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50th homepageBritish Origami Society 50th Anniversary Convention

Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR

The 50th Anniversary Convention will be a three-day celebration of 50 years since the founding of the British Origami Society. The Convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6YR which is set right in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon in landscaped gardens next to the River Avon. We are pleased and privileged to be joined by four of the world’s finest folders:

fuseTomoko Fuse, Yasaka, Nagano, Japan

Tomoko Fuse is among the best known female origami artists who is largely responsible for the international popularity of unit origami. She has written more than 100 books over the last 30 years describing her ingenious boxes and geometric forms, often constructed from many identically folded units. A frequent invited guest at origami conventions, she has fans all over the world. Working continuously and prolifically, Tomoko also now works in pleated paper and tessellation styles, and she has recently concentrated on large exhibitions in prestigious galleries and installations in Germany, Japan and Malaysia. She lives in a remote, traditional wooden house in the Japanese Alps, near Omachi City.

Paul Jackson, Tel Aviv, Israel

Leeds born Paul Jackson has long been associated with BOS. In the late ‘70s, while still an art student, he surprised many of us with his direct approach, in contrast with then fashionable engineering styles. He was BOS magazine editor from 1982 to 1986. Something of a radical, Paul has always questioned accepted trends and is known for his ability to recognise possibilities from unpromising starting points. His many books include paper design concepts as well as mainstream origami subjects. He established a career as a teacher of folding techniques in art and design schools in the UK, which he continues in Israel where he lives with his wife Miri Golan, the founder of the Israeli Origami Centre, and son Jonathan.

langRobert Lang, Alamo, California USA

A former laser physicist, Robert Lang is now recognised as one of the world’s foremost origami designers. His name is synonymous with technical, highly engineered origami and he has pioneered the computer as a tool for origami design. His book Origami Design Secrets (2011) is considered a key reference work for aspiring creators, as well as for established enthusiasts. Recently he has collaborated with sculptor Kevin Box (New Mexico) to make large scale sculptures based on his origami designs. An OUSA board member for many years, he is seen as a great ambassador for origami, and in his many lectures, he explains complex concepts clearly and directly.

Giang Dinh, Virginia, USA

A man of a few words, Giang Dinh is considered by many to be the leading origami artist in the world today. He emphasises “less is more”, and he continues the philosophies of Akira Yoshizawa by portraying great emotions with the fewest possible folds. A true poet, his origami work is infused with beauty, softness and subtlety. Born in Vietnam, he now lives in Virginia USA, where he works as an architect.

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