Back from the Origami USA convention in New York City my work table is overflowing with origami models, papers, books, and presents. As always the convention has left me recharged with creative energy and a surplus of new ideas!
This year’s special guest was Toshikazu Kawasaki from Japan who is the well-known creator of the famous “Kawasaki Rose” along with many other beautiful models.
Mr. Kawasaki’s “One-minute-rose” class was sold out in just over a minute, and many of us were left out in the cold!
I had the great pleasure of meeting Beth Johnson in person. Beth was this year’s winner of the Florence Temko Award which was established by OrigamiUSA to honor a “Lone Folder” who has contributed to origami in a meaningful way. Beth’s elegant models drew much well-deserved attention at her exhibition table.
There were over six hundred attendees from most US states and many countries including Argentina, Germany, Brasil, Canada, Colombia, Korea, United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland and Venezuela, twenty five percent of whom were first-timers! Great!
Left photo, back row: Lus Pesoa (Brasil) Beth Johnson (US), Leyla Torres (US/Colombia), Noelia Avila (Argentina), Maria M. Acosta, (Colombia); Front row: Lupita Martínez (Mexico) Erika Carcano (Mexico).
Right photo, Gay Merrill Gross (US) shares a story created around her new origami basket design.