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Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:06 pm
by Nick
If you've recently registered, please give us a short summary of what your interests are and what kind of work you do with paper?

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:16 pm
by BRDParker
Hello all (though I suppose Nick specifically, since it was you who asked.)

I am currently (at least for a few months more) an undergraduate student at Central Connecticut State University, studying the French and Italian language. I enjoy martial arts, fencing, board gaming... and I also like to fold paper from time to time.

I work primarily with tessellations, both patterns and corrugated patterns, à la Eric Gjerde, Joel Cooper, Ray Schamp, etc. In 2007, I joined the origami tessellations flickr group, started playing around with various patterns and generally having fun with it.

As far as theory goes, my major focus is so-called waterbomb-based tessellations (I've been working on a write-up or two over the years, but really need to flush everything out) and their connection with pleat patterns and flagstones.

Most of my pieces are on flickr ( and my website (

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:17 pm
by jtbm71
OK, Nick.
I will introduce myself. Iam Jose Tomas Buitrago from Colombia. I have been folding paper for more than 20 years. I am organizer of the oldest convention in South America (in Cali, Colombia) since 1997.
My interests in paper folding are related to history (old references, books, napking folding, letter folding), math (mostly the one which only is done with folding) and postage stamps (theme is paper folding).

Good luck,

José Tomas Buitrago

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:48 pm
by Sanja
My name is Sanja (pls read Sania) from Zagreb, Croatia. In 2008 in Krapina City Gallery I set up the first origami art exhibition in Croatia with international origami masters, Poetry in Paper (Poezija u papiru). In 2010 I have started publishing blog Origami Art Novosti Art News) in Croatian, with the aim to show the greatness of origami in today's world and encourage origami as an art form. I use every opportunity to promote origami in Croatia, from sharing origami in an art cafe, at an art colony, at workshops in museums, in libraries, at open universities, to the events organised by the Japanese Embassy in Zagreb. Dreaming about future Croatian origami society, origami teachers in schools, at the universities. You may have seen my diagrams in BOS model collections and other international publications. I discovered my origami road in 2004. Enthusiasm with which people received origami when I taught it, pushed me further, each time to wider horizons. Teaching has been, and still is, my teacher.

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:59 pm
by Edwin Corrie
Hi there,

I haven't been able to participate actively in origami for a while but still maintain a strong interest and try to follow a bit of what is going on. My other main hobby is magic/conjuring, and a recent area of interest has been early magic literature going right back to the 15th and 16th centuries. There has always been some overlap between magic and origami, and although the folding of models is a relatively new thing I've found various references to folding and simple paper tricks (particularly Troublewit and napkin/tablecloth folding) in old magic texts. Time permitting, I hope to be able to share some of the information on this forum.

I work as a technical translator with French and German, and also have reasonable Italian and some Spanish, so I might be able to help with the idea of a multilingual forum (again, time permitting).

Edwin Corrie

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:14 pm
by Nick ... 1c82_m.jpg[/imgright]Edwin, you need no introduction, you're a star!

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:54 am
by ahudson
I'm a Music Composition student in my junior year at University of California, Davis. Recently I've become interested in the history and pedagogy of origami through my work as a freelance origami artist-- one client I had asked about the copyright status of traditional models, and I was surprised how difficult it was to establish that the model was out of copyright. Recently I've been working on an origami book for children, so the best way to teach and diagram origami has been something I've done a lot of thinking about; I've also written a column for OrigamiUSA about diagramming technique for the past year.

I've started work on the Public Diagram Project to try to bring all the information about a given traditional model-- its folding sequence, style, and history-- into one place, which will hopefully assist origami teachers as well as historians. Along with that, I'll be editing (curating?) an origami history column in OrigamiUSA's magazine, starting in January.

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:31 pm
by Nick
ahudson wrote:Along with that, I'll be editing (curating?) an origami history column in OrigamiUSA's magazine, starting in January. ... _young.jpg[/imgright]Excellent news - America has a rich origami history over the last 50 years or so, but it seems under-valued, judging by how little research is out there on the web. For example, I'd love to see all the back issues of the Origamian made public (from where this photo of John Montrol comes) . Read David Lister's similar (but more eloquent) plea ... gamian.php

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:06 pm
by himanshu
Hi all,

I am Himanshu from India. Started doing Origami in 1989 at the age of 10. Have been addicted since the first day. I folded in isolation for more than a decade before discovering a small group, Origami Mitra. It's fun to teach Origami. In a country like India, where there is/ was complete lack of awareness and the sheer multitude of people, there is ample opportunity to share this simple and child-like art. It's different today. With the advent of the Internet and, I'd like to believe, our group's efforts, more people are appreciating Origami for the art that it is rather than the craft it was perceived to be.

I haven't designed more of an interpreter than a designer.

I cheat on Origami with Photography and Classical Guitar...and earn my living as a copywriter and voiceover.

Here's my Flickr link:

Thank you. :-)

Re: Introduce yourselves!

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:34 pm
by bethjohnson
Greetings! My name is Beth Johnson. I've been folding for nearly 30 years, on and off. I started designing my own models about two years ago.

I have always had a special interest in origami math and real world applications of origami. I recently collaborated on a research proposal on the broad topic of origami-inspired engineering. Specifically, we are looking at patterns in origami that can apply to auxetic materials (materials with a negative poisson's ratio, that expand when stretched). Waterbomb tessellations work nicely here, and Ben Parker has been my mentor in bringing me up to speed on his work with these patterns.

I also have an interest in teaching, but have not done much of this myself. It is a goal of mine this upcoming year to design some origami classes, including a tessellation class and a design class.

Looking forward to learning from everyone here! What a great topic for a forum, thank you Nick for creating this space.