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These classes have been submitted and are in the approval process. Some may not appear on the final schedule.
This class will be run as a workshop. It is better to start with a big clumsy, simple unit that you thoroughly master and understand, and then progress to smaller paper and more complex units.
The strips should be in the proportion of 1:6. You will have more time to fold if you have your strips cut before the class. Prepare 6 strips (or more) for class. Please choose your strip size in accordance with your ability.
In this class, I will be teaching one of my original models, a box of brownies. This model utilizes box-pleating to create a 3D corrugation pattern for the brownies and uses the rest of the paper for the box with a lid included! The entire model is from one sheet, and underneath the box you'll find a nice diamond pattern created from the pleated corrugation. If time permits, I will teach you how to fold a knife to cut the brownies!
This kusudama is named after the hydrangea flower. Although each unit looks like one of those childhood fortune teller units, it’s not. There are pockets and tabs on the outside of each unit that allow the pieces to be joined together.
The folds in this model are fairly straight forward. You’ll have to be familiar with folding into thirds, squash folds, and the basics.
This is the simplest tessellation I was able to design, which despite the simplicity still looks good. A great model for folders just starting with tessellations and for those who want to try tessellations for the first time.
This is a fun, intermediate, modular fold, which uses 12 left-handed and 12 right-handed ‘Pyramid Color’ units, designed by the late Norishige Terada and is folded from bronze rectangles (1:√3).
Demonstration video: https://youtu.be/PlhhqmEEqJM
Article showing an exhibition of the Pyramid Color Unit: https://www.holmelee.co.uk/origami/pyramid_color_article.pdf
This class will teach the beauty of bees in nature. I love the intricate features nature has bestowed upon bees and their ability to create hives for them to reside in. This is my original high-intermediate model that will follow a moderate paced speed. I recommend that you familiarize yourself with reverse folds and the water-bomb base prior to this workshop, however all are welcome to enjoy this experience.
I designed this model earlier this year. I began by designing a rather simple dog head. Then I used border grafts to add the butterfly. The base is quite versatile and the butterfly could be modified into many things. It is quite satisfying to fold and not very tricky, provided you have the experience required for an inermediate.
This puppy's most distinctive feature is that it's folded from a tilted grid, a still novel and unexplored field of origami design. Although the sequence is about as easy as it gets for tilted grid models, the face can be very tricky to shape right. After folding the model, we will take a look at some of the properties of the tilted grid method and a crash course of how to use it.
This is a model that I have modified to hold 3" (7.5 cm) paper or you can change the dimensions to hold any square that you want. It is a self closing, one piece box. The original model is called Gift Box by Ms Shoko Aoyagi. I will explain how to measure the paper. The way I will teach the model is different than the diagram because of the modifications.
You will learn to make three eight-piece flat modular origami models -- the first does not change shape but the next two are action models:
This sturdy wreath joins simple units with a nifty and secure lock. Each side is different but both only have rotational symmetry.
Octagram Slider (action model)
This is "Octagram Wreath" with a different location point. The sequence finds this point with a fold that is hidden in the final unit. This change allows the units to slide and change the model's shape. Both sides of the slider are appealing.
This is a rewarding rabbit model that is of high intermediate complexity, requiring a couple sink folds and a nice collapse at the outset. The finished model's ears and legs can be modified for various display poses, and subtle variations in the pre-creasing can produce a variety of conformations. All in all, it's an efficient use of paper and fast to fold once the folding sequence is learned.
Nature offers breathtaking views into design possibilities. Land snails are special, not only because they are found everywhere on earth but because they play a vital role in decomposing decaying matter. The humble snail has inspired medical adhesives, wound healing, music and influenced desert building design. While you knew that snail shells are intricate, spiral, may sport gorgeous colors, did you also know that the shells are carried throughout their entire lives and offer forensic clues about their lives and habitats?
Before you can have bacon, there needs to be a pig. This class will teach how to fold a pig from Paul Jackson and Miri Golan's book, Origami Zoo. There is a fun squash to create the legs as well as a surprise fold to keep the legs from splaying apart.
Versailles Rose Box. If you are familiar with Versailles Roses this model will be relatively straightforward. Contains rabbit ears and squash folds. This is a modular model, consisting of twelve separate sheets of paper and three unique unit types. Two of these unit types will require tight spirals.