First experience of origami exhibition

Some of you might have noticed that I recently wrote a series of articles about my old works dated years ago. I did that in preparation for an origami exhibition that I'm participating in for the first time, which takes place in Miaobei Art Center from March 2nd to April 17th. The exhibition is orchestrated by the Taiwan Origami Association and exhibits hundreds of models by more than 20 artists around Taiwan.

The plan for this exhibition was announced by chairman Chang of TOA at the end of last year when the art center contacted him. With 2 months available for preparation, one would expect me to fold more models for the exhibition. The problem was, my first daughter was also born around that time, so I was simply too busy to fold more. Plus I am super stubborn that I insist on displaying only my original designs, but then another problem is I didn't keep all my folds throughout the years. Besides my most recent folds, the best I can do is to select some of my older models that I still keep in good shape to enter the exhibition. In the end, I selected a total of 8 designs, just enough for one display platform. Not much, but good enough for me.

When it comes to origami, I'm arguably more interested in the theory of designing than in the final execution, and I think it would be a great idea to present the thoughts behind each of these designs, so I came up with the idea of showing the corresponding ERM maps next to models, together with QR codes linking to articles about them on this website. I choose ERM maps over the traditional mountain/valley CPs, because I think those are better for conveying the structure of the models, especially for non-uniaxial models.

On March 1st, I went to the art center setting up my own exhibits as well as helping other members of the association get everything ready. I must say, getting an exhibition ready is a lot more work than one would expect, but the members are all awesome people and working with them was quite an enjoyable experience. I also learned a lot by chatting with them about folding tips and thoughts on holding an exhibition. By the way, it was also my birthday actually, and there's no better way to celebrate it than this.

If you have seen the exhibition by TOA last year, we have more exhibits this time which I'm sure you won't want to miss. Be sure to visit Miaoli county and go check it out!

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