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.

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.

Origami Magic with Benjamin Levy

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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