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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 4 160 he authored. Mr. Yoshizawa first worked in a factory as a technical draftsman where he used origami to teach geometry to other workers. His love of paper folding ultimately led to his designing and folding as a full-time profession. The 2008 award-winning documentary film Between the Folds: The Science of Art. The Art of Science by Green Fuse Films chronicles the stories of "ten contemporary fine artists and intrepid scientists who abandoned careers and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees – all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paper folders." The film brings to life how origami is science and art, form and function, and old and new. The fascinating hour-long documentary, available through PBS and www.betweenthefolds.com, explains how origami has expanded beyond art to incorporate advanced mathematical and scientific theories and computer modeling technology. In fact, MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science Erik Demaine received a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship, known as a sculptor saw David hidden within a block of marble, visionary origami artists see three-dimensional forms within a simple sheet of paper. Some of these creators visualize organic forms arising from the paper. They spend hours crafting a figure, yet are never able to replicate or document their process. Most origami creators capture their folding sequences so that oth- ers can enjoy folding their designs. Mrs. Kondo is the designer of "Kyoko's Flower," and her flower model will be published in the soon- to-be-released book, Origami Flowers: Lifelike Paper Flowers to Brighten Up Your Life by Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander (Tuttle Publishing). While Mrs. Kondo's model includes 21 major steps, other models require more than a hundred. Origami Master Akira Yoshizawa (1911 – 2005), considered the father of modern origami, created the system of diagrams and arrows still used in books today to teach origami. He is credited with more than 50,000 designs, of which only a few hundred are diagramed in the 18 books Origami Resources n PAPER FOLDERS IN NEW ENGLAND, NEEDHAM Meet to create origami in the Needham Library every third Saturday from 11:00 am to noon, except July and August Contact: John Smith at saltsmith@verizon.net n ORIGAMIDO STUDIO, HAVERHILL Custom made paper, origami fine art, paper folding and papermaking lessons, and school and library programs Contact: Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander at info@origamido.com and visit www.origamido.com n ORIGAMIT, CAMBRIDGE Join MIT's origami club, open to the public and all ages, to create origami on Sundays at 3:00 pm during the school year Contact: origami-info@mit.edu n ORIGAMI USA, NEW YORK CITY Originally founded as Origami Center of America by Lillian Oppenheimer Contact: origamiusa.org P E T E R B A K E R S T U D I O S "form and function" artist profile 154-162_WWMb14_artist profile_kkondo_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 12:02 PM Page 160

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