I'm sorry for being so chatty here. Aside from this topic, there's actually
two more things I'd like to bring up later on: the expression "the story
unfolds" and if another model already existed or not, but I'll start those
threads some other day ; )

Anyway, I wanted to talk to all of you about a recent experience I had.

It was all sponsored by a university. We were 13 weirdos in total. Each one
had prepared some sort of short creative project and had been assigned
another member from the group in a random fashion. Once assigned, we
exchanged the projects. Something like Secret Santa, but with an extra
step. After receiving the short project we were to elaborate a second short
project, this one had to be in response to the one received from the
assigned fellow member and had to connect it with the first project we had
prepared and shared.

If my explanation isn't clear enough, you'll get it with the rest of my

My short project was an audio file with excerpts from interviews about
origami folds (figures) and the people who have taken care of them (kept
them) for some time, and also about their emotional ties. I handed the file
over along with the following double-layered rectangular sheet: Shadow-fold
paper + fiber tissue paper. I suggested folding the traditional paper boat
or one of the traditional paper airplanes with it:


And I received the following music video and a document with the lyrics,
but the person who handed it to me added his own verses between the
existing ones. It was kinda like a two-in-one song:


That genre is carranga, a very Colombian genre, particularly from peasants
from Boyacá and Cundinamarca.

Yesterday we presented all the projects and creative responses during the
gathering. I made the following to connect the two-in-one carranga song
with my project:



"Being Sumapaz" is its title. It's a VERY local fold. Sumapaz is the
biggest alpine tundra site (páramo) in the world and it's