Special and Featured Guests

Special Guests

Miyuki Kawamura

Miyuki Kawamura.

Miyuki was born in Osaka, Japan in 1970. She started origami at the age of two. When she was a small child, she loved animals and folded many animals. Miyuki majored in particle physics at university and then began to many polyhedral origami works. She is known for some amazing origami works such as the Cosmosphere. She published Polyhedron Origami for Beginners in 2001. Miyuki is currently a board member of the Japanese Origami Academic Society (JOAS) and is the host for the Origami Tanteidan Kyushu Convention every May. Her other Publications include Tamentai-no Origami (NIPPON HYORON SHA, 1995) and AKARI ORIGAMI Otona-no Kagaku 29 (Gakken, 2010).

Jeremy Shafer

Jeremy Shafer.

Origami has been Jeremy’s biggest passion since he was 10 years old. He most enjoys designing whimsical models that fly, spin, or somehow move. Recently he has been making jumping models -- Spider, Cricket, Rabbit, Fox, Mouse, Monkey, and Mexican Jumping Bean. Jeremy has published a few books including Origami Ooh La La and Origami Pop-ups to Amaze and Amuse. He produced the Bay Area Rapid Folders (BARF) Newsletter for 15 years, but in 2011, Jeremy switched from print media to making video tutorials on YouTube. He makes a new video every week and often tries to design what his viewers request in the comments or what is trending. In addition to making YouTube videos he also entertains at county fairs, birthday parties and other festivities. He is an avid juggler, unicyclist, handwhistler and salsa dancer and his sport of choice is unicycle basketball, which he plays every week in his hometown, Berkeley, CA.

Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander

Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander.

Origami artists Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander co-founded Origamido Studio, a teaching and resource center / art gallery for their handmade papers and paper folding. Since 1996, the Studio has produced dozens of commercial installations and exhibitions from two retail locations in Massachusetts, as well as their “Origami Do Experience-Waikiki,” a family attraction in Hawai’i from 2008 to 2011. During the summertime, they host hand papermaking workshops at their home.

Michael LaFosse was fascinated with origami since early childhood. A 1970 Reader's Digest article by Leland Stowe about origami art and Akira Yoshizawa made him realize that he too could design original origami. The models in the photos were obviously folded of higher quality papers than Michael could buy locally. Fortunately, Fitchburg, Massachusetts was a papermaking town, so at age 16, he began researching, experimenting, and eventually making his own custom paper for each model. LaFosse is a trained wildlife scientist with a focus on marine biology; he became an origami artist full-time in 1994.

Richard Alexander holds a B.S. from Cornell University, where he studied systems biology and landscape architecture. He held environmental positions in government and industry and is a Past President of the New England regional Certified Hazardous Materials Managers chapter. Richard met LaFosse in 1988, and they have worked together to advance origami as a fine art. They continue to make their custom, archival Origamido® papers for each creation and their works have graced museums worldwide. LaFosse's monumental bronze sculpture collaborations with Kevin Box Studios of Cerrillos, NM are in the traveling exhibitions, "Origami in the Garden".

Michael and Richard are both seasoned teachers of origami and papermaking at all levels. For over 30 years they have been teaching math, geometry, and cultural programs for K-12. Together, Michael and Richard have authored over 70 books, kits, and video publications about their origami designs and hand papermaking. More information is on theirwebsite, www.origamido.com.

Beth Johnson

Beth Johnson.

Beth Johnson is an origami artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has been folding paper for many years, and began designing her own models in 2010. She is often recognized for her expressive minimalist style, and for her explorations of tessellations as textural elements in more representational pieces. She has been a guest of honor at numerous origami conventions worldwide, and received the 2011 Florence Temko Award from Origami USA in recognition of her work.

Robert J. Lang

Robert J. Lang.

Robert J. Lang has been folding origami for over 50 years and is now recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art. He is noted for designs of great detail and realism with work that combines aspects of the Western school of mathematical origami design with the Eastern emphasis upon line and form to yield work that is distinctive, elegant, and challenging to fold. He is also active in the science and technology of origami, having authored, co-authored, or edited numerous papers and books on origami mathematics, science, and technology.