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FA 2005 Guests

A large part of what makes an origami convention so interesting is the variety of guests it attracts. Folding Australia is proud to announce its guests from the Japanese Academic Origami Society, Makoto Yamaguchi, Jun Maekawa and Satoshi Kamiya. These 3 have an enormous influence on origami in Japan and around the world, having collectively published over 60 books.

Folding Australia is also very pleased to introduce our other international and local guests. I hope you enjoy reading their biographies, seeing their pictures and meeting them in person at Folding Australia 2005.

Click on a name below to learn about the person.


Makoto Yamaguchi

Makoto Yamaguchi

Makoto Yamaguchi Biography

Born in 1944. Yamaguchi became an active professional folder after he was appointed a secretary of Nippon Origami Association. In 1989, Yamaguchi founded Japan'."'".'s first origami gallery "Origami House", where many young folders are grown, and he actively collaborates with foreign folders and origami groups. Currently, Yamaguchi is a member of the Board and the Secretary of Japan Origami Academic Society and a member of the Board of Trustees of Nippon Origami Association

For a short list of some of his books see the website:

Jun Maekawa

Jun Maekawa
Maekawa Jun at Orikami, a locality in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

Jun Maekawa Biography

Born 1958 in Tokyo.

Majored in physics at university.

Maekawa is best known as an international researcher of Origami.

His published books include "Viva ! Origami", 1983. His work during the 1980's introduced a specific Origami design method based on geometric analysis to create patterns; the method was recognised as the beginning of the prosperity for complex Origami.

Achieved the Maekawa theorem. His original theory in Origami-mathematics.

In 1994 he was selected as a member of program committee with "Second International Meeting of Origami Science and Scientific Origami" as well as a foundation committee for Japan Origami Academic Society in 1999.

Maekawa's Interests are not just Origami as an art form and mathematics but he also appreciates and devotes time to study the history and folklore of origami.

He is an avid collector of textiles, pottery and printed material which has the paper crane pattern.


1980年代に、著作"Viva! Origami"などで、crease patternsのgeometric analysisに 基づく、折り紙のdesign method を発表した。

それは、complex origamiのprosperityのきっかけのひとつと言われる。

折り紙の数学では、Maekawa theoremの業績などがある。

"Second International Meeting of Origami Science and Scientific Origami" (1994) の program committee、Japan Origami Academic Societyのfoundation committee(1999)の メンバーを務める。

アートとしての折り紙や、数学だけではなく、折り紙の歴史やfolkloreなどにも関心を 持っており、intersectionalな折り紙のresearcherである。

また、デザインにpaper craneが使われた布、陶器、印刷物などのコレクターでもある。

Works by Jun Maekawa

Satoshi Kamiya

Satoshi Kamiya

Satoshi Kamiya Biography

Born in 1981 in Nagoya, Japan, Kamiya Satoshi began folding paper since his infanthood, and he has been folding since then, without any period without folding.
In 1993, Kamiya joined Origami Tanteidan (currently JOAS), and, inspired by supercomplex models he saw there, he began real designing of origami models.
In 1999, Kamiya won his first championship in the 3rd Origami Tournament in a TV program "TV Champion", and he has won three championships in a row since then.
In 2000, Kamiya went abroad and studied origami there for two years, meeting various creators and folders.
Currently, Kamiya keeps on designing models, seeking for the extensions of the art of origami.

Works by Satoshi Kamiya


Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer pictured in front of on of his hira-ori tesselations.

Chris Palmer Biography
Chris K. Palmer is a professional artist who has been drawing and doing origami since childhood. In 1991 he traveled to Granada, Spain where he lived in the caves of Sacremonte and sketched the mosaic tilings in the Alhambra for 6 months.

These studies combined well with a modern branch of paperfolding called 'hira-ori' (flat-fold) from the works of Shuzo Fujimoto. Following Fujimoto's example, and with the invaluable aid of artist Jeremy Shafer, Chris studied and developed this kind of paperfolding and views his work as watering the garden that Fujimoto planted. 1995 the artist made the leap from paperfolding to pleating textile. Chris's unique combination of expertise in the geometry of tilings, paperfolding and traditional textile pleating techniques and the innovative vision to combine these skills made this development possible. Each discipline has augmented and complemented the others, producing significant innovations in all three.

Chris has also created a variety of flowers and boxes, his favorite origami subjects. Some are 3-dimensional and one can both lie flat and stand up to form a 'Flower Tower'!

