We are delighted to present João Charrua (Portugal) and Dáša Ševerová (Switzerland) as guests.
Dáša Ševerová was born in Slovakia where she spent first 30 years of her life. She studied Mathematics and Biology and was working several years as a highschool teacher at a school for gifted children. Already during her time in university she was amazed by modular origami when a friend showed her the Penultimate Module by James Planck and when she learned how easy it can be to construct different polyhedra without glue. Fortunately, a small origami group was meeting regularly in Geneva and thus she could continue to explore origami even more. From the very beginning she was interested in geometrical origami, in models in which the beauty of the form and symmetry is strongly present.
Her creative process can be shortly described as playing with paper and catching instances of beauty hidden in the forms she plays with. Many of her creations of the last 10 years now have published diagrams, clear folding sequences delicately drawn by herself and available in her recent book “Origami Journey”.
Dáša has never stopped enjoying teaching and continues doing precisely that in origami workshops. As a former math teacher she is also very interested in ways how to use origami in schools for better and deeper understanding of geometry. She is an enthusiastic “maker” and loves to work with different materials like fabric, wool, metal and combine it with paper. Her enthusiasm is contagious as is her eagerness to learn and explore – this makes her origami workshops fun and inspiring to folders irrespectively of how much experience they bring along.
João Charrua was born and and brought up in a small town in southern Portugal. At an early age he developed a taste for the arts, especially drawing. He studied art at high school and years later graduated in architecture. During the initial years of his career he trained and worked with a number of senior architects at several studios. He now has his own studio.
It was out of mere curiosity, that he first took up origami, which developed into an absorbing hobby and later a serious undertaking. He sees origami as complementary activity to his profession essentially as a mean whereby He can freely express his creativity.
He is passionate about illustration and everything to do with fantasy and the fantastic, from which he draws most of the inspiration for his works. Don’t be surprised if you catch him daydreaming – it’s just his prolific imagination at work. In his free time, he enjoys the small pleasures of life, drawing and playing with his children.
We’re sure many of you fold a great deal of origami designs, but what do you do with them afterwards? We’re asking you to sort out a box of cast-offs, “not quite there” models and those simply surplus to rquirements, and put them in a box (anonymously) at the convention for others to take home with them. What isn’t right for you may give someone else hours of fun, working out how it was made. Anything left over will be donated to a school.
Anyone interested in contributing to the programme or assisting with the convention in anyway should contact the organisers (see below). As usual we will be holding an Exhibition, please bring along your latest origami endeavours; we thrive on your origami work, be it old, new, perfect or in the course of completion – original or an interpretation of another’s work, even gallant failures with a story to tell are welcome! Please don’t be shy: let us see what you have been up to recently. You’ll have a chance to tell us any stories behind your work at the Exhibition Review Other folders always enjoy hearing these tales, and frequently we learn surprising things about exhibits.
The programme organisers, would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to teach your own model (we need models of all levels). We would like teachers to explain briefly before or during their session how they came to create their particular model. Apart from teaching you could offer to help in the supplies shop, arrange the exhibition table, or assist with preparing paper for folding groups.
Bookings organiser : Penny Groom
Programme organiser: Lee Armstrong, Thea Anning, Nick Robinson
With approval by the membership, we have introduced a daily convention fee for delegates to help cover steadily rising prices such as hire of room and equipment, and administration costs. More fee details.
Confirmation of your bookings and directions to the venue will be sent shortly after your form is received. If you have not received confirmation of bookings within three weeks, please contact Penny Groom to make sure that your booking form has not gone astray.
Final details of convention administration arrangements, timings of meals, details of the provisional programme and other information will be sent to attendees shortly before the convention.