These are the people who will be presenting classes during FoldFest Spring 2023!
I was born in Guangdong, China in 1989.My Grandfather taught me to fold the traditional crane when I was 4.
I began to create my own models with box-pleating method in 2011. Then I focus on 22.5° method in the past few years.
Nowadays I’m more concerned about the quality of works and building my unique style.
Jorge Pardo born in Zaragoza (Spain)
Director of the Origami Zaragoza Museum since inauguration in December 2013
Modular Origami Creator
Invited to international origami conventions in Spain, Italy, Peru, Japan, USA
Participating as a Curator and Exposing in exhibitions in many museums in Spain.
The first time I folded paper was as a small child in the early 1950's, and then in my teens, I enjoyed working from books by Robert Harbin. Joining the British Origami Society in 1974, I was excited to make very many new friendships, both in the UK and abroad.
I have held many official posts with BOS, of which I am now a Vice President. My connections with BOS opened the doors to innumerable origami adventures: these continue to this day and they are always stimulating. After a lifetime of origami, I am still amazed by its endless possibilities, and I'm grateful for the unique opportunities which origami has given me.
I look forward to folding with you all, on St George's Day, at FoldFest '23!
Evan is an origami artist from New Jersey. He has been folding paper for over 15 years, and in an effort to share his passion with the world, he began making instructional origami videos on YouTube in 2008. Since that time, he has taught origami to tens of millions of people around the globe and has developed a following of over 145,000 people. In 2019, Evan was awarded the OrigamiUSA Teaching Award. He has also spent many years designing original origami models inspired by fractals, spirals, and recursive patterns found in nature. Evan’s work can be found on his website, Instagram, and YouTube.
Matthew Green has been involved in origami for more than 40 years and started teaching at OrigamiUSA conventions in the early 1980s. Originally from New England, he now lives in Mexico, where he works primarily as a translator. He has designed more than 200 models covering a range of themes and styles, including real and mythological animals, religious themes, masks, and most recently, modular rings and stars, among other things. Several of his models have been published in print and on his YouTube channel, and he is working on his first origami book.
Gacharná Ramírez, Gerardo
Origami creator & project-maker. Among others, he founded and hosts the international gatherings "United to Fold" (UnFold), the presentations with guest speakers "Foldeas: Sharing Ideas Through Origami", and the web group "Diálogos Origámicos".
He has mostly created practical models, has also been interested in conceptual origami, but has designed other types of origami as well. Most of his models are of intermediate complexity, yet have a traditional look–not too many folds and clean surfaces. They are folded from one or various squares and/or rectangles, emphasize in the use of areas rather than tips, and tend to be well-locked. That’s what his style is about!
Gerardo’s goal/dream: to be a special guest at foreign in-person conventions.
Michelle designed her first origami model in 2010. She enjoys creating cute (yet surprisingly complex) color-changed models. Her designs balance efficiency and simple reference points while maintaining well-defined shapes. She was one of the special guests for the 22nd Origami Tanteidan Convention in 2016 and OrigaMIT Convention in 2019.
OrigamiDraw (Akira Terao)
Behind OrigamiDraw is a father-and-sons trio (Mom doesn't participate but is always supportive). Naoki (aka Naokigami), the younger brother, brought origami to the family. He mainly designs models of endangered animals to raise awareness of biodiversity and conservation. Akira, an engineer, developed OrigamiDraw for him, so he can draw his CPs on an iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Kenji, the elder brother, a PhD student in number theory, brought in some mathematical muscle and developed a constraint solver for his brother's 22.5-degree designs. He also found in Flat-Folder the perfect platform to develop some of his ideas on layer ordering.
Yves started out with paper planes as a kid and rediscovered folding during his diploma thesis in aerospace engineering. After getting a PhD in industrial folding from Stuttgart University he managed the Sandwich Technology group at the Institute of Aircraft Design there from 2012 to 2021. His specialty are folded structures for technical applications with a focus on manufacturing technology. Yves is co-founder and CEO of Foldcore GmbH, arguably the first company to produce and use miura-ori on an industrial scale for lightweight sandwich products.
Mu-Tsun Tsai is most well-known for creating Box Pleating Studio, an app dedicated to the designing of super-complex origami models. He is also known for introducing the edge-river method (ERM) that generalizes the tree method to non-uniaxial designs. He is also a major contributor of the Oriedita project.
Born in 1977 in Japan. From childhood, he was familiar with the books of Akira Yoshizawa, Toyoaki Kawai, and Kunihiko Kasahara, and was strongly influenced by Jun Maekawa's "Viva! Origami". When he was in high school, he joined the Origami Tanteidan (now Japan Origami Academic Society) and began to create in earnest. Since then, he has published diagrams and essays in JOAS's journal "Origami Tanteidan Magazine". He is the author of "Works of Hideo Komatsu" (Origami House, 2012).