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Kay Eng

Kay Eng

Kay Eng Biography

When my work was moved to Boca Raton, Florida, I got transfered to New York state where I didn't have any family or friends. I knew that since I was now living and working here, I had to find things that I like to do. I was so lucky that I saw an artlicle on a local Origami Tree. The article said 'New members are welcomed'. After attending the local origami club meeting, I fell in love with the magic of Origami, As a result, I have been folding and teaching origami for about 16 years. I am now in charge of decorating the local Orange County Origami Club's 12 foot tree, which is displayed at the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY. In addition, I have folded for the OrigamiUSA 14 foot tree, which is displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. For the past three years, I have taught origami at the Festival of Origami Architecture at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC during the Cherry Blossum Festival.

I've also had the pleasure of teaching origami at the Taitendan Covention in Tokyo, Japan and at the Nippon Origami Association Convention in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

Some of my other teaching engagements have included the Southeast Origami Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CARE Event at Central Park Zoo in NYC, the Asian Arts Festival at the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem, NY, the Reception for Child Artists of "The Day Our World Changed: Children's Art of 9/11" at the Museum of City of New York, SMART (Science, Math, Art and Technology) Links at SUNY - Orange Hall Gallery in Middletown, the Pacific Coast Origami Convention, and the Museum of Natural History in NYC.

June Sakamoto

June Sakamoto

June Sakamoto Biography

I am a third generation Japanese-American born in San Jose, California. I learned how to fold my first origami model, the traditional crane, from my mother at age 7. I became self-taught in this art and have been folding ever since.

I have been working as a professional origami artist/instructor since 1990. I have traveled to attend various origami conventions and events around the world and have taught origami to countless children and adults. I also teach origami locally to children via my work through Project Impact, an organization in New Jersey which conducts educational workshops for schools and other institutions.

I am currently on the OrigamiUSA board of directors and serve as executive secretary and exhibition chairperson. My biggest responsibility for this non-profit organization is to design and execute the decorating of their annual Origami Holiday Tree which is on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This is a 14 foot tall tree which has a unique design and theme each year and consists entirely of thousands of origami models.

I have appeared on the Martha Stewart Living TV show (first aired on July 2002 and was recently repeated) and have done an episode for PBS' new TV 411 program last year. I have also been interviewed on numerous TV news programs when the origami tree-lighting ceremony has been broadcast on networks around the world.

I have translated into English a bilingual origami book published by popular Japanese origami author, Makoto Yamaguchi titled, "Let's Enjoy Origami" and a second book, "Origami A to Z".

June Sakamoto
9 Merrill Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07430


For additional information on origami, I recommend the following website: (official website of OrigamiUSA) is an excellent source to purchase papers and books. Check under "Calendar of Events" to see photos of past Origami Holiday Trees I've designed and executed.

Works by June Sakamoto


Steven Casey

Steven Casey

Steven Casey Biography

When I was aged nine or ten I came across a copy of Robert Harbin's "Origami 1" at School. Every week an afternoon was reserved for activities and I joined in with other kids to learn a new origami model. After mastering a blowup frog I decided I must get my own copy. After a time I collected other books by Harbin and others and a few years later I received a copy of "Secrets Of Origami" for my birthday. This was a milestone and I decided I wanted to do origami forever I loved it so much.

At age fourteen or fifteen I came across Harbin's Origami a Step by Step Guide. This was by far the most exciting book on origami I had seen to date. I had tried to design a few simple models and this book inspired me to explore more advanced themes. At this point I think I was really hooked!

Works by Steven Casey

Matt Gardiner

Matt Gardiner

Matt Gardiner Biography

Matt Gardiner is passionate about origami, code, and interactive media.

Matt codes and maintains, it is the key portal for information on the movements and activities in Australian origami, and the Melbourne Origami Group.

He acts as a facilitator of Origami in Australia, directing and pushing Australian Origami to new levels. Matt has plans of becoming a publisher of high quality origami books, and has very high respect for Origami House in Tokyo, where he spent 4 weeks as a volunteer in preparation for Tanteidan 10 in 2004. He hopes that Australian origami will one day be seen as a new wave of creativity that will influence global origami ideas.

His recent work Oribotics was exhibited at Electrofringe, and Next Wave in 2004. While not lecturing and making robotic art, Matt is director of Airstrip, consulting in cutting edge solutions for web, new media, and origami.

The Australia Council for the arts has given him a 3 month residency in Tokyo, where he will work closely with Japanese origami, robotics, and technology to continue developing Oribotics

Exhibitions of his new media work have been shown in Melbourne, Brisbane and Bangkok. His two recent works have fused origami and technology. Orimattic is a screen based programmatic work, and Oribotics is a sculptural robotic work. Oribotics was developed during a residency at the Latrobe Regional Gallery and uses Origami, Lego, and custom hardware. Oribotic works are glimpses at the future of origami and technology, and have strong links to nature and the culture of origami, see

Works by Matt Gardiner

David Moell

David Moell

David Moell Biography

I became interested in origami about 10 years ago when I was given a book as a gift and started designing my own models about 5 years ago.

