Convention is a great way to get together with fellow enthusiasts for events and activities beyond those provided as part of the convention! On this page, you can find activities organized by members for members to take place at Convention. If you've got an announcement, send it to the website team at website [at] and we'll add it to this list.

On this page:

  • Paper Tour
  • Pin Exchange
  • Origami Exhibition at The Cooper Union: Surface to Structure: Folded Forms
  • Convention 2014 on Twitter
  • Artist Trading Cards

Paper Tour

Date: Friday, June 27, 2014

Start time: 1pm

Duration: Estimate about three hours for this tour.

Starting place

Entrance to Fashion Institute of Technology at 227 West 27th Street

Things to be prepared for:

Metrocard, $11 per person.

Walking shoes


This is my third year leading this tour, and with continued assistance from Lorne, and this year we have Phil assisting as well. This year the tour has changed a bit. Paper usually seen on this tour range from kami, tant, ribbons, or washi.


Times Square: Kinokuniya 

Chinatown - Elizabeth Center, Kam Men

East Village - New York Central Art, Muji, Cooper Union (Surface to Structure reception) 

If you want to join the tour, or have any more questions please email Linda at animemiz [at], or check out #ousa14 for random chatter. 

Pin Exchange

Its Pin-damonium again peeps! Lets make some cool jaw dropping origami pins to wear and impress everyone in New York! Let them all know that Origami Mania is happening! Express yourself with your pin-statement!! Lots of fun and blings along the way. Please make at least 25 pins. Last pin exchange it helped to make closer to 50-75 pins. Making pins is about making our origami visible and bringing people into the fold!!!

The pin exchange will happen on Sunday, June 29 at 6pm, location TBD.

The first 20 people to make videos of their pin-pressions and share on Facebook get a special gift from Shrikant Iyer (your pin-ganizer) A pin-pression is basically you talking about your finished pin and what inspired you or how it expresses you as a person/folder/artist/.....!

There is a Facebook event which you can RSVP to. It will keep you updated on pin-events as we get closer to the date. You don't need to be a Facebook user to view updates or see videos and photos. Feel free to email Shrikant at shrikant.iyer [at] if you want to share something and are not on Facebook.

Origami Exhibition at The Cooper Union: Surface to Structure: Folded Forms

You are all cordially invited this summer to attend the OrigamiUSA reception of Surface to Structure: Folded Forms, a free exhibition of origami artwork in NYC, curated by Uyen Nguyen.

Location: 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY, 10003

Dates: Friday, June 27th from 3pm to 5pm. There will be a special reception for OrigamiUSA attendees right outside the 41 CS Gallery, during which light refreshments will be served as docents give guided tours of the origami artwork on display.

If you cannot make it to the reception, please come see the gallery at your leisure. The exhibition will be free and open to the public seven days a week, 11am to 10pm, from June 19 through July 4, 2014.

Surface to Structure: Folded Forms will bring together the origami works of more than 80 artists from around the world. It will include over 120 contemporary origami creations folded using a broad spectrum of styles and techniques. The exhibition will pay homage to the first ever origami exhibition in the United States (held at the Cooper Union in 1959) with which Lillian Oppenheimer was heavily involved, and it will show origami's development since that time.

For more information, please visit the Surface to Structure: Folded FormsIndiegogo webpage.

Convention 2014 on Twitter

Using mobile technology, Twitter is a fast and fun way to get involved in convention dialogue and conversation. Subscribe and/or tweet using hashtag #ousa14.

Last year Linda Yau used Twitter as part of the Oversized folding competition last year with her group ( and Azulet began with her Convention countdown of photos leading up to 2013's convention (

Join in on the conversation! Any questions or concern can contact Linda at @animemiz or animemiz [at] or just tweet using #ousa14!

Announcing the Ninth Artist Trading Card Swap at Convention 2014


What are Artist Trading Cards (ATC)? Historically they've been handmade sets of cards made by a group of artists who trade their cards ending up with new sets of cards with one card from each artist. Originally these cards did not involve origami until Jean Baden-Gillette and MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson introduced "origami" ATCs to Convention in 2006.

Origami ATCs are the same size as non-origami ATCs and baseball trading cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches or 64 x 89mm). However, these must have actual origami as part of it and be able to fit in a trading card plastic sleeve which limits the overall thickness.

Our swap honors and recognizes the spirit of the original ATC Swap at Convention by keeping it more personal and that's why we are limiting it to only attendees of the 2014 OrigamiUSA Convention. We will try to actually meet as a group to swap with each other but more importantly meeting and sharing with fellow ATC swappers.

