What with all the great paper stores in Taos, I have been making quite a few origami boxes. And people have been asking me to teach them. So today I gave an informal origami workshop at Mondo Kultur, my coffee shop of choice. Four of us appropriated the nice, big table in the corner, and we spent a couple of hours with one of my personal favorite designs, one of Tomoko Fuse’s modular square boxes. In the picture, that box design is the one on the left, orange and red, as well as all the boxes along the right side of the photo. The box with the eight-point star on top is a traditional Japanese masu box (elegantly simple and ingenious), and the hexagonal box at the rear is another of Tomoko Fuse’s modular designs:
I had three students: Toni, Tenney, and Deatria. All three produced excellent artworks. And this was a fine experience for me, too, because I began to learn to fold a box “up-side-down” so that I can sit across from my students, yet orient the paper so that it makes sense from their viewpoint. This is more difficult than you might imagine. Top and bottom, right and left get all mixed up.
If you want to learn to make some origami boxes like these, get Tomoko Fuse’s book Origami Boxes. Better yet, maybe you’ll consider joining me during the summer for a whole origami weekend at Water Gap Retreat, Michael Davis’s new “summer camp for adults” on the Shavers Fork near Elkins. WV. I’ll be telling you more about Water Gap Retreat soon. Stay tuned!
2011 UPDATE: In April 2011, I will be teaching a workshop, “Origami Containers,” at Cedar Lakes Craft Center in Ripley, WV. Visit this recent post for more information!