Monday, April 28, 2014

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2014

The roll of paper in my right hand is the size I used for the Montroll horse

 I missed coming last year.  I miss the days when Yami, Joe, and yours truly would work these events together.  That said, it was nice to be back at the Monterey Park festival and seeing the regulars there; and it was great to have my folding friends, Marti and Chila, join me.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Funnies

“Learn the principle, abide by the principle, dissolve the principle.

 …In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it."

-Bruce Lee

Monday, April 21, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday Folding Project

Video description:

designed and folded by Peter Stein, April 2014 - Happy Easter!
recommended papersize: 12x12cm, duo-color, wetfolded from heavy paper (300gr).
Papersize in the video: 15x15 cm (kami paper)

Stan Sakai Benefit Auction: Round Two

Sharon Sakai is finally home; but the medical bills still need to be paid.

Not the Easter Bunny

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Photo of the Day

Tanya Little Little dreamer, fly away. I have always loved Origami, and seeing the expressions on the boys' faces when they realize they can make things out of paper, too.. well, I adore it. Let your imagination guide you little ones.

Sunday Funnies

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

Joseph Wu contributing to Sakai benefit auction

Stan Sakai is the creator of the masterful masterless samurai epic, Usagi Yojimbo

Joseph Wu has donated his Usagi Yojimbo model to CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) for auctioning on Ebay.  This is on behalf of Stan's wife who has been ill, to raise money against mounting medical bills.  

There are 9 days left to place your bid.  

 This is an auction conceived and organized by CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) to help aid USAGI YOJIMBO creator Stan Sakai and his wonderful wife Sharon with increasing medical bills due to Sharon's present debilitating illness. We have items by many of the industry's top artists, companies, and fans alike. With over 400 pieces to be auctioned here, we will be listing 30-40 pieces of original art, signed prints and books, and limited edition statues every week. Each auction will run 10 days, and will start on every Thursday for a minimum of 10 weeks. Be sure to bookmark this page, and let's raise some money for a great guy and his family!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Paper will never become obsolete

Hat tip:  Ginger Phillips

World Autism Awareness Day

Origami Resource Center:

Some therapists have found that origami helps those with low self esteem, anxiety, ADHD, autism, mental retardation, and other psychological conditions.

Mrs. Granda's supplies project in order to teach origami to kids with ADHD and/or Asperger's, from 2 years ago:

Thank you so much for your donations to this origami project proposal. The books and papers have arrived and my students are thoroughly enjoying the art of origami! Students come to borrow the books and paper for study hall, their time with our Behavior Specialist, and to make copies to take home. Origami has become a trend in our high school classes. Students are teaching each other how to make new things and sharing ideas. It is really cool for me to see younger students (who have difficulty reading) able to "read" the visual instructions in the origami books. All throughout the art program, origami is helping build my students' confidence. I posted pictures of my students checking out the books on the day they arrived. My high school class took a break from the current project to enjoy the new supplies!

I'm sure many readers have heard of "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda" by Tom Angleberger.  Less known perhaps is that Mr. Angleberger has Asperger Syndrome.

Tom, whom I interviewed last year, has Asperger Syndrome and has never made a big deal of it — never even spelled out that   Dwight, the hero of his Origami Yoda series, has Asperger Syndrome, too.
Temple Grandin:

You know, all I wanted to do was draw pictures of horses when I was little. My mother said, "Well let's do a picture of something else." They've got to learn how to do something else. Let's say the kid is fixated on Legos. Let's get him working on building different things. The thing about the autistic mind is it tends to be fixated. Like if a kid loves racecars, let's use racecars for math. Let's figure out how long it takes a racecar to go a certain distance. In other words, use that fixation in order to motivate that kid, that's one of the things we need to do.
One of the autistic kids I used to work with in gymnastics had a fixation with planes.  He could tell you everything you ever needed to know about them.  I tried to impress him with paper gliders but he never took to much interest in those.

If anyone knows of any other good links to stories related to origami and autism, drop me a link.


December 9, 2006

I was taken advantage of, doing this without pay (too naive and unconcerned about what they were doing).  I don't know if they ever actually used this footage; but at least they sent me a copy of this embarrassing, cringe-inducing promo video, aimed at getting kids excited about geometry:

I have a promo video on VHS from my stint with Sony Pictures Imageworks booth at Siggraph in 2007.  Maybe one day I'll transfer that one over.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Janessa Munt on Oregon Public Broadcasting


While she was growing up, Munt would fold origami both at home and school. “I started checking out almost every origami book I could find at the library,” she says.
Munt got her first job at a small gift shop about a year and a half ago because she wanted to make money to go to an origami convention. On her first day, she gave her bosses a little dollar-bill koi. They loved it and put it on display for everyone to see. Soon, customers started asking Munt if she could make origami figures for them.


Ever notice how the word "gullible", when you say it out loud very slowly, can often sound like you're saying "origami"?!

Fifteen Hundred Passenger Pigeons

Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Pennsylvania:

April NOA #464 Review