I am a main committer of ORIPA that is software for drawing/designing crease patterns (https://github.com/oripa/oripa). I received Ph.D of Information Science from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2020. In the doctoral course, I studied enumeration of flat-foldable single-vertex crease patterns with unit angle. I also design origami models for fun. You can find some of my models' diagrams in Origami Tanteidan magazine and books by Makoto YAMAGUCHI.
Artur Biernacki, the leading Polish origami creator and artist. He was born on October 19, 1978
In 2006, along with other members of the portal, he co-founded the Polish Origami Association "Paper Phantasies", in which he has been actively working as a POA instructor.
Artur is the author of two books: "Origami made in Poland" and "Polish your origami". He also posts his diagrams in various domestic and foreign magazines and bulletins. His latest works can be found on the website www.flickr.com/arturori. In 2009, Artur Biernacki was a special guest of the AEP Convention Origami in Alicante and Hungary Origami Convention in Mezobereny in 2017, Ultimate Origami Convention 2019 w Lyon, OrigaMit Convention 2019 in Boston.
Silas is a computer science student from Germany. He got started developing origami software by creating a modification of orihime called orihimeMod, to make it more accessible and easier to use. Now, he is contributing to oriedita, an open-source project started by Gerben Oolbekkink which is also based on orihime.
He also likes folding and designing 22.5-degree-based models, mainly of various animals.
John Montroll is respected for his work in Origami throughout the world. His published work has significantly increased the global repertoire of original designs in Origami. John is also acknowledged for techniques such as the double-rabbit ear fold and for ground-breaking bases like the Dog Base and the Insect Base. The American Origami master is known for being the inspiration behind the single-square, no cuts, no glue approach in Origami.
Since his first published book, Origami for the Enthusiast, John has written many more books. Each model that John designs has a meticulously developed folding sequence. It is his constant endeavor to give the reader a pleasing folding experience.
Beth Johnson is an origami designer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has loved origami since she was a young child, and started making her own creations in 2010. She is drawn to stylized and geometric approaches to representational design, and is inspired by the infinite beauty of the natural world.
Boice is an origami artist from Portland and is known online by his handle, OrigamiByBoice. He enjoys folding and designing models that represent or render forms such as humanoids and dragons. A goal in his folding is to trick people into thinking the fold is not just a single square.
Boice is also an International Origami Intenet Olympiad (IOIO) Silver medalist winner. He has continued his interest in competitive origami by hosting bi-monthly competitions on his website.
Boice also makes YouTube tutorials where he seeks to make complex topics, like learning crease patterns, much less intimidating. Boice also leads the YouTube community in showing proper permission and crediting standards.
John Szinger in an internationally recognized origami artist. His work explores a diverse range of subjects, including animals, insects, flowers, objects such as vehicles, airplanes and spaceships, and geometric sculptures. His geometric work features a unique approach to tessellations as well as as advanced single-sheet polyhedra. With animals and other representational subjects John seeks a balance of detail and simplicity and often favors a volumetric, sculptural approach. Mr. Szinger’s work has been widely exhibited. He is the author of several origami books and and contributor to numerous others.
John lives in the greater New York City area. In addition to being origami artist he is also a musician and software engineer.
Ryuhei Uehara is a professor in School of Information Science, JAIST, Japan. His research interests include computational complexity, algorithms and data structures, and graph algorithms. Especially, he is engrossed in computational origami, games and puzzles from the viewpoints of theoretical computer science. He translated "Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra" by Erik D. Demaine and Joseph O'Rourke and "How to Fold It" by Joseph O'Rourke to Japanese. He also wrote a book entitled "Introduction to Computational Origami : The World of New Computational Geometry". He was one of PC members of 6OSME and 7OSME.
I discovered Origami circa1970, began creating original designs by 1975, and joined the British Origami Society in 1976. I have contributed to many exhibits locally and internationally and was involved in producing three books. My main focus in designing Origami is figurative, and I like to incorporate patterns using colour combinations, and textures. My commissioned work includes making Penguins and Echidnas for a Melbourne Retailer, Hats for Fashion Retailer Susans, a Wallaby for the Australian national Rugby Union team, and a Pegasus featured in artwork on an Album cover. I also helped to create a life-sized house for Melbourne Origami's first convention in 2005.
Born in 1993, Kade Chan started folding paper at the age of 12, and designed his first origami model when he was just 14 years old. Now Kade Chan has more than 300 original origami designs and over 16 years of experience in origami teaching, also organized more than 500 public events/exhibitions and collaborated with many famous brands such as Ferragamo, Lamborghini, and Bottega Veneta. He received the Éric Joisel Award from Origami Canada in 2012, the Yoshino Issei Fund from the Japan Origami Academic Society in 2013, and has been a guest of multiple international conventions including the OrigamiUSA Convention 2016 and the Korea Origami Convention 2017. He is now the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Origami Academy.