last day of the convention had two highlights: After breakfast, I happened
to overhear someone ask Kunihiko Kasahara to show him how to fold a few
models that had been on display at the exhibition. Whoever happened to
be around was lucky, because this was not an official event! The first
model was an owl; with only a few folds, this very convincing model
looked at you with huge eyes. The next was a cute little cat; mine needed
a little help, it insisted on falling right on its face. Then Mr. Kasahara
taught a pyramid, but I had to leave because I didn't want to miss the
next highlight: Gay Merrill Gross. Someone else happily took my place,
and only then did I notice the crowd that was standing around the table...
Gay first talked about the stories Lilian Oppenheimer used to tell,
and then showed us her version of Alice, the little girl, sitting around
bored on a rainy day. During the story, a newspaper turned into a paper
hat, the hat changed into a firefighter's helmet, then into a pirate's
hat, a boat, and finally into a lifejacket. Of course, all the folds were
simple and well known, but the story evolving around them made each model
a very special thing.
next story was about the brothers long and the sisters short that received
a birthday party invitation and what happened then. This story didn't even
use models, just a few folds to symbolize an object. Only the "happy
end" resulted in a model: a box. And then there was Mother Nature
waking up after hibernation, and finally a lovely story about a magician
and his wishing kite.
Right after that Gay showed a few modular "action" models,
one of them being a spectacular butterfly ball, and I was very sorry when
I learned that her book "The Art of Origami" which included these
models was out of print, and sold out too.
after this came yet another highlight (obviously I can't count): Jan Polish
with a huge stack of business cards showed us how to fold the the dimpled
cuboctahedron by Valerie Vann. Well, the folding part was easy, but assembling
this six-piece modular was a nightmare; the zig-zag folded biz cards didn't
look like they would ever turn into the finished model Jan was showing
around. But eventually they did, and after this the other models were comparatively
easy: A star by Jeannine Mosely, and a cube, Jeannine's variation of a traditional
After this presentation, it was already time to eat. The Convention ended
right afterwards, and some even had to rush before dessert to catch their
train back home. On my way back Barbara Rähmi and I folded a few of
the models in Kasahara's "Creative Origami" while Andreas Rähmi
tried to read the chapter about creativity at the same time... it proved
to be a bit difficult <g>.
The Rähmi family left at Basel, and on my way from Basel to Berne
I found an unsuspecting victim that had to look at all the models I was
taking home from the Convention and listen to my babble about Origami.
He seemed happy enough to find someone to chat with though. When I learned
that he was webmaster of one of the biggest marketing companies here in
Switzerland I made him give me his e-mail address. So if you think this
homepage needs plastic surgery to become halfway presentable, I know where
to ask for help :-).
Arriving late at night in Bern, I immediately started to tell my wife every exciting
detail of the Convention until she got THAT look and decided it was
time for her to go to bed. I was of course too wild awake to sleep, so
I downloaded all my e-mail, prematurely announced this report on origami-l,
briefly visited my favourite MUD, and -at one o'clock in the morning- finally
went to sleep. And this is the end of my report. Feel free to contact me
via the e-mail address below if you want to comment on it, correct an error,