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.

Snowflake

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
Level
Complex
Presenter
Jared Needle
Description

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

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Unrated
Presenter
Jan Polish
Description

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

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Unrated
Presenter
Evan Zodl
Description

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

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Deb Pun
Description

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

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Level
Complex
Presenter
Jason Ku
Description

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Gilad Aharoni
Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Origami Magic with Benjamin Levy

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Benjamin Levy
Description

Magician, memory expert and origami master Benjamin Levy combines three talents in one very special session: Learn a magic trick you can perform, which you will fold, enhanced by his mnemonic tricks...

This session received rave reviews at prior conventions (OUSA and Columbus) and the trick is similar to one Benjamin uses in his performances everywhere from corporate events to the White House.

For more on Benjamin and his magic, go to benjaminlevymemory.com -
Or google his performances on The Martha Show!

*********SUPPLIES************

1. Six different-colored 3 ½” squares of memo-cube paper. Benjamin will use:

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Pink

2. One 5 ¼” square of black/charcoal, heavy (60 lb.ish) paper for lid. Benjamin uses Strathmore Art paper - it is solid colored but has a mottled texture that gives the paper a little life and depth.

3. One 9” square of the same paper for the box proper

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Talo Kawasaki
Description

"Necessity is the mother of invention," they say. That's often what's behind Talo Kawasaki's own origami. It was true for his Cosi Bunny in Creased magazine. It was true later when Talo needed another bunny, even easier to fold.

See and hear what Talo thinks about as he creates a new model(s). If there's time, we'll fold a few different bunnies, maybe even try some painting and texture techniques. Including a new bunny created just for this which he’ll reveal during the session. Dare we say – its necessity for Origami Connect is the mother of its invention?

********Supplies********

6" Kami

Super-Duper Collapsible Gift Box, Candy Dish, Flat Gift Box, Crown, and Envelope

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Unrated
Presenter
Laura Kruskal
Description

Super-Duper Collapsible Gift Box, Candy Dish, Flat Gift Box, Crown, and Envelope -- a set of eye-catching holiday modular models, created by Laura Kruskal in 2016.

An earlier version of Laura Kruskal's Super-Duper Collapsible Gift Box was a hit at the 2016 OrigamiUSA convention. Laura has continued to improve the model and its spin-offs. This is the result -- perfect for holiday surprises!

At 93, Laura Kruskal has been passionate about origami for 7 decades, even before her beloved mother-in-law, Lillian Oppenheimer, founded OrigamiUSA (then the Origami Center of America).

This edition of OrigamiConnect gives you a chance to learn 5 of her original models and to see Laura's internationally acclaimed teaching methods in action. Along the way, you will get a sneak-peek at her home, a veritable museum of origami.

Joining Laura is Karen Reeds, a longtime folder, creator, and teacher. For more than ten years, Karen and Laura have led the monthly meetings of the Princeton Public Library Origami Group.

Participants will need to pre-fold 16 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inch 20 or 24 lb printer paper, in at least 2 contrasting colors/patterns. A creasing tool is helpful.

On registration, participants will receive PDFs of:
1) a diagram for pre-creasing the 16 modules,
and
2) the International Origami Anthem, for printing out and folding into the Envelope.

The Super-Duper Collapsible Gift Box is an impressive cube, 5 1/2 inches on each side. It uses 16 very simple modules, folded from standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch 20 or 24 lb printer paper, in contrasting colors.
The Candy Dish uses 4 of the modules and becomes the lid or base of the Box.
The Flat Gift Box uses 8 of the modules, for a square gift box, with lid and decorative handles.
The Crown is the first, simplest, and most popular of all the Convention Crowns that Laura has created for Origami USA over the past 20+ years. It uses 4 modules. Constructing the Super-Duper Collapsible Gift Box requires 2 Crowns, so 8 modules in all.

Two Fold Alphabet

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Unrated
Presenter
Jeannine Mosely
Description

Live from OrigamiMIT, Jeannine will teach a 2 fold Alphabet. In addition, stay tuned for a possible surprise event by Jason Ku.

Basic Origami Corrugation Techniques

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Level
Unrated
Presenter
Ben Parker
Description

Ben will take viewers on a tour of his studio space and go over how he frames or otherwise displays tessellations for art galleries. Afterward, he will go over some basic techniques for corrugation design.

