Month: July 2006

Writing from Brasilia, part 1

We arrived in Brasilia on Wednesday afternoon after 24 hours of travelling, and met our friend Jane at the airport. After a long night of sleep, we went the next day to the national university and checked out Jane’s father’s chemistry lab- my wife Bekah was in heaven (as a chemical engineering major). Later, we went to Jane’s friend Maria’s outside of Brasilia and spent a wonderful day in the outdoors and in their beautiful house. We had a great lunch and dinner there too, and the rest of the tessellation expo group will be enjoying a barbecue there and swimming! There are orchids, palm trees, wild monkeys, parrots, and all sorts of things. Maria is a very gifted artist and has magnificent mandala artwork everywhere. Late last night we picked up our lost luggage from the airport (hooray for clothes) and this morning we visited the Jardim Botanico, where the tessellation expo will be taking place July 29th to August 6th. We picked up copies of the magazine (from the Jardim) and saw the …

First International Origami Tessellation Exposition

I’m pleased to announce an international exhibition on origami tessellations, July 29th through August 6th at the Jardim Botânico in Brasília, Brazil. This is one of the first origami events focusing entirely on origami tessellations, and should prove to be an exciting time for all of those who enjoy this particular folding niche. Featured artists include: Jane Araújo (Brazil) Christiane Bettens (Switzerland) Joel Cooper (USA) Eric Gjerde (USA) As well as several other tessellation artists submitting work, including Andy Wilson ( and Lorenzo Marchi ( The art exhibition at the Jardim Botânico is open from 9 AM to 5 PM; the facility is closed on Mondays. Concurrent to that, there will be a week of private meetings and folding get-togethers, so if you’re in the area please get in touch with me and I can give you more information on the schedule. Our intention is to release a booklet at the end of the exhibition; additional information on that will be posted on the O-list when it is available. Sources for …

Ralf Konrad joins Flickr!

001_rombus_tess_01 Originally uploaded by origami-online. I was extremely excited to see that Ralf Konrad had joined Flickr today! He’s just got a few photos online right now, but I’m looking forward to seeing more- hopefully we can convince him to join in on all the conversations in the Origami Tessellations photo group. Every time we get a new member, the global “brain trust” of the group grows exponentially- all the ideas bouncing off each other seem to multiply more so every time a new river of thought joins the main stream! Welcome, Ralf! I’m very excited to see you in our group- I’ve admired your work for quite some time now, and I’m looking forward to a great exchange of ideas and thoughts in the months to come!

The Art of John Powers

I just found the beautiful art of John Powers this afternoon. Geometric loveliness in 2D and 3D forms! something for everyone, and absolutely gorgeous. Red Onion Other favorites: Roe 1, #2 Roe Diff: Detail #2 It’s all good, and definitely worth taking a look at. Beautiful.