FUN Origami Club Gallery

Founded in the summer 2020, the FUN Origami Club (FUN: Fantastic Unfolded Network) currently meets monthly via Zoom.  This year, I ran the virtual origami exhibition contest called Maynard Folds for a grant and with two folding gathering sessions, I discovered there is now interest in a local in-person club.  The intent is to house it as a hybrid club at the Maynard Public Library on first Saturdays from 3-4:30pm, with the in-person part starting in February 2022.

We say, “Create awesome origami!  Fold.  Make boxes, toys, animals, mobiles, holiday gifts, and even fold with balloons!”

Teachers: Lisa, Francene, Shelley, André, Xander, and others to come.  Everyone can teach. 

Origami Club Subjects: Announcements, folding models, folding origami bases, creating origami greeting cards, origami poetry, song, jewelry, fine art, and more.

Origami Models Taught: Foundational origami bases, jumping grasshopper, sitting fox, jumping frog, books, goldfish, sleeping puppy, dog’s head, kabuto, simple pumpkin, tissue ghost, torch, 2D ghost, Capricornia, turkey, envelope, two-fold Santa, Christmas stocking, dreidel, candle, 2D snowflake, 3D snowflake, heart with wings, love bug (Cicada with Heart Transplant technique), star box, simple 8.5x11in paper book, shamrock, traditional crane, Korean crane, extra crane wings, flapping bird, Sampan, Masu Box, and the hammerhead shark.

Origami Teacher Statements:

Lisa B. Corfman: Born and raised in the Boston area, I am an origami (paperfolding) inspired artist.  With a BFA from Endicott College (Beverly, MA), I took a full range of art classes, from studio arts, to education, graphic design, and art therapy. There I studied under Professor Barbara Burgess-Maier and refined my drawing skills, becoming proficient at charcoal drawing.  Burgess-Maier said “Draw what you love,” so the charcoal drawing of origami series was born.  I became a poet under Professor Dan Sklar.  To Sklar’s advice “Write anything,” I did and began crafting poetry on subjects emphasizing origami.  Now all of my art forms revolve around origami.  In May 2014 I attained my Advanced Certificate in Marketing in New York which helped me strengthen my business skills including the act of developing and building her website, today as www.OrigamiPlace.com, which lists Lisa’s retail locations, options for taking a workshop, classes, running a party, exhibitions, and Lisa’s origami shop. I say “Discover paperfolding, materials galore!” as the entrepreneur of Origami Place – we make, sell, teach, and showcase origami arts embracing paper’s wonders.  With the FUN Origami Club, I strive to bring the excitement of origami to all, and for everyone to find ways to grow, achieve and enjoy our origami goods and services.

André van Meulebrouck:  I’m a computer programmer who started with origami when I was 4 years old.  My father taught me origami as a way to get to me to sit still, learn patience, and focus.  (My wife when hearing this story likes to razz me and ask “Did it work?”.  =:0)  My father teaching me origami, in a day and age before computers became household items, prepared me for a future in technology that neither of us could see from where we sat.  I gave up origami in High School; but one day as an adult, while building a computer and using a pair of tweezers (as I often did when doing origami), I had an epiphany.  Of all the things I learned growing up, the thing that most prepared me for building and programming computers was origami.  I then mused that while it had played a role, I’ve since moved on to more important adult activities.  Then I caught myself, and began to wonder if I still have things to learn from origami:  like patience, focus, and problem solving.  So, I resumed origami from that point on, and have never stopped folding since.  Origami truly is engineering with paper.

Xander Arena: I am a nuclear medicine technologist. I live in Phoenix, AZ with my lovely wife Patti, my children, and many animals. I first learned origami techniques in the 1980's under instruction of Frau Rasmussen, a German immigrant to the US.  I published an origami book of his own titled "Origami Over the Edge" in 2009.  I sought to design creatures which hadn't been seen elsewhere and the hammerhead shark was a good subject. I designed this model using the fish base because... why not?!

Enzo Tuzzolo: My adventures in origami began when my kindergarten art teacher taught us how to make an origami cat. I was immediately taken by the endless possibilities of folding. Since then, origami has been a daily practice and an important part of my identity. I find folding to be relaxing and rewarding. I’ve had fun over the years folding the designs of great origami masters from around the world, while also creatively adapting models and designing my own. During the pandemic, when I was feeling isolated, I decided to start my own YouTube channel. The ‘4th Grade Origamist’ created an opportunity for me to share and connect with other origamists. I enjoy folding on my own but especially love folding with others!  Link to my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2-Fhm2WMmnxgvEqamqw1kg/videos