Meet the origamists featured in BETWEEN THE FOLDS.
Erik Demaine is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Called one of the most brilliant scientists in America by Popular Science, he received a MacArthur Genius Fellowship at the age of 22. Demaine’s work combines science and art, geometry, paper folding and computational origami.
Read Erik’s introduction to folding and unfolding >>
Giang Dinh has studied architecture in both the U.S. and Vietnam. His art and original origami models have been exhibited around the world. To Dinh, origami is a form of paper sculpture. He folds most of his models using handmade or watercolor paper.
See some of Dinh’s minimalist paper figures >>
French paper folder Vincent Floderer is known as the “master of crumpling.” He uses folding to create thousands of creases, resulting in elasticity. A leader in the French creative origami movement, Floderer’s crumpling has spawned a new set of folding techniques and experimentation. His best-known projects include the “realistic tree” design.
Watch as Floderer demonstrates the instructions for folding his crumpled mushroom >>
Miri Golan is the founder and director of the Israeli Origami Center, which trains and place origami teachers in Jewish, Muslim and Christian schools. The Center, which was founded in 1993, is a world leader for the use of origami in education. Golan has taught origami and lectured about her educational work around the world.
Watch a short film on Golan’s work >>
Tom Hull is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts and is the author of Project Origami. He finished his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Rhode Island in 1997; his current field of study includes the mathematics of origami.
Paul Jackson has been a professional origami artist since 1982. He has written more than 20 books on origami, pop-ups and paper sculpture, including the best selling The Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques. He divides his time between using traditional origami techniques in media, design and education, and the creative exposition of these techniques in the context of a fine art practice.
See some of Jackson’s original origami diagrams >>
One of France’s leading origami artists, Eric Joisel has a background in sculpting and drawing and has been a professional paper folder since 1992. His complex and highly original origami is said to resemble clay sculptures.
See Joisel’s masterworks from the Lord of the Rings >>
Joisel died on October 10, 2010 near Paris. Director Vanessa Gould remembers him here.
Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander
Michael LaFosse has been creating origami fine art from his handmade papers since 1974. He and Richard Alexander founded the Origamido Studio in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Both biologists, these men specialize in natural history art. LaFosse and Alexander have been teaching origami through video since 1992, and have authored dozens of books and kits on paper folding. Origamido Studio's primary mission is to introduce people to paper folding through books, videos, classes and workshops.
Robert J. Lang
Robert J. Lang has been an avid student of origami for more than 40 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, and is one of the pioneers of mathematical origami. Lang’s work has been exhibited in museums around the world. He is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on origami art and design.
Watch “Flapping Birds and Space Telescopes,” a lecture by Lang at the 2008 TED conference >>
Chris K. Palmer
Chris K. Palmer has taught and exhibited his origami work globally. His folding projects specialize in tessellations—created when a shape is repeated across a plane without any gaps or overlaps—as well as “polypouches” and twists. Palmer’s recent work focuses on using cloth and silk.
Watch a video on Palmer’s “zonohedron” >>
Brian Chan has been an avid origami folder for many years. He began folding seriously when attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has attended OrigamiUSA (OUSA) conventions and was invited to speak at the 2006 Japan Origami Academic Society (JOAS) Convention. As an artist, he is drawn to paper folding for its challenges and use of geometry.
See some of Brian’s original designs >>
Joel Cooper specializes in origami tessellation techniques, and is known for his paper mask designs. Many of his projects are dyed, hand-painted or stained. He also works as a librarian.
View pictures of Joel’s work >>
Eric Gjerde focuses on the geometric art of origami tessellations. He has taught at workshops and origami conventions and exhibited his art internationally. Gjerde lives in Minneapolis, MN and also works as a technology professional. He is the author of Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs.
See pictures of Eric’s work >>
Born in Nagoya, Japan, Satoshi Kamiya has created hundreds of original origami models. His designs are highly complex, and all require only one piece of paper. His best-known models include dragons, a wizard, dinosaurs, a woolly mammoth and a blue whale.
Watch videos of Kamiya folding his famous models and more >>
Bernie Peyton earned a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and has worked as a wildlife biologist and conservationist. A long-time paper folder, he began designing his own origami models in 1998 and specializes in a sculptural approach to paper folding.
View a gallery of Bernie’s designs >>
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