I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited to many countries to reveal my modest origami talents and I’ve just been told that next year, I’ll be visiting Spain for the first time, as guest of the AEP at the “XIV Convencion Internacional de Papiroflexia El Escorial 2011”!
I always feel incredibly honoured to be invited and this is no exception. Naturally, I’ll be trying my best to extend the visit by a few days so I can see some of the wonderful countryside and Spanish culture. There’s part of me that says, “May 2011? Plenty of time to learn some Spanish”, but I had a similar feeling before my visit to the CDO convention in Italy and having managed to say “hello, how are you, my name is Nick and I have 4 brothers and 1 sister”, conversation dried up almost immediately ;(
The AEP have set up a wordpress blog for the convention, which is an interesting alternative to adding this info to their main site. As you can tell from this page, I’m a recent but confirmed fan of blogs, for their ease of use and removal of the technical aspects of html.
I’ve just heard that Dave & Assia Brill will be keeping me company – fantastic news!
Back in the days before the internet was invented, 1992 or so, I made it onto German TV whilst a guest of Rene Lucio and Origami München. Having zero German linguistic skills in those days (and only marginally more these days!) I pre-learned a single phrase to impress the presenter, a former Miss World winner. When she asks me “what are you making?” I say “a bird”. See how I confuse the direct and indirect object and she corrects me in front of 20 zillion viewers. Oh how they must have laughed! My tasteful tie was a gift from Mark Kennedy and all in all, I’m a bit of a style icon.
Michael Peters tells me the presenter was called Petra Schürmann and died earlier this year, sad to say.
Here’s a fairly random video compilation from the Didaktiks conference in Freiburg, thrown together with no regard for cinematic principles, accuracy of captions, visibility of captions, choice of colours, audio fidelity or respect for those featured within. It’s just for fun.
As if that wasn’t enough, here’s a link to my report (under “pages”, top of the right hand column) from the conference…
Pierre Hyvernat wrote to me from France for permission to use some of my plane designs at an event by the Organisation des Origamistes de Rhône-Alpes et d’Ailleurs (OORAA, a French cheer). I know nothing about them, but happily granted their request. Here are some photos from the event. I know little else about it!
You can see the paper planes on the Guardian newspaper website, complete with garish colour schemes. It’s slightly ironic that the plane named after my freundin aus Freising, Silke, has a German cross emblazoned on it…
Somewhat depressingly, my first proper book on paper airplanes is still in print around the world and I got a (very) flat fee of £1200 for it.
Anyone who took up origami during the last 10 or so years may not be familiar with the names of Paulo Mulatinho and Silke Schroder. The rest of us know Paulo as a gifted artist and paper-folding enthusiast who founded Origami Deutschland in 1989 and traveled the world, meeting creative origamists and using his unique talents to promote origami in Germany and beyond.
Silke acted as his creative muse as well as running her own exceptionally well stocked origami store, Viereck Verlag. Paulo stood down as honorary president of OD in 2005 and the couple have kept a remarkably low profile since.
However, plans were being made. Their enthusiasm for, and vision of the beauty of origami has now found fruit in the Origami Gallery, based in their home town of Freising, a few miles north of Munich. They have rented the apartment below their own and transformed it into a superb gallery, presenting exhibitions of creative and artisitic origami work.
Paulo’s natural ability in graphic design means that nothing is spared in presenting origami as it should be, artistically, sensitively and beautifully. I urge you to check out their website www.origami-galerie.deand to invest in the catalogues immediately!
They started with a highly-successful exhibition of the works of Vincent Floderer. They drove to France to collect Vincent’s finest work, brought it back to Freising and mounted the exhibition, entitled “Crumpling”.
Following this have been exhibitions devoted to the work of Annett Deppe, Taro Toriumi und Tomoko Fuse, Ramin Ranzani and the current exhibition, “Confluence” featuring the work of Assia and Dave Brill. For each exhibition, Paulo has produced a superb catalogue of the exhibits, in itself a work of art. You can buy them online from www.viereck-verlag.de.
In my opinion, this is the way to present origami as art – treat it with the respect it deserves and present the finest designs anywhere in the world. I wish we had an Origami Galerie in England…
I’ve just attended (virtually) an origami meeting in Munich, at the house of Susanne & Oliver. I taught two folds using a webcam (via skype) and could see onscreen that at least one person understood and followed my instructions! OK, the video pictures weren’t brilliant, but this could be a really good way of broadening the international attendance at origami meetings. The chap standing on the right is Klaus Deiter Ennen.
Just back, both knackered and elated, from the (highly succesful) International Convention for Didactics of Paperfolding for Educators (snappy titel, nicht wahr?). Ahead of finding time for as full a write-up as I can manage, here is a photo of a small fraction of the library in Joan Sallas’ room at his flat in Freiburg. This awesome collection dates from the 15th century to the modern day and would take months to wade through.
Next week I’ll by flying out to Freiburg im Breisgau for the 5th International Convention For Didactics Of Paperfolding For Educators. This annual event is co-ordinated by Joan Sallas and a small team. The idea is to spend the weekend focusing not particularly on folding models, but to look at how they are taught, diagrammed and communicated.
For me, this makes a welcome change, taking origami perhaps more seriously as an educational tool, rather than a means of entertainment. There are over 150 people who have volunteered to give a lecture of some kind, which must represent a wealth of skills and ability.
The conference is different in other ways, recognising that not everyone has money to spare for origami weekends away. To this end, they make use of a local school hall where people can bring a sleeping bag and stay overnight at minimal cost. I suspect the majority of paperfolders fall outside the “poor” category and some probably have little idea how the cost of a typical origami convention can be impossible to meet.
Sallas himself is one of those rare folders who loves history. Whilst most folders have no real desire to learn where origami came from, he is forever researching the subject, unveiling fascinating information to us closet academics. His most recent studies are about napkin folding and he may already be the worlds leading authority on the subject.
With Palacios and Lister getting slightly older, he may well be the next generation historian I’ve been waiting for. He’s also the author of some books and has a real twinkle in his eye, he reminds me in many ways of the late, great Thoki Yenn.
So, for a variety of reasons, I’m really looking forward to next weekend and will report back after the event. I hope to meet some of you there.
I was interviewed in Dubai by the “Gulf Today” paper and the results are on the journalist’s blog. Whilst googling for similar pages, I found an interesting flash-based website for a company called “Origami Creative Dubai” – http://www.origamicreative.ae/