Mostly I like models that are not too long winded to fold but represent the subject in a natural and unforced way.

Works by David Moell

Gareth Louis

Gareth Louis

Gareth Louis Biography

I have been folding since 1991 in the classroom. Folding came about from inspiration from some close friends who motivated me into the craft. Since then, the obsession has really absorbed my leisure and invoked some sense of satisfaction towards my daily life. Origami is fun! Let's make it that way!

I have no names for my first books but these were mostly not authored children's folding books. It was not until 1994 that I purchased my first origami book authored by Paulo Mulathino plainly entitled 'Origami'.

My area of interest is currently oriented towards dual subject models, vehicles and objects. On a technical approach I try to incorporate several techniques, mainly including colour-changes, appendage mining, off-setting and segment isolation in my models. Basically I try to realise any idea that comes into mind, into a practical model.

Throughout the years inspiration came from several folders noting their innovation implemented towards their designs, Marc Kirschenbaum (colour-changing), David Brill (artistic cum mechanical folding),and Steven Casey (simplicity and efficiency). I am heavily influenced by their work and try to 'steal' techniques to implement towards my creativity. Henri Matisse once said 'good artists borrow, great artists steal'.

Works by Gareth Louis

Brenda Saunders

Brenda Saunders

Brenda Saunders Biography

In 1969 at the age of 12 and before my favourite show 'Dr Who', there was a ten minute segment on paper folding demonstrated by a kindly and patient person known as Robert Harbin. At the start of the segment he would encourage his viewers to have a square piece of paper ready, I was one of these enthusiastic viewers folding each fold as he did; sometimes becoming hopelessly lost. Every Sunday at the same time, I had my piece of paper ready - I was hooked for life! Folding spanish boxes from memory, my mum and sister filled them with sweets; these were sold at the local church fete and were a big hit.

My mother wrote to my aunt in London, who sent me Robert Harbin's first two books Origami 1 and 2.

Since that time folding had been spasmodic, but I managed to collect the books on the subject over the years and found some Origami paper. Due to the fact that there was no one I knew who had the interest nor could I get anyone to be interested enough, it was rather a lonely pursuit and resigned myself as an 'eccentric'.

In the early 1990s I wrote to various organisations around the world for information. I joined the Nippon Origami Association and received their magazines and gained an Elementary Instructors certificate from them. Whilst I was at University in a Double Degree course, I used Origami to create an alphabet book, featuring various animals for each letter, for children with wooden covers.

Later I was to find and join the Melbourne Origami Group by chance at a paper show - a fusion of like-minds, I've never looked back. Apart from regular meetings in Melbourne, we demonstrate folding at various festivals, places and schools when requested.

Works by Brenda Saunders

Darren Scott

Darren Scott

Darren Scott Biography

I am currently 31 but in origami years just a teenager. My folding experience started just over 17 years ago when my grandfather taught me several simple models including the lovers knot. Shortly after this we had the chance to fold at school, realising I was able to understand the diagrams, I was inspired to learn more and began hunting for books in second hand shops and still continue this today. When starting university I needed something to fill my time in some of the less interesting classes, once again origami came to my rescue. Towards the end of my studies the use of the internet and the' origami mailing list became a valuable resource.

With the help of the origami mailing list I was able to contact Martin Liu, giving us the chance to form Melbourne Origami, which has been meeting for the last 6 years. As part of the promotion for our group we attended the Melbourne Paper Arts festival which has given me several opportunities including consulting on several advertising campaigns and writing a book on teabag folding. Most recently I have attended several international conventions (thanks to Martins stimulating tales). Teaching at the South Eastern Origami Festival and seeing the work from great artists has inspired me to use new techniques such as wet folding and back coating. I have further been encouraged to publish more work including projects for Australian Paper Arts, Computer Craft, diagrams for the British Origami Society and articles for Origami USA and CDO (Italian origami association). I frequently contribute to with articles, diagrams and reports. And my personal home page is I was the artist liaison for the first Australian convention which gave me the opportunity to work with Australia's leading origami artists.

Works by Darren Scott

Clare Chamberlain

Clare Chamberlain

Clare Chamberlain Biography

I'm Clare Chamberlain, and am a veteran of folding as I attended Japanese kindergarten, and haven't stopped folding since. (Yes, I'm very tired!)

I spend my early childhood in Japan, then moved to England when I was 11. A couple of years later, my Dad, who used to fold quite a bit with me, saw an ad for a British Origami Society Exhibition in Birmingham, where we lived. I attended, and joined up on the spot.

