In early May this year I attended the German Origami Convention in Bonn and was fortunate to meet many friends who I’d previously only known online. I feel this post is a little late in coming –it seems we barely blink and the months vanish, but here it is and better late than never!
Two personal convention highlights were meeting Evi Binzinger and Hans-Werner Guth, both excellent and prolific origami designers. Here at Origami Spirit I have previously presented a lovely origami butterfly by Evi and a geometric flower by Hans.
The special guests for this year’s German convention were Mark Bolitho, Paul Jackson, and Hans-Werner Guth. I enjoyed all the classes I sat in on and even had an opportunity to teach a creation of my own: A Gold Fish.
My teachers at the German convention:
Hans-Werner Guth (tool box created by himself); Heinz Strobl (modular piece created by himself); Christiane Grimm-Angelrath (bracelet created by Dasa Severova); Corien Schiefer (heart bookmarks created by herself); Christine Blasek (modular spinner created by herself); Mark Bolitho (chair created by himself); Anya Midori (four-leaf clover created by herself); Gabriele Vogt (Bon-bon box created by Makoto Yamaguchi); Janneke Wielinga-Dolfien (bull created by Miyuki Kawamuri).
Origami fish I taught at the German convention
Though I don’t speak German, we all communicated easily through our common language of origami and our hands. One aspect I particularly love about origami is that it connects people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world in such a meaningful, purposeful, and peaceful way.
Many thanks to all of you who welcomed me so warmly and made my visit a memorable one.
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