Modular Hybrid Unit and Its Math

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Tom Hull
Description

Professor Tom Hull (from the math department of Western New England University) will teach his Hybrid Unit which uses duo paper (say, white on one side and a color on the other, or fancier paper with two colors, one on each side, if you have it) to make many models of different sizes and different color patterns.  The unit is not hard and it locks well.  It can make a 5-unit spinning top, a 12-unit star shape (stellated octahedron), or even bigger models requiring 30, 48, 60, or more units.  To understand the variety of shapes and color patterns you can make will require a little bit of math, but not equations or formulas.  No no, it requires understanding how 3D shapes work, and Dr. Hull is a very good teacher!  So do not let the math scare you!  Join this class and expand your modular repertoire!

Ostera

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Isa Klein
Description

Description: "Flower variations, following the sequence of the evolution of the creative process. We will start from the preparation of the pentagon, from a square. And we will end with ideas for arrangements, including a base made of aluminum (or other soft) wires, which will also work as a base."

Participants will need:
1 Square 6" (15 cm) Kami. Foil works well also.

Isa Klein is a prolific creator who lives in Brazil. She has a website, http://www.isaklein.com, where she shares her origami, YouTube videos and galleries of her work.

Pentagonal Star Flower

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Leyla Torres
Description

Description:

Participants will learn how to cut a pentagon from a square and how to fold a pentagonal star flower.

Participants will need:
- One square piece of printer paper at least -It can be 8 x 8 inches
- Scissors or x-acto knife to cut the paper.

Leyla has a website, Origami Spirit http://www.origamispirit.com , dedicated to origami and creativity.

Circular Origami Corrugation whose pattern is inspired by the Fibonacci Skirt for VOGEL.

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Uyen Nguyen and Lea Freni
Description

Description

Join Uyen Nguyen and Lea Freni for a conversation about their collaboration on origami fashion. Special for this Origami Connect Event, Nguyen will teach a circular origami corrugation whose pattern is inspired by the Fibonacci Skirt for VOGEL.

Participants need:
One square of 6" (15 cm) square sheet of paper and a pair of scissors.

Uyen Nguyen has been collaborating with Lea Freni for the 2016 Spring/Summer collection of VOGEL, an emerging contemporary womenswear brand that recently debuted at Vancouver Fashion Week. The collection is embedded with the latest research in origami mechanics, based on Nguyen's own designs and research at Cornell University's Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics. Uyen is a board member of OrigamiUSA.

Reaching Utopia

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Ekaterina (Kate) Lukasheva
Description

Join us for a presentation and class by Ekaterina Lukasheva. This workshop features the Utopia origami modular designed by Ekaterina Lukasheva. The modular has distorted pyramids that seem to float separately from the body of the model. Since they are not at the surface, Kate named the module Utopia which can be translated from the Greek as “no place” (ou="not” + topos="place"). In addition to teaching the model, Kate will explain the idea behind the module and how it can be folded from various paper sizes. She will also give a glimpse into her creation process.

The module can be used to create shapes from 3, 6, 12, 30 units (and more). The class will show the construction for 30 or 12 units. The 30-piece model will not be completed during the 2-hour event, but attendees will have the information to complete the model on their own.

Participants need:
Paper recommended for each unit is a 1 x 2 ratio (5cm x 10cm). The preference is for relatively thick paper such as Elephant Hide or Stardream. Tant will also work, but the thicker paper is easier. Constructing the model from kami will not work since it is too thin.

Ekaterina Lukasheva is the author of the book Kusudama Origami. Her second book was recently published in October, 2015 and is called Modern Kusudama Origami. Kate’s website is http://www.kusudama.me/OrigamiUSA members can read an interview with Kate on The Fold https://origamiusa.org/thefold/article/origami-designers-secrets-ekateri....

Free Kick-off Origami Connect Event

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander
Description

Join us for a presentation and class by Origamido Studio, hosted by Ruthanne Bessman: an interview with Michael LaFosse & Richard Alexander and immediately after a class with Michael on the Dim Sum Bun and a new wet-folding technique.

Participants need:
1 square 6' (15 cm) kami

Origamido Studio specializes in original fine art, mostly of natural history subjects, and collaborate with other origami designers and fine artists to produce artworks of folded, custom, hand-made papers, exhibited at major showings of origami fine art around the world. They have a large collection of origami books they have published, most recently a book about origami jewelry. Learn more about Origamido Studio at http://origamido.com