No sign of ancient art folding

Max Hume, president of the British Origami Society, with a parrot he created as the society celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Stratford last Saturday. Photo: Iain Duck C52/9/17/9211

FIFTY years of organised origami in the UK was celebrated at the British Origami Society’s convention, at the Crowne Plaza, in Stratford-upon-Avon.

A full, three-day programme began on the Friday morning, including a lecture by American physicist Dr Robert Lang, who explained the origami techniques of fitting a telescopic lens into a rocket and air bags into vehicles, as well as folding DNA, atoms and stents.

The visitor who travelled the furthest to the convention, was from Australia, among others who came from across the world including Japan and Germany.

The conference took place from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September, with some events open to the public.

Nigel Elworthy, of the British Origami Society said: “It was a fantastic place to hold the convention. In the three days, 300 people attended. Relatively few people only came for just the one day, and most were there on the Saturday and Sunday.”

The event, which included a gala dinner on Saturday night, proved to be so popular that extra classes were running during the day.