Those were the days of meetings at Mick Guys house, with the likes of Max Hulme, David Brill, and of course, my hero then and now, Paul Jackson. Even in those days, I was drawn to simple origami, such as Takahama's yacht, and still love minimalist origami, and using my folds to make cards. This love of simplicity was quite difficult to maintain in those heady days in the early 1970s when origami was all about making more and more complex models.

Since graduating, I have lived variously in Japan and Australia, where my love for origami ahs grown, as has my collection of origami books. With Steven Casey and a few others, we started a portfolio of origami that was mailed around Australia in around 1985, but I didn't really get anything off the ground until I started Perth Origami group 3 years ago. The timing for this was largely influenced by the growth of email, including support from Joseph Wu's Origami Digest, and my daughter being old enough to be interested in origami herself.

It has been great to see origami spread throughout Australia, and to think that I have played a small role in this. I still love teaching and sharing origami, and promoting its use in other crafts and schools. I particularly enjoy modular folding, and making cards, combining this with other paper crafts. I can be contacted on

The pursuit of papers, books and the need to know all about origami here and around the world is always on my mind. To promote origami throughout Australia is an aim I subscribe to. To be part of Folding Australia 2005 is something that realizes a dream that origami been presented in Australia with local and international origami artists.

Works by Clare Chamberlain

Martin Liu

Martin Liu

Martin Liu Biography

The pursuit of papers, books and the need to know all about origami here and around the world is always on my mind. To promote origami throughout Australia is an aim I subscribe to. To be part of Folding Australia 2005 is something that realizes a dream that origami been presented in Australia with local and international origami artists.

New Zealand

Jonathan Baxter

Jonathan Baxter

Jonathan Baxter Biography

Jonathan is a visual artist who has worked in the field for more than 25 years. He currently works in the paper medium, specializing in an area of paper folding known as 'Origami'. Japanese in origin it is now widely practiced throughout the world and presents the artist with the challenge of extracting the desired shape from the paper by only folding the paper. There is no cutting, gluing, stapling, taping or any other connecting method used in the work, some of which has in excess of 200 folds to create the finished shape. He also offers programs in the art of paper folding, providing quality demonstrations and lessons suitable to a wide range of audiences.

In 1999 Jonathan was one of 5 people from around the world invited by Japan's greatest living origami master Akira Yoshizawa to exhibit with him in a Tokyo gallery. He is an accomplished artist in the art of Origami and has sold his work at fine art shows and galleries throughout the United States. Commercial assignments include origami sculptures for print and television, large-scale art pieces for corporations, and special event promotions. In 1994 he established the Southeast Origami Festival, a bi-annual event that has now become the biggest of it's kind in the world. He regularly appears at cultural events, recreation centers, libraries, after school programs, demonstrating, teaching and entertaining with this extraordinary art form. In 2001 he was awarded the prestigious "Michael Shall award" by the US National Origami organization for his work in promoting the art form.

Now resident in New Zealand he is bringing the fine art of origami to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and installations using contemporary designs in paper folding.

Works by Jonathan Baxter


Ronald Koh

Ronald Koh

Ronald Koh Biography

I am 57 years young.

My fascination with origami began with the simple, traditional pieces that I learned as a child. In 1972, I chanced upon a copy of Robert Harbin"s "Secrets of Origami". That opened my eyes to the mind-boggling possibilities that origami presented. Since then, origami has been a part of my life.

I also have a pronounced appreciation for nature and a love for the animals and other lifeforms that we share the world with. When I began developing origami designs of my own, it seemed only natural that my love for animals and nature became the preferred theme of my creations.

Over the years, many of my creations were exhibited in Singapore, Japan, the USA, and several European countries. My origami has also appeared in a number of publications of origami societies in these countries. I also have a booklet on Origami Goldfish, published by OUSA.

My fondest accomplishment in origami was the designing and folding, together with 15 members and friends of the Origami Group in Singapore, of a 45.49 metre-long King Cobra in 2000. (Please visit for a comprehensive report).

This provided me with the impetus and opportunity, through a number of appearances on national TV, local print media reports and invitations to exhibit, teach and conduct origami-related events, to help promote origami in Singapore as an artform in its own right, and a wholesome pursuit that entire families can share and enjoy together.

Ronald Koh

Works by Ronald Koh

Jacqueline Chong

Jacqueline Chong

Jacqueline Chong Biography

Jacqueline Chong develops origami kits and conducts origami talks, workshops and events from time to time under the business name, Learning Squares. She holds a Diploma in the Montessori Method of Education (Early Childhood) and has 3 young children.

More info can be found at

Works by Jacqueline Chong


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