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The OrigamiUSA Annual Convention for 2013 will be held at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, June 21–24, 2013.
The complete convention experience includes:
- Survival Kit with tote bag full of origami paper and other goodies
- OrigamiUSA 2013 Origami Collection (book of diagrams)
- OrigamiUSA 2013 T-shirt
- Friday Open House
- Saturday & Sunday classes
- Sunday evening Oversize Folding Event
- Monday classes and presentations
- Monday night dinner
Special Guest: Jorge Pardo
Jorge Pardo was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1970, and his first contact with origami was at the Japanese Pavilion at Expo Seville in 1992, where he saw models by Akira Yoshizawa. During his subsequent military service he started to fold simple figures, such as jumping frogs and paper planes, and gradually became interested in modular origami. He joined the Zaragoza origami group in 2003, and started to create his own models the following year. His modular creations, such as his Flexiball, have spread through the origami world, and he has been special guest at conventions in Spain, Italy, Peru, and Japan.
Jorge has developed or collaborated on several films incorporating origami, and has organized several major exhibitions. He's also working towards the establishment of an Origami Museum. In his non-origami life he's an industrial engineer.
Special Guest: Ralf Konrad
Ralf Konrad was born in Brandenburg, Germany in 1960. Origami fascinated him from childhood, but a visit to an origami exhibition in Paris in 1993 turned out to be a decisive event for his origami career. Later a search for a creative gift landed him on the webpage of beautiful gift boxes designed by Tomoko Fuse. This was the beginning of a wonderful journey in the realms of origami.
Over those years he attended many national and international conventions, met many origami artists and exchanged ideas. Paul Jackson's ideas and experience influenced his development significantly, as did the work of Alex Bateman. Soon he was one of the first tessellation folders and creators in Germany, and has created many models of his own, folding some of them in miniature.
In December 2006 he was invited to the Italian convention where he met Eric Gjerde, who included Ralf's work and his "Star Puff" model in his book. Ralf is a well published origami artist with his models and diagrams finding space in many national and international journals and books. He published his own booklet named "Cussinus sterne" in 2011 in Germany. He is also a proud exhibitor in "The Art and Science of Origami," an exhibition organized by the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University Library in USA in 2012 –2013. Presently, apart from being a computer administrator, Ralf is occupied with his new book on modular tessellation techniques.