Origami Connect

Origami Connect is OrigamiUSA’s program of online classes, open to anyone anywhere in the world, whether or not you are a member of OrigamiUSA. All you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Left: Participants and their models in Meenakshi Mukerji’s class. Middle: A broadcast class with Toshikazu Kawasaki at PCOC 2019. Right: A sample class, "Reaching Utopia" by Ekaterina Lukasheva.

Origami Connect classes are taught in two sessions, Spring and Fall, with individual classes happening approximately monthly. See the class listing below. You do not need to be a member of OrigamiUSA to attend Origami Connect classes.

Classes are around 2 hours long. Live class size is limited to the first 100 registrants. All registrants will receive a link to the recording of the live event afterward. Register early! Registration and other information is in the MORE menu at upper right.

Origami Connect uses the Zoom platform to connect. You will need to install the Zoom client on your computer. Learn more about connecting with Zoom.

All Origami Connect presenters are experienced artists, folders, and/or teachers, and all Origami Connect events include a facilitator. Presenters are volunteers donating their time and talent to share the joy of origami and connect folders everywhere. Please support us to help us keep this program affordable and accessible to as many folders as possible!

Coming Up

Times listed below are U.S. Eastern Time Zone. Check here to convert to your local time.

Mask

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Fynn Jackson
Host(s)
Kathleen Sheridan
Creator(s)
Fynn Jackson
Description

Fynn Jackson, from South Africa, will teach us about mask making. The art of mask folding has become quite popular nowadays. Classical origami consists of only straight lines, in comparison, mask folding utilizes both curved lines, straight lines and other abstract angles. This opens up a whole new world of design possibilities.

We will be folding Mask 20, a design that consists of a face merged with a simple pattern. This is the perfect mask for both beginner and experienced folders. It is one of the top 3 masks normally recommended for people interest in learning this technique.

Mark your calendar for the 25th and come join us as for this unique class-We’re going to have a blast!

Supplies

Read Mask Folding Guide for more information on paper and tools: https://docdro.id/Nqperef
Crease Pattern: https://docdro.id/9qyyGWr

Blooming Flower and Rose

Monday, July 26, 2021, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Miyuki Kawamura
Host(s)
Kathleen Sheridan
Creator(s)
Miyuki Kawamura
Description

Our next continent will be Asia with Miyuki Kawamura. She will be teaching two models: A blooming flower and a rose. This will be a special treat from Miyuki who is best known for modular origami creations. Don’t miss this class to learn two beautiful flowers.

Supplies

1 sheet of 6” (15 cm) origami (kami) paper for a Blooming Flower.
1 sheet of 6” (15 cm) origami (kami) paper for a Rose. Once you have mastered the rose, try it in a nice paper like glassine. 1 sheet of 3” green and white, or green duo paper for a base of rose.
We will need tweezers to shape the center of the rose.

Froebel Art

Saturday, August 7, 2021, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Mariela Recinos
Host(s)
Kathleen Sheridan
Creator(s)
Mariela Recinos
Description

We return to North America for this class with Mariela Recinos known on social media as Origami Maniacs. She will be teaching us a beautiful quilt model that can be used as a brooch, quilt or modular. The unit is based on a Froebel design using multiple pieces of paper. Join us to learn this versatile model.

Supplies

Materials for a 4 unit Quilt:
4 sheets of 15x15 cm paper for outer layer
4 sheets of 15x15 cm paper for flowers (duo paper recommended)
1 sheet of 10x10 cm paper for connector in center
Each unit has 2 sheets

Zinnia Fractal Modular

Saturday, August 14, 2021, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EDT
Level
High Intermediate
Presenter
Aldos Marcell
Host(s)
Kathleen Sheridan
Creator(s)
Aldos Marcell
Description

We travel to South America to meet Aldos Marcell. Aldos is a biologist, specializing in botany. He likes to design plant representations. We will be folding his Zinnia Fractal Model today. The model consists of multiple rings...we will make the outer ring and you can keep on going! Don't miss this special treat with Aldos!

Supplies

3 Sheets of each: 9”; 6”; 4” will make a 3 ring fractal. Kami will work well.

Origami Truchet Tiling

Saturday, August 21, 2021, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EDT
Level
High Intermediate
Presenter
Winnie Leung
Host(s)
Kathleen Sheridan
Creator(s)
Winnie Leung
Description

For our last class we will travel down under to Australia and meet up with Winnie Leung. She will be teaching us about Truchet Tiles. Truchet Tiles were first described by Sebastian Truchet way back in 1704. The original version consists of squares split along the diagonal, with one half colored black and one half colored white (which means there are 4 possible variations). These 4 tiles can then be combined to form very intricate patterns.

In this class, Winnie will demonstrate a simple method to create any combination of Truchet Tiling of any size (in theory) via origami.
But be prepared to do lots of closed sinks!
(There won’t be enough time to make the 6x6 model. However, we’ll go through enough theory and practice so you can make your own big version in your own time).

Supplies

A few sheets of strong 6” paper like Tant or copy paper (cut into squares). Kami is not recommended-too fragile.

Questions? Email us at origamiconnect [at] origamiusa.org.