Gather and Fold

Gather and Fold is an informal folding event that will have several scheduled classes and a space to socialize, learn, or teach origami with your community! We will be using the platform gather.town - a virtual meeting place where people can interact via video chat.

Here is a short demonstration of Gather.town.

Additional documentation on Gather.town can be found here.

The first (and, if popular, first of many) Gather and Fold will run from July 2, 2021, 6:00 pm to July 17, 2:00 am EDT. The room will be open the following times:

  • July 2, 2021, 6:00 pm12:00 am EDT
  • July 3, 2021, 6:00 pm12:00 am EDT
  • July 8, 2021, 4:00 pm12:00 am EDT
  • July 9, 2021, 6:00 pm12:00 am EDT
  • July 10, 2021, 4:00 pm12:00 am EDT
  • July 11, 2021, 6:00 pm12:00 am EDT
  • July 16, 2021, 6:00 pm2:00 am EDT

Note: The scheduled classes will not be recorded and unfortunately cannot be attended from mobile or tablet devices.

Gather and Fold is

  • free for OrigamiUSA members or anyone who attended FoldFest 2021 or Convention 2021, or
  • $5 for non-members who did not attend FoldFest or Convention 2021.

To participate:

  • Gather and Fold is now closed.

The OrigamiUSA Code of Conduct applies to this event—see our Code of Conduct. Code of Conduct violations can be reported via email to code-of-conduct [at] origamiusa.org.

If you have any questions about the event, please email gather-and-fold [at] origamiusa.org.

Scheduled Classes

We will be adding classes over the duration of the event. Check this page often for updates.

7 Step Rose

Friday, July 2, 2021, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Mary Drews
Creator(s)
Lin Indriati
Description

7 Step Rose folded from a pentagon. Class will include demonstration on how to cut a pentagon from a square.

Supplies

8" kami and cutting tool of your choice

White Whale

Friday, July 2, 2021, 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm EDT
Level
Complex
Presenter
Jared Needle
Creator(s)
Jared Needle
Description

Brand new whale, designed for a friend.

Supplies

10" kami

Triskelion

Friday, July 2, 2021, 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm EDT
Level
Simple
Presenter
Eric Ma
Creator(s)
Robert Foord
Supplies

3 sheets of 6" kami

Birb

Saturday, July 3, 2021, 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Jon Tucker
Creator(s)
Jon Tucker
Description

"Birb" - an intermediate 3D bird design.

Supplies

6" kami

Hammerhead

Saturday, July 3, 2021, 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Xander Arena
Creator(s)
Xander Arena
Description

A hammerhead shark using a fish base.

Supplies

8" kami or larger

PDX Hummingbird

Saturday, July 3, 2021, 10:30 pm to 11:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Yuki Martin
Creator(s)
Yuki Martin
Supplies

6" kami

Octagonal Bowl

Thursday, July 8, 2021, 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Martin Quinn
Creator(s)
Martin Quinn
Supplies

8" kami or larger

Hydrangea with Color Change

Thursday, July 8, 2021, 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Edward Holmes
Creator(s)
Shuzo Fujimoto
Supplies

6" (15cm) square of green/red or green/white kami recommended

Bowtie

Thursday, July 8, 2021, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Dylan Grover
Creator(s)
Dylan Grover
Supplies

6" kami or larger

Lecture: Origami Paper Preparation

Thursday, July 8, 2021, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm EDT
Level
Unrated
Presenter
Jon Tucker
Description

Come learn about preparing art paper for folding by backcoating and sizing in this lecture class!

Supplies

Optional supplies: spray bottle with water, prepared methylvellulose solution, scrap paper, wide paintbrush, and smooth backcoating surface.

Dragon and Swan Boat

Thursday, July 8, 2021, 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Sok Song
Creator(s)
Sok Song
Description

Easy to fold- festive and mythical container. You can make it a classic Swan boat or a fantastical dragon boat! You can fill it candy or treats or flowers or treasures!

Supplies

10" - 12" Kami

Grim Reaper

Friday, July 9, 2021, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm EDT
Level
Complex
Presenter
Marc Kirschenbaum
Creator(s)
Marc Kirschenbaum
Description

This Grim Reaper is both scary and cute! It is from a single square using the classic Frog Base. There is a bit of pulling flaps out and wrapping layers around, so you should be comfortable with steps like that.

