Origami Connect is OrigamiUSA’s program of online classes, open to anyone anywhere in the world, whether or not you are a member of OrigamiUSA. All you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Origami Connect classes are taught in two sessions, 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.
Classes are around 2 hours long. All registrants will receive a link to the recording of the live event afterward. Register early! Registration and other information is in the ORIGAMI CONNECT menu at upper right.
All Origami Connect presenters are experienced artists, folders, and/or teachers, and all Origami Connect events include a facilitator. 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!
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"Balance" won the August 2016 design challenge from The Origami Forum; the competition's theme was "mechanical origami". Every submitted model had to be folded from a single square, and "Balance" was no exception! The model mixes both practical and action origami. Gerardo–from Colombia–is very passionate about practical origami. He has created over 50 functional models, and "Balance" is among his most popular and challenging ones. It came to be thanks to years of experience designing and folding origami boxes, and related models. Watch the model in action: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMpMPh0ilnlb1bkeT-tBN_btZlIrODQ9IMA...
Participants must have experience dividing the paper into thirds to attend.
One square of 12 x 12 to 14 x 14 in (30 x 30 to 35 x 35 cm) and 70 to 90 g/m² kraft paper, and at least eight standard-size marbles or pebbles (of the same size of marbles) to insert inside the fulcrum. They aren't for the "weighing pans" on the left and right. They are for the fulcrum, the triangular prism at the bottom that supports the beam. Balance won't work without the marbles or pebbles inside! Tweezers might also come in handy. This is a good option for the paper: https://kimscrane.com/shop/home/3718-kraft-paper-double-sided-brown-660m...
Himanshu likes to create a new model for each event he teaches. He came up with this beautiful snowflake that originated from his snow crystals, which were designed for his students combining techniques they had learned such as making a hexagon from as square, a tato fold, petal fold, open sink, etc. We are excited for him to present this brand new model, never taught elsewhere.
Recommended paper: 80-100 GSM copy paper.
Before the session participants need to be ready with a hexagon with 16 x16 x 16 triangle grid.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Jannie presents us two containers; one is a unique dish that uses color change to show hearts and the other is a hearty clever box with a lid. Join us to learn these special origami models sure to please your valentine.
3 squares of duo kami (15 cm or 6")
Joanna Star is one of Maria’s new creations. It has a fun folding sequence as well as a unique way to assemble the units. Joanna Star holds together with great locks that have come to be Maria’s signature on a modular star. María will teach the basic version of the star and show how to make a color change for the center.
8 square sheets of about 7.5 cm (3 inch) or bigger. Regular kami is fine (preferably in two colors), duo-sided paper will make sense as well. We'll make a variation too, so 2 sets of 8.
Dragon is one of Tom Stamm's original designs. The model is adaptable for most paper types, whether folded flat, 3 dimensional, dry, wet, or something in between. Dragon sits by itself, perches on your shoulder, hangs well in flight and curls around your wrist with head nestled on your hand. Learned this dragon from the masterful teacher, Ros Joyce.
10" (24 cm) Florist foil is recommended however this model can be adapted for most paper types.
Cristian Marianciuc is a Romanian paper artist whose work revolves around the origami crane. He started a project called Icarus.mid.air. Every day Cristian would decorate a crane as a visual diary. The plan was to keep track of the passing of time, each day, in the shape of a decorated origami crane – each crane would describe in a creative way the type of day he was having.
Since 2014 he has been perfecting his very personal style which sees the humble yet beautifully symbolic traditional model of the crane come alive with the help of intricately cut wings, flowers, folkloric motifs and other decorative paper elements.
One of the central characteristics of his work is the concept of layering, in a literal but also a metaphoric sense. Each piece comes with a backstory, with increasingly personal references, a dedicated piece of music, and for his most recent collection – a fragrant muse.
We will get a taste of Cristian's process as he leads us through decorating/embellishing paper to create a meaningful and personal crane. Prior to this class contemplate images and thoughts that hold meaning for you and gather supplies that will help you achieve a representation of those images and thoughts.
15 x 15cm squares of white paper
Colouring pencils/pens, crayons or markers
Other items could be:
Dried or fresh flowers, leaves, feathers
Other smaller origami models (cranes of other shapes/animals)
Autumn leaves is an arrangement of Shuzo Fujimoto's clover tessellation. It uses 4 different size clover tiles. It requires a 30 division grid with 30 diagonal divisions. You need to come to class with the paper pre-gridded. The easiest way to make the grid is to fold a 32 division grid and cut it down to 30.
If you are experienced with tessellations you can fold with 15 cm kami (like Mr. E does) or you may want to try larger paper such as 10" or 24 cm. Printer paper will work well with a square cut from a piece of A4 or letter (8.5x11")
Questions? Email us at origamiconnect [at] origamiusa.org.