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Amherst, MA 01002
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Bold Folds started as a passion, and turned into a unique and artistic obsession. Everything is made by hand (countless hours), with love and can be customized for any occasion. Bold Folds brings 40+ years of craftsmanship and creations. I use various techniques for my creations: Cut-out, Pop-Up, Unit or Modular Origami, Origamic Architecture, String Art, Kirigami, Mixed Media and more. Origamic architecture (OA) involves the three-dimensional reproduction of architecture, geometric patterns, everyday objects, or other images, on various scales, using cut-out and folded paper, usually thin paperboard. The development of Origamic Architecture began with Professor Masahiro Chatani’s (then a newly-appointed professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1980) experiments with designing original and unique greeting cards. Masahiro Chatani was a Japanese architect (certified, first class) and professor considered to be the creator of origamic architecture. From its development until his death in 2008, he was widely acknowledged to be the world’s foremost origamic architect. Visually, these creations are comparable to intricate 'pop-ups’; indeed, some works are deliberately engineered to possess 'pop-up'-like properties. However, Origamic Architecture tends to be cut out of a single sheet of paper, whereas most pop-ups involve two or more. To create the three-dimensional image out of the two-dimensional surface requires skill akin to that of an architect. There are several different styles of Origamic Architecture. In one style, a folded paper is cut in such a way that when the paper is opened to form a 90-degree angle, a three-dimensional image can be created, similar to most pop-up books. The works of Massahiro Chatani, Keiko Nakazawa, Ingrid Siliakus, Maria Garrido, Baud & Rene' Bui and others inspire my works. Some elements of their works are incorporated, with permission, in my creations. My OA creations open to 90 degrees and can be used as a card or may be displayed in a Shadow box or just on a shelf. They become a great ‘Conversation Piece’ and who ever will receive them, as a gift will be very impressed and happy. I am registered as a member in OA international as well Origami USA. I am a member of GAP--Guild of American Papercuters.

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