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Italy Travel Suggestions?

So, Origami Tessellations (in the guise of Eric Gjerde) will be travelling to “Il Convegno del CDO in Verbania, Italy, on December 8-10. I should be rolling into Milan on the 7th, and heading back out sometime later on the next week (13th? 15th? something like that.)

Right now I’ve got an open schedule, other than that Friday through Sunday, so if any other origami/math/design/art freaks in that region of Europe want to meet up I’ll be in the area. I’m contemplating staying in Milan for a day or two and then maybe checking out Firenze, although that’s all utterly unknown right now.

Anybody have suggestions as to what I should go see? It’s going to be wintertime, but I think I can handle whatever Italy can throw at me- I do live in the coldest state in the continental US. There’s so much to see that I’m having a bit of cultural overload. I might have a travelling partner (my much cooler younger brother) to boot, if I’m lucky.

If you’ve got some hints, throw me a bone here. I should be rolling with some seriously sweet geometrical monstrosities, as well, so if for some reason you’d like to see my creations up-close-and-personal just ask, and I’ll make a vagabond journey to your burg and do some show-and-tell.




  1. i’ve discover origami thanks to your site last week and your flickr’s photo set….
    i’m falling in love with tesselation work on paper, i’m a video artist and i live in Genoa and in december i’ll start a master in “digital environment design” in Milan, i’m also in a collective of live interactive arts.
    I’m really interested to meet you and i also have some collaboration in mind for multimedia installation with your creations.
    If it’s of any interest for u send me an e-mail.


  2. Ana Sofia Giraldo says

    Dear Eric

    I have been following your work for almost 2 months already.. I am really not an expert on tessellations and I don´t have new news for you about the subject, but I am traveling from Colombia to Germany the 5 of december and it will be great if we can meet maybe in Milan or any other city where easy jet flies, what do you think?


    ana sofía

  3. Hello Ana!

    I will be in Milan at that time, I believe- I don’t want to make you fly all the way to Milan just to see me, though! that’s too much!

    I don’t know my exact time schedule but I can email you when I have more information about where I will be, if you don’t mind sending me your email info. It’s possible that I might be going elsewhere in Europe, so who knows what might happen?

    you can email me at origomi (at)

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