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Origami Convention in New York City, 2013

If you ever have the opportunity to attend an origami convention, don’t miss that opportunity! I’m just back from another mega origami convention in New York City  (June 21-25, 2013).  And as always, it was delicious fun, fun, fun!!


It is a delight for me to learn, to meet all those wonderful friends who love the art of origami as much as I do, and to teach and share my own experience and knowledge with others. Here I post photographs of the models I folded in NYC, and below the names of their creators.

1.Teddy bear (Joel Stern) :: 2.Gift card (Shoko Aoyagi) :: 3.Angry fish (Bernie Peyton) :: 4.Decagonal bowl (Alexander Soukas) :: 5.Facebook logo (Ryan MacDonell) :: 6.Lion (Enrique Martínez) :: 7.Butterfly (Shoko Aoyagi) :: 8.XYZ diamonds (Joe Power) :: 9. Owl (Shoko Aoyagi)

My favorite model learned at this origami convention was the Teddy Bear created and taught by Joel Stern. The teddy bear “talks” when you open and close its arms. It also folds flat and can be attached to a greeting card. Diagrams for the Teddy Bear are included in Joel’s book My First Origami Kit: 20 Kid-Tested Sticker Fun Projects.

I also made one of the most popular convention models, Angry Fish, created and taught by the talented Bernie Peyton. This is simply a wonderful model and so much a fun as an inflatable fish with action: when its tail is pulled, it opens and closes its mouth. If anything this is a 200% action model. It doesn’t get better than that!

As for myself I taught a tomato-shaped box created by Carlos Bocanegra and an origami Nail Polish model of my own creation.


Another highlight to this year’s convention was the origami-pin exchange. This has become a beloved traditional event at the origami convention. People make small origami models, attach a pin to the back and voilà… an origami pin is made! Here are the photos (click on the picture to view them larger).


My favorite pin was the one of the cat (first one in the picture) just because it looks like Corazón (AKA Coco) my beloved little kitten.

But what I like the most about these pins is that each represents the joy and passion each person has for origami. Here is a link to an album of photos of people at the origami convention, looking so full of joy and deeply engaged.


Here I also share a very short video with highlights from the exhibition at the origami convention.

And last, but not least, a photo of a miniature origami crane in a keychain
that I received from Anja Markiewicz (Germany) -via Ralf Konrad.


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17 thoughts on “Origami Convention in New York City, 2013”

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  2. Leyla,

    Mil gracias por compartir todos estos lindos momentos de la convención en Nueva York. Es maravilloso verlos a todos y sobretodo el disfrute que genera el Origami. Soy una seguidora de tus proyectos, los disfruto muchísimo! Me encantan!

  3. I’m so glad you liked the teddy bear! Joel taught it out here at monthly POP a few months back and I thought it was a pretty charming model, myself.

    Hoping to get back into the swing of Conventions next year!

  4. Hi Leyla,

    It was so good to meet you at the convention! I also loved the fact that I got a chance to trade pins with you (I gave the calico neko ninja pin).

    This was my first time at the convention, as well as New York, and I was astounded by how many things there are to see and do everywhere. I also got to do the bear action model and the Angry Fish as well. So cool!

    Aloha and mahalo,

    • Hi Ashley,
      I’m so happy you came to NYC and enjoyed the convention. I added the photo of your pin and a few others that traveled in a different box and I had missed them in the picture.
      Thank you for writing!

  5. Hi Leyla, Thanks for your great coverage of the convention! I’m looking forward to your tomato box video!

    • Thankyou for sharing this vid and pics, it must have been great to see such an amazing range of talent on display! The different pins provide great inspiration for creating ‘wearable’ origami, and I was intrigued by the clever nail polish model – innovative design + totally girly, what could be better! :)
      cheers, Rose

  6. ¡Felicidades!

    Extraordinarios trabajos, apenas yo soy principiante espero algún realizar algunos trabajos así. Saludos.

    • Hola Olimpia,

      Lo lindo del origami es que hay modelos para toda la gente, cualquiera que sea su nivel de experiencia. Una vez aprendes las cosas sencillas, puedes ir experimentando con lo más complejo. Lo importante es tener paciencia y perseverancia!

  7. Thanks Leyla for the video of the exhibition room. I was a first timer this year and wasn’t able to find the exhibition room. I guess I was too tired after a long day of folding. Next year, for sure…

    • Hi Cindy, I know what you mean. It can get overwhelming at the convention with so many things to see and to do. What is important is that you enjoyed what you did! I wanted to make a longer video of the exhibition, but it was my first time making it with a smart phone, and I’m just getting the hang of how to use it. So I cut it too short!

      If you visit origami USA website, http://origamiusa.org/convention2013_galleries you can find many links to photos of the exhibition. Even when you have visited the exhibition, you well find that you missed a lot of pieces!


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