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Registration is now open for Origami Connect Winter+Spring 2019. We're offering 7 great classes! Register here.

Origami Connect

origami connect

Origami Connect hosts online classes you can take via the web from anywhere in the world!

Origami Connect classes are taught in two groups, Spring and Fall, with individual classes happening approximately monthly. See the class listing below. You do not need to be a member of OrigamiUSA to attend Origami Connect classes.

Live class size is limited to the first 100 registrants. All registrants will receive a link to the tape recording of the live event. Register early!

Presenters are volunteers donating their time and talent to share the joy of origami and connect folders everywhere. Please support us to help us keep this program affordable and accessible to as many folders as possible!

Coming Up

Season:
Winter/Spring
Date and Time:
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
Level:
Complex
Presenter:
Jared Needle

Complex snowflake from a hexagon. This design requires precise folding, and features a fun and advanced folding sequence that includes many closed sinks and open unsinks. Jared will demonstrate how to cut a hexagon from a square, but feel free to start with one already made.

Jared Needle is an origami artist from Los Angeles, California. He specializes in the complex-representational and inside-out styles of origami. His work has been featured on House MD, Superhuman, in commercials for Rotary and Clear, and in galleries around the United States, as well as the traveling museum exhibit Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami. Find him on Instagram @oriholic.

Materials you’ll need: a square of thin paper at least 8 inches on a side, a knife, straightedge, and a cutting surface.

Season:
Winter/Spring
Date and Time:
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
Level:
High Intermediate
Presenter:
Marc Vigo (for OAS fundraiser)

Join Marc Vigo and learn how to fold his life-like turtle (Tuga) model. Marc's designs have been published in multiple Pajarita magazines, convention books, NOA Magazine, The Paper, and many others. He has created over 50 models, including many of the corresponding diagrams and CPs. In addition to designing, he enjoys teaching, and challenging his fellow folders to take chances and experiment more. To see more of his work, visit his Flickr page.

If there's extra time, Marc definitely wishes to teach an additional model. Yay!

Participants need:
1 square 10' (24cm) kami that has a different color on one side.

Marc is a member of the talented and inspiring designer group called OAS (Origami Always Succeed!) from Barcelona Spain. OAS meets weekly, constantly challenging each other to improve their origami craft. Additionally, they are well-known for their generosity and light-hearted approach to folding ("Precision is for the weak!"). A fundraiser is underway to bring all of OAS to the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention (PCOC) in Portland, Oregon (Sept. 12-15, 2019). If you wish to learn more, visit https://fundrazr.com/OAS-PCOC2019

Season:
Winter/Spring
Date and Time:
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
Level:
Complex
Presenter:
Enrique Martinez (for OAS Fundraiser)

Join Enrique Martinez and learn how to fold his penguin model, which he recently designed during one of his OAS group folding challenges. He is a designer, regular convention-goer (and teacher), and an all-around funny guy. He likes folding models that incorporate color changes and that suggest actual things or animals but are not very realistic. Enrique's models have appeared in convention books and his monkey diagram (plus and interview with Enrique) can be found here: https://origamiusa.org/thefold/article/origami-designers-secrets-enrique...

This is going to be a fun session!

Participants need:
1 square 10' (24cm) kami that has a different color on one side.

Enrique is a member of the talented and inspiring designer group called OAS (Origami Always Succeed!) from Barcelona Spain. OAS meets weekly, constantly challenging each other to improve their origami craft. Additionally, they are well-known for their generosity and light-hearted approach to folding ("Precision is for the weak!"). A fundraiser is underway to bring all of OAS to the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention (PCOC) in Portland, Oregon (Sept. 12-15, 2019). If you wish to learn more, visit https://fundrazr.com/OAS-PCOC2019

Season:
Winter/Spring
Date and Time:
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Level:
Complex
Presenter:
Seth Friedman

This new design by Seth Friedman uses angles and shapes from the Traditional Crane reimagined to form a complex realistic camel. You’ll love the neat, streamlined folding sequence, full of satisfying collapses and maneuvers for the experienced folder.

Materials: Participants will need to bring a sheet of paper at least 12 inches square. You can also use a larger sheet. For a challenge you may use 10 inch foil, but 10 inch kami is not recommended.

Season:
Winter/Spring
Date and Time:
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level:
Intermediate
Presenter:
Mike Naughton

Mike Naughton will teach his Ornamental Omega Star, which is a fancier version of the well-known Sullivan/Shen Omega Star. Mike discovered it when he was exploring the connection between the Omega Star and Robert Neale's Octahedral Ornament. These explorations yielded a series of models that Mike calls the Continuum, which will be briefly discussed during the session. The Ornamental Omega Star has twelve points, and it also seems to contain an embedded skeletal octahedron.

Familiarity with the Omega Star will be helpful but is not required.

Materials: The model is made from six squares of paper (6" Kami works well), and two sheets each of three different colors are recommended. A seventh sheet is also needed to make a template.

Season:
Winter/Spring
Date and Time:
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level:
Intermediate
Presenter:
Janet Yelle

Janet Yelle has been folding since 1988. She attended her first OrigamiUSA convention in NYC in 1990 and has attended all of them since then. She leads a local group called Valley Folders that has been meeting monthly for well over 15 years at a local library. The Prismatic Star is a 7-pointed, box pleated 3D model from a square, and was one of the first models Janet created (c. 1990).

Materials: a square sheet of origami paper, 6” (aka 15 cm)

Season:
Winter/Spring
Date and Time:
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Level:
Low Intermediate
Presenter:
Patty Grodner (for OAS Fundraiser)

Description:
Patty Grodner will teach a letter-fold for each month of the year. (That’s right! 12 models in this one session!) She will show techniques to use paper, graphic design and quotes to enhance the models.

Patty has been folding since 1986. She was a volunteer for OrigamiUSA for 3 years and sent Thank you letter-folds to the NY local volunteers. She loved the challenge of finding charming letter-folds and personal ways to convey thanks to the volunteers.

Materials Needed: Will be emailed to participants closer to event.

Questions? Email us at origamiconnect [at] origamiusa.org.