Supplies

10" (25cm) or larger paper needed, duo colored. Kami or similar is fine.

Encyclopedia Origamica

Friday, July 9, 2021, 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
Glenn Sapaden
Creator(s)
Glenn Sapaden
Description

A 2-compartment bookshelf holding up to 12 volumes, all from US dollar bills.

Supplies

At least five new, foldable US dollar bills for a bookshelf with 2 volumes. If at all possible, have on hand a bill from each of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts, plus 3 additional bills for the shelf.

Skeletal Tetrahedron

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Level
Low Intermediate
Presenter
William Holt
Creator(s)
William Holt
Supplies

6" Kami; 6 sheets for single tetrahedron, 12 for hourglass shape. You will also need a cutting implement.

OBB Octopus

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EDT
Level
Super Complex
Presenter
Boice Wong
Creator(s)
Boice Wong
Description

A complex level class featuring multiple open and closed sinks as well as a fun double spread squash to achieve a cute octopus friend! A challenging fold with not too many steps!

Supplies

Two colored paper: 15, 25, 35cm Origami Paper, 25cm Tissue foil, 25cm Washi Deluxe

Baby Fire Dragon

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Ryan Dong
Creator(s)
Ryan Dong
Supplies

6" Duo Paper

Froebel Quilt Modular

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 9:30 pm to 10:15 pm EDT
Level
Simple
Presenter
Arlene Gorchov
Creator(s)
Yasuko Shimabukuro & Arlene Gorchov
Description

Stacked frobel modules by Yasuko Shimabukuro, quilt connector by Arlene Gorchov.

This class will be held in the Zoom. Get to the Zoom room by going to the top right room of the map, then hit "x" on your keyboard once inside to get to Zoom.

Supplies

Quilt piece: 2 sheets of 6" kami & 1 sheet of 3" kami; Connector: 1 sheet of 3" kami. Duo paper recommended but not necessary.

Designing and Shaping Faces on Boxpleated Models

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm EDT
Level
Complex
Presenter
Brandon Wong
Description

Learn how to incorporate faces into box pleated human figure designs, and then how to shape them in various ways. You should be somewhat familiar with boxpleated crease patterns for this class.

Supplies

30cm sheet of something thin (such as tracing paper)

Janessa's Bear

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Joseph Wu
Creator(s)
Joseph Wu
Description

Designed on July 6, 2021, specifically for this class! Foldable from 6” origami paper, but first attempt should be with 9” or larger.

Supplies

9" Kami

$Bill Bull

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 10:00 pm to 10:45 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Shrikant Iyer
Creator(s)
Unknown
Supplies

Crisp US $1 Bill

Squirrel & Intro to Wet Folding

Friday, July 16, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Anne LaVin
Creator(s)
Anne LaVin
Description

Learn my Squirrel design, first from regular origami paper, then wet folded. If you don’t have the supplies for wetfolding, just watching will give you an idea of the process, so please consider attending even if you don’t have heavyweight paper.

Supplies

6"(15cm) regular-weight origami paper (dry version). 6"(15cm) paper suitable for wet folding (e.g. Canson Mi-Teintes, lightweight watercolor paper, etc.) Small spray bottle or damp cloth.

Panther

Friday, July 16, 2021, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm EDT
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Joe Adia
Creator(s)
Joe Adia
Description

This class is intermediate without shaping, and high intermediate with shaping.

Supplies

10" kami

Lecture: Making Paper from Dogbane

Friday, July 16, 2021, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm EDT
Level
Unrated
Presenter
James Ojascastro
Description

Dogbane, a fibrous perennial herb native to North America has been used for centuries by indigenous Americans to make ropes, cords, nets, bowstrings, and textiles. In this lecture, I will show how these fibers may be co-opted for Nepalese-style papermaking, and by extension, for origami.

Karma Chakra 1

Friday, July 16, 2021, 11:00 pm to 11:45 pm EDT
Level
Simple
Presenter
Shachi Jain
Creator(s)
Shachi Jain
Supplies

8 sheets of 7.5cm kami