- About OrigamiUSA
These classes have been submitted and are in the approval process. Some may not appear on the final schedule.
An introduction to origami that will include basic folds, common bases, and understanding diagrams. Models taught will include the traditional box, swan, sailboat, start basket and water bomb. 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.
This was one of Laura's Kruskal's favorite crowns, made from her famous Canoe Module. Wendy will teach an undiagrammed technique for making this model. A rainbow of paper colors will be provided in two sizes. To make a crown from the letter paper takes 10 modules. To make a crown from one-quarter of letter size takes 20-24 modules depending on your head size. Students can complete the letter-paper crown in class. The crown from smaller paper requires a bit of glue-- but it's worth it! No glue is needed for the Letter size. See photos! Bring your own gluesticks!
Mi Wu's excellent designs inspired me to experiment with color change origami. This pawprint in the style of his color change coin designs in "Duo-color Origami" is one result of that experimenting. This model begins with the same base as Froebel's folds of beauty and is foldable from kami.
Join the Battlemage class to get hands-on experience in folding and shaping fantasy-human models. This model features a smooth folding sequence and can balance on its own if folded precisely. This class will require paper larger than 25cm for the best results. Tissue foil will also allow this model to be completed without wet-shaping.
We will use the ancient art of Japanese paper folding (origami) to discover and prove the properties of a square by using origami paper (which is always a square), pencils and markers. We will make three models and the properties of a square will be written on one of the finished origami models.
This butterfly shows how we can take the traditional/Yoshizawa concept of a butterfly from a Waterbomb base and, with just a few extra folds, give it a very nice shape indeed! Nothing harder than swivel folds, but precision and ability to fold precisely through thick layers are a must.
This is a simple action model which has been described (fairly accurately) as "the origami equivalent of popping bubble-wrap". The model is very simple to fold - only valleys and mountains. Beyond the folding, the assembly is straightforward and easy to grasp, but will require accurate folding to ensure that the resulting strips to make the assembly easy - hence the LI rating. That said there are a few cheats available on the assembly side should they be needed. Please be very assured that the resulting model is WELL worth the effort!
This 13-sided, hat-shaped polygon is the first known example of an “einstein,” a single shape that can be tiled to cover a plane with a pattern that never repeats. The word means one stone in German.
This origami version is folded from a single square piece of paper. You can start to play with the tiling puzzle once you have completed several identical pieces. See issue 76, The Fold, OrigamiUSA for the detail.
The Harlequin Heron is a variation of the traditional crane, but with an unusual twist which allows for the motley color change. The model is the same size as the traditional crane. It is not an iso-area fold, though it looks a bit like one -- peri-iso-area, from the Greek for kinda sorta equal area.
The Harlequin Heron is high intermediate on the Origami ISO Difficulty Scale and involves stretching a grafted bird base and collapsing it. (Not as scary as it sounds.)
This is an evergreen tree that can be decorated with a lucky star for Christmas or can be enjoyed as is. The folding process is fun and the way to inflate it is surprising. If you have ever folded a waterbomb, you have the skills needed to make this tree.
Inspired by Tomoko Fuse. A modular from 10 strips and 12 rosettes.
Ever tried to make a sphere from 10 strips ? You need paperclips and it is quite a mess.
Rosettes will hold the paper for you and make the assembly fool-proof.
Pre-cut strips and diagram will be provided.
Final model diameter is 3,5 inches and strips width less than 1/2, so fine motor skills are required to enjoy this class.
A one piece octagonal box by Robin Glynn, apparently inspired by my own Octagonal bowl. This is an (as yet) unpublished model, and contains nothing more complicated than some squash folds. With careful folding it is possible to fold this such that there will be no creases on the bottom of the box.
It's a bit early, but let's start practicing a model for Halloween! This is a variation of Nobuko's Puff Ring (https://origamiusa.org/thefold/article/nobukos-puff-ring-and-3-d-variations ). The assembly is the same as the original Puff Ring. How to convert the Puff Ring units into a pumpkin, a tomb stone, a cat and a bat will be shown in the class.
This is a design I created inspired by geckos that I kept as pets for years. There are quite a variety of leaf-tailed gecko species; this fold is modeled after the Uroplatus phantasticus.
This model is high-intermediate complexity, requiring familiarity with pre-creasing reference points, open sinks and point-splitting. Final shaping of the model will be discussed, and I encourage you to study photos of these geckos to find a unique interpretation of your own. This design is single color with no color change. Earthy colors to mimic a brown leaf are recommended.