- About OrigamiUSA
These classes have been submitted and are in the approval process. Some may not appear on the final schedule.
The Museo del Origami is a small-format museum located in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. It opened in January 2020 and except for the months that it was closed due to the pandemic, the museum remained open and has already received more than 12,000 visitors from all over the world. I have the privilege of being at the front desk six days a week attending visitors to the museum and customers to the attached gift shop, and the experience has been rich and entertaining.
Triknity is a fun geometric model from only 3 papers and a few simple folds. The photos show how the model looks in various papers. In addition to the original model, I will show another way to fold the unit; while this will eliminate the color change, the front side of your paper will show more. If you make Triknity in a few sizes and nest them during assembly, the result will look very intricate. The unit, with modifications, can be used for two other models. I will show samples of these. If there is interest and time, I can give a brief explanation.
In this class you will be taught how to fold a complex level recursion with a very satisfying sequence. The final result will be an intricate star resembling a tile mosaic (like in the NYC subway walls) folded from one large hexagon of paper.
This is a fun recursive model which is folded from a large octagon. In this class you will learn how to make the model and hear about how it was designed along the way. The final structure has a nice depth due to the buildup of layers which naturally makes it 3D.
This model is a wonderful multi-functional piece with a crane decoration that can be used as a cutlery or chopstick holder, a centerpiece, a holder for a table number or guest name, or a chopstick rest. The class will teach the model and some variations by me.
An introduction to origami that will include basic folds, common bases, and understanding diagrams. Models taught will include a traditional box, swan, sailboat, star basket and waterbomb. After the two hour class participants will have a good understanding of the "basics" and ready to attend other beginner classes offered at the convention.
Humanoid Origami is one of the hardest forms to shape well. Most of the time, they end up looking stiff and static. This class will show the method I have been using to practice tons of various poses and will discuss what techniques can be done to make a pose more dynamic. Folding will create the base structure, but the posing will rely heavily on wet-folding; a technique used commonly for all complex-super complex humanoid origami designs.
Fans of Games of Thrones might recognize this famous mythological creature. All of the important body parts are derived from the classic Bird Base, giving this an "intermediate" level designation. Diagrams for this can be found in the book Origami Dragons Kit:
Throughout this Whale’s folding sequence, the model is surprisingly flat. It is only in the final step where you can expand the folds into its cartoonish full-bodied form. This model has a "high intermediate" level designation. Diagrams for this can be found in the book Origami by the Sea:
Back before the days of streaming entertainment, televisions had selection dials and even external antennae to pick up their signal. This origami Television recalls this classic style. There are some tiny folds to make these details, giving this an "intermediate" level designation. Diagrams for this can be found in the book Origami Fun and Games:
This monster’s resemblance to Japan’s Domo is purely intentional. There are some tiny folds to make its distinctive teeth, so you will need a large square. That and some reliance on a few closed sinks elevate this folding sequence to a "complex" level designation. Diagrams for this can be found in the book Spooky Origami:
This Guitar is formed from only simple valley and mountain folds, following the Pureland origami definition championed by the late John Smith. There are some unusual reference points, elevating this folding sequence to a "low intermediate" level designation. Diagrams for this can be found in the book Pure and Simple Origami: