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Mega-Origami Folding Fiesta

Have you ever tried to fold your living room carpet… into an elephant?

At the recent annual Origami USA convention, I followed a team of four women who had a lot of fun folding a mega-size origami elephant while participating in the large-size paper folding competition –organized and hosted by Sok Song.

The members of this hard-working team were: Kayo Kurata -Team Leader, (Pacifica, CA), Karen Buse (San Francisco, CA), Doris Asano (Phoenix, AZ), Deborah Pun  (Berkeley, CA).

Here is a video showing in three minutes how this team folded their big elephant. We can also see other large size models folded by different teams during this event.

Below are more photo highlights of the Origami USA convention 2012

John Lapko (New Jersey, US) teaches informally at the Hospitality Area.


Diego Fernando Becerra (Colombia) gave the Colombian Convention book
to a star student in the class he taught.


Twenty five people successfully completed the modular heart-frame cube
taught by Leyla Torres.


Left: Mary Jane Ketter, (Georgia, US) shows off the pins she collected at the origami pin exchange event. Right: Beth Johnson (Michigan, US) and Sipho Mabona (Switzerland) fold together in the hospitality area.


First photo: 3D Variation of Carmen Sprung’s Bonn Star, created and taught by Sunil Dhavalikar at Origami USA convention.


What do you enjoy most when you attend an origami convention?
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11 thoughts on “Mega-Origami Folding Fiesta”

  1. Precioso Leyla!.. a mis alumnos les encanta hacer “origami gigante”.. pero no como este!.. acá lo más grande que se consigue es de 70 cm de ancho..
    Se lo ve super divertido y las cosas que quedaron son preciosas!..
    Me encanto! Que lindo formar parte de una fiesta asi.. =)
    Saludos desde Córdoba, Arg!

  2. I wish I could afford to attend one of those conventions. But with the recession and everything I will probably need 10+ years to be able to do it *sigh*

    • I know how you feel Anastasia! Going to conventions is an expense. It also requires a lot of energy and traveling that are not always possible.
      I was talking to a friend at the convention about one positive thing that we can focus on: the fact that many of us, paper folders, can communicate and share this art via Internet. It is like participating in a constant world-wide convention!
      Are you on Facebook? There are tons of people showing and sharing their creations there!
      Also, are you a member of the Origami list “O-list”? It is a place to share, read, ask/answer about origami related subjects.
      To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit http://lists.digitalorigami.com/mailman/listinfo/origami
      or, via email, send a message with subject or body ‘help’ to

      Best wishes, and thank you for commenting here!


    • Thank you Linda for posting a reply. I took some time off for a short and quiet vacation after the excitement of the origami convention in NYC. Now I’m back and re-energized!

  3. Wonderful video, Leyla! Watching that made me realize that the model was really challenging – they did a great job. I think your music choice should have been playing during the competition :)

    • Tricia and Luciacara,
      Thank you for your comments. I happened across this piece of music when I was editing my video, and it fitted perfectly to convey the festive energy of this origami event.

  4. Thank you for posting this, Leyla!— just wonderful photos and video- really captures the essence of the convention! I’m still tapping my toes to your video music selection :-) Especially love the photo of John— ready and willing to teach any model a person wants to learn- a true “origamispirit”!


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