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ancient art of paper folding. Her ability and enthusiasm for teach- ing have won her a wide circle of devoted followers. It is a privilege to recommend Kyoko as a teacher and demonstrator of origami. Michael Shall, board member of The Friends of The Origami Center of America, thanked her for disseminating the spirit of origami, writing, "Stopping by the Japan Airlines exhibit of 'Origami by Children' at almost any hour during the Christmas holiday, one could hear the expressions of wonder and appreciation made by passing viewers. The smooth coordination and professional appearance of the exhibit was achieved primarily through your efforts." From Greater New York to Wellesley, Massachusetts In 2005, Mrs. Kondo and her husband moved to Wellesley in order to live close to their two grown daughters and their families. In Massachusetts, she has been able to collaborate with Michael LaFosse, a world-famous origami artist, teacher, and papermaker from Haverhill, whom Mrs. Kondo met back in the 1970s through Mrs. Oppenheimer. Now it was the children of Wellesley's elementary schools who had the privilege of learning origami from Mrs. Kondo and Mr. LaFosse. Today, 50 years after her first volunteer work in New Jersey, Mrs. Kondo con- tinues to share her love of origami wherever she goes. Fluent in both Japanese and English, she offers her skills as an interpreter at Origami USA's annual convention that attracts origami teachers and masters from all over the world, including Japan. Each year about 600 members attend, many of whom have become her lifelong friends. From Art to Science and Back Again Origami is revered as a metamorphic art form in which three-dimen- sional beauty arises from a flat piece of paper. Just as Michelangelo the Origami has expanded beyond art to incorporate advanced mathematical and scientific theories and computer modeling technology. 158 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 artist profile "wonder and appreciation" Fireworks Designed by Yami Yamauchi, Taught at MIT Origami Convention 2013 by Wendy Zeichner, President of Origami USA P E T E R B A K E R S T U D I O S 154-162_WWMb14_artist profile_kkondo_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 12:01 PM Page 158