WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"genius grant" for his "computational origami, an interdisciplinary venture on the boundary of computer science and mathematics." At only 17 years of age, Demaine proved through mathematics that it is possible to create any conceivable straight-sided shape by folding a piece of paper and making only one scissor cut. This discovery launched the field of computational origami with commercial applications such as the design and folding of automobile airbags for efficient containment and effective deployment. As expected, a healthy conversation exists between those who prefer the more abstract, simple, and emotional art of origami and those who are pushing the technical aspects of paper folding. Kyoko Kondo appreciates how both artists and scientists are using origami to inter- pret the world around us. Continuing on her own origami journey in hopes of spreading joy, peace, and wonder in the world, she com- ments, "It's unimaginable what an eight-year-old who learns to fold their first paper crane today will go on to accomplish with origami to make the world a better place." 162 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 "make the world a better place" Seigaiha "Blue Ocean Wave" Folding compositions of Japanese origami cranes, all while the corners and squares remain connected, has been a skill-building exercise since at least 1797. Designed by Rokoan Gido Strawberries (below) Designed by Rae Cooker; Basket designed by James M Sakoda P H O T O S B Y 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 12:02 PM Page 162

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