NOTE: Unfortunately this ATC swap does not promote remote trading per se: in other words, you are asked to send cards in but you cannot expect a traded set to be sent back by us, due to prohibitive costs and coordination of shipping and handling. The only exception is if you designate an attendee of this year's convention to be responsible for your cards. So international and remote participants should coordinate on their own with an OrigamiUSA Convention 2014 attendee to return their ATCs.

Please read these guidelines for participation.


  1. Anyone who is serious about making ATCs may participate in this ATC Swap. But you must register by Monday, June 9, 2014 and you will receive an email confirmation afterwards within 48 hours. Late registrants will be put on a waiting list (See REGISTRATION).
  2. There is no official design theme for this swap. You have creative control!
  3. An official set consists of 27 cards. Only ONE SET per participant.*
  4. Each official set must be received before or no later than Wednesday, June 25, 2014, by mail, courier service or hand delivery.
  5. One of the 27 cards will be kept for the official collection and the exhibition. It will be replaced with an official Ninth ATC Swap title card for each collated set.
  6. There will be no remote swapping per se which involve sets being mailed in and traded sets being mailed back. (See REGISTRATION for the swappers who are NOT ATTENDING the convention)
  7. We will meet at the convention to receive traded sets, meet each other and to "talk swap".
  8. The group swap location will be announced by email and at the convention and we will meet on Saturday, June 28, 7:00 PM
  9. Registered participants will receive periodic emails about the ATC swap, tips on making your ATC and updates.
  10. Unofficial and private swapping of ATCs is encouraged, whether it's extras from this swap or other cards you have.
  11. You will receive an official ATC button to wear at the convention so other artists can identify and swap with you. How to receive a button will be announced by email and at the convention.
  12. Cards for this Ninth ATC Swap will be on display at Convention exhibition gallery with the name of the artist, the creator(s) of the model and artist comments.

*Recognizing that sometimes artists want ATCs from ALL participants or from specific artists, I will try to keep this exchange flexible and open enough to allow this.


  1. To register, email Talo Kawasaki at talokatcswap [at] Please include your name, email address and mobile phone number.
  2. Once registered, you will become part of a group of 26 artists. If your group does not total 26, then you'll be notified by email so that you won't need to make more cards than necessary. But extra cards are handy for private swapping.
  3. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 9, 2014. If you miss this date, you can still register and be added to any group that has less than 26 artists. However you will be put on a waiting list if all of groups are complete and full. In the event an official registrant cancels, then a wait-listed person will be added on the official registry in the order of their initial entry and notified by email within 24 hours afterwards.
  4. If you register but are NOT ATTENDING the convention, you can arrange for someone you know who is attending the Convention and agrees to be responsible for your cards. Their name and contact information (email address and mobile phone) must be included as part of registration. Whomever you designate as your ATC proxy must contact me at the convention by noon, Saturday, June 28 in person ideally (or by mobile phone) and arrange retrieval of your traded cards.
  5. If you are registered but for any reason need to cancel your participation, please contact me as soon as possible. This is important for artists in our waiting list.


  1. An official set consists of 27 cards: 2.5 x 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm. However, you are strongly encouraged to make extras for private swaps, especially if you want cards from other groups or individuals.
  2. Only one set per person.
  3. No official theme. Follow your own creative desires.
  4. Your ATCs must include origami or be an origami folded card.
  5. Please include on the back of the card a label with this info:
    • Name of the artist
    • Location of the artist
    • email address
    • Name of the origami creator(s)
    • Title of the card
    • Edition number of card, i.e. 1/27, 2/27, 3/27 etc.
    • Event: Ninth ATC Swap @Convention 2014
    • Date: June 28, 2014
  6. For the exhibition display, please include a small 100-word "artist notes" or commentary about your ATC with your set. (Optional)
  7. Please protect each card with a plastic card sleeve and respect your masterpieces.
  8. Please package your participating set in a ziplock plastic bag or similar.
  9. Mail your ATC set (ideally in a padded envelope) to:

    Talo Kawasaki
    270 Clinton Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Phone: 917.733.6563

  10. If you have designated an ATC proxy at the convention to be responsible for your cards, please include their name, email address and mobile phone number. This will help ensure you get your set of traded cards.
  11. ATCs must be received before or no later than Wednesday, June 25, 2014, by mail, courier service or hand delivery. This will allow time for your card to be displayed at the exhibition gallery on Friday, June 27th, and be collated for the swap.


  1. Registration– by Monday, June 9, 2014
  2. Mailed set received– by Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  3. Designated ATC proxy– must contact me by Saturday, June 28, 2014, noon
  4. Swap Meet up– Saturday, June 28, 7-8 pm, Location TBD


Talo Kawasaki
talokatcswap [at]

Mobile: 917.733.6563