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3d tessellation class by Tom Hull @ OUSA convention 2006

Tom Hull will be teaching a class on 3d tessellation models and techniques at the 2006 OUSA convention, in June. I’ve really been going back and forth in my mind on whether I would go to the convention or not, but Joel Cooper’s decision to attend (he was awarded the Florence Temko Award, well deserved I think!) has really prompted me to go.

I hadn’t planned on taking any classes, as I’m not really all that into representational origami; but Tom’s class on tessellations, especially ones that I have never folded or explored, has changed my mind! now I have to take classes, for sure…

You can read more about his 2 class offerings on his LiveJournal entry.



  1. Mélisande says

    3D tessellations, hmmm…
    Eric, it is by any means MANDATORY you attend this class !
    Because 1 month later I expect you to be able to repeat what Tom said.

  2. Fredrik Owesen says

    I do hope someone brings a video camera to this thing, or that it is somehow documented and uploaded to a suitable location. I’d love to go, but there is this ocean in the way.

  3. Mélisande says

    Hey Fredrik :
    I was told norvegian men were proud seamen, not fearing water !
    But modern lifestyle makes them weak, it seems.
    Hopelessly sad.

  4. I think you take a left at the Faroes….

    Hey, Eric, cool! Don’t forget the Hawaiian shirts – the conference is held in the heart of the Fashion District.

    And Tom’s right – everyone oohs and aahs at the complex pieces, but the classes are never filled to capacity. It’s all those “Don’t Get in Over Your Head” signs they have posted hither, thither and yon.

  5. Hi Philip! (and everyone else 🙂

    Actually, I think most of the people who go to the OUSA Annual Convention just aren’t interested in complex, technical origami. Most of the 500-600 people who show up are interested in learning cool models in the simple-intermediate range of complexity. The reason for this is because most origami enthusiasts care more about elegant, simple designs (especially representational designs, like flowers, animals, etc) that they can either use in cards or other craft-like things to give away or to teach to other people. A successful convention for many people is measured by how many new simple, fun models they can learn to take home with them to teach to their local folding group or to teach to beginners at library events, etc. There’s still a ton of outright appreciation and admiration for the complex stuff, but not too much demand to actually fold it.

    In any case, I’m glad you all are interested in my class!

    (If those who can’t come would like a taste of some things I’ll discuss, look at Ron Resch’s US patent number 3,407,588 which can be found on the US Patent Office Search page. Click on “Images” after you search for this patent number.)

  6. Administrator says

    There are a good number of us who are quite interested in what you have to say! I just registered for the convention today, and my choice to attend classes (vs. my original choice of not going to any of them) was made purely because you’re doing a conversation on tessellations.

    I’m very much looking forward to it! And I promise to take good notes and verbally share some of the ideas with you, Melisande. (No copying Tom’s material though, that would be a bad thing!)

    Fredrik: this Norwegian will be happy to fill in for you and try to remember as much as possible!

  7. gita kantawala, origamimitra india says

    I am attending for the first time and I agree with Tom Hull that I would like to go back with simple fun models which can be retaught easily to folks back home. If the tesselations are not too difficult I would love to try my hand at them as one of our members Mr. J. Page is very much into folding them.

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