johnson

Beth will teach a turtle she designed using a tessellation pattern. The model is folded from a hexagon and uses a triangle grid of 16ths. We will start with a square and Beth will begin by showing you how fold and cut a hexagon and then how to fold a triangle grid.

Materials needed:
Paper: One 10" Square sheet of paper OR a pre-cut hexagon. A slightly heavier paper is recommended for this model. Elephant hide works well, but copy paper can work too. Kami or foil paper is not recommended.

Tools: A ruler and some way to cut the paper (scissors, x-acto knife + cutting mat, etc). Unless you have a pre-cut hexagon.

### Crystal

Date and Time
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Char Morrow

Char will teach this beautiful model designed by Robert Neale. She is so excited that she was able to bring this model out of hiding a couple of years ago. Robert shared many other interesting models and ideas in collaboration with Mike Naughton. (Note that this document can be purchased for download on the OrigamiUSA website.) The crystal is elegantly simple, though, as with so many modulars, it has a couple of fun and clever steps. Time permitting, some variations will be shared.

In addition to teaching the Crystal, Char will talk about her work in origami and mathematics and about her work in math-art. She will tailor her remarks to the interests of the audience, so get your questions ready. You can even send questions ahead of time to origamiconnect [at] origamiusa.org

Materials needed: The crystal can be made with 4, 5, 6, or 7 pieces of paper. Char recommends that you start with 6 pieces of kami, 2 different colors (e.g, 3 of one color and 3 of another color). Alternating colors makes it easier to see the structure. Plain rather than patterned paper is highly recommended for learning. You may want to have some patterned paper on hand to fold a second model. Duo paper is not a good choice, as the back side of the paper does not show.

### Star

Date and Time
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST
Level
Unrated
Presenter
Ali Bahmani

Ali Bahmani is an origami artist/instructor based in Tehran who grew up as a child in Japan. He has studied Mathematics and he is now getting his Master's degree in Museum Studies. He has designed and published his diagrams internationally in origami publications from the USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and more.

Ali likes simplicity and appreciates simple and elegant origami models, especially geometrical ones. Most of his designs have geometric structure with certain design and aesthetic qualities in the final result. His latest series of origami designs, named "Patterns and Shadows", incorporates lights and shadows into geometrical models to produce beautiful and pleasing artworks.

Teaching is one of Ali's favorite activities. He has held several origami workshops in Iranian schools and at universities and Japan for all ages and backgrounds.

You can Also find Ali at his Instagram & Facebook where he posts about his origami journey and passions.

### Multi-Box with Optional Toppers

Date and Time
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Arlene Gorchov

Arlene Gorchov, origami enthusiast, international convention attendee and fantastic teacher, will share a multi box with optional toppers. The box is by White Paper, In-Kyoung Lee from Korea and is rated as low intermediate. Arlene has creatively embellished the multibox with various toppers from other creators. The box is a delightful container with a diagonal opening created from a pinwheel base. It can be embellished by glueing favorite flowers or decorations to camouflage the diagonal opening. Arlene will teach 1 -
2 toppers as time allows.

Supplies needed:

Paper:
For your first box I recommend
12" scrapbooking paper for the Box
2 or 3 pieces of 6" (duo optional) paper for the various toppers
1 or 2 pieces of 3"sheets as inserts
2 or 3 pieces of 6” for the flowers/stars

### The Buzz

Date and Time
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Marc Kirchenbaum

The buzz about the next Origami Connect is true – there will be bees! An intermediate level model will be taught, along with a simpler take on the subject. Time permitting, a flower might be thrown in for good measure. All models will be taught by Marc Kirschenbaum, the origami wiz who designed these cute pieces. Typical of origami experts, Marc has authored many books, has been showcased in multiple exhibitions, and has even had a few private shows in his hometown in NYC. The fun in origami is in the folding - Marc likes to set his work apart by having interesting and engaging sequences. These bees are no exception, and have the added feature of being flat for use as a card decoration.

### Curly Locks

Date and Time
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Meenakshi Mukerji

She will teach a modular published in her book, Exquisite Modular Origami II and also in the British Origami Magazine #276 in 2012. It is an intermediate modular and it would be good for folders to have some experience with modulars. We will make the 12 unit assembly in the class however the photo is for a 30 unit model.

******Supplies***********
12 sheets of 4-6" Corona Harmony (although solid colors are okay)
Chopsticks or other tool for curling.