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These classes have been submitted and are in the approval process. Some may not appear on the final schedule.
If you are new to folding or new to teaching origami this class is for you. The steps in each model will be simplified and explained so everyone will succeed. Both models will be completed in one class session. Diagrams will be provided.
This is a moderately complex design that requires precise folding but will reward you with several fun maneuvers, such as spread-squashes, and fairly tricky "unwrap" used to generate the color-changed mane. It incorporates influences from several artists, hinted at by the name.
Michael will this model to teach essential folding skills that you can use to produce better-looking examples of his origami butterflies, and he will lead you to explore creative variations, too! The diagrams for this model are included in this year's "Origami Collection 2022." You are welcome to preview and practice this model in advance.
Richard Alexander will provide a historical overview of hand papermaking at Origamido Studio. It started with Michael’s sessions with Elaine and Donna Koretsky at Carriage House Paper (first at the Brickbottom maker space in Somerville, MA) and then in Brookline, MA. Techniques changed as we began working with other artists who came with special requirements for their papers. He will discuss the experiences of working with Satoshi Kamiya, Robert Lang, Alex Soukas, and Tim Povall.
This is a rotating ring made with two sheets or one sheet. "Denguri" is a traditional Japanese paper toy that can be moved around to make different shapes. The word means turn/rotate/somersault and Kasahara used the name for his model because it rotates. It can be made with two square sheets or one square. We will make a two-sheet ring in the class and I will show you one-sheet model and rings with other sized as long as time allows.
Mette’s delightful and versatile model is easy to fold, not too awful to assemble, and can be an ornament, jewelry or picture frame, depending on the size and pattern of the paper used. Note that this is a modular that uses 18 pieces.
Improve your folding skills by making this charming origami heart a daily exercise! You will learn about paper's grain--the direction in which most of the fibers are aligned--and how best to control the paper when folding against the grain, when most folding disasters happen. Michael designed this origami heart envelope/note as a skill-building folding exercise for his students. Once mastered, these hearts are quick and satisfying to fold. It is a terrific model to add to your gift-giving repertoire.
Michael designed this in 1975 while studying in Florida. His eighth floor dorm room was conducive to paper airplane designing. Launched gently at slow speed, it exhibits an impressive, long glide slope. This stackable glider can be tossed high into the air to perform a fireworks of confusing loops!
We will fold other flying models as time permits.
Add some avian grace to your repertoire of origami containers with this beautiful Swan Bowl. Regular origami “kami” paper is great for learning this model but using slightly thicker paper lets you wet fold it more elegantly. It’s a bowl that will fill you with peace, love and happiness.
This is one of the most elegant pegasus designs you can fold with a sheet of paper. John Montroll's pegasus design provides a really nice blend of complexity including a 'double unwrap fold', two sink folds (open and closed sinks), and a few brilliantly pleasing unlocking sequences. There is a really nice balance of petal folds and reverse folds scattered throughout this model. It's not for the faint of heart, however, and it can easily take 2 hours to fold.
In this class, I will show you how to fold this really pretty modular ring.
The units are not very hard as they are similar to a bird base (so it does involve basic reverse folds). The assembly may be a bit challenging for beginners, but I believe everyone will be able to figure it out.
Depending on how fast you are at folding, you may not finish by the end of class, but I am more than happy to stay until everyone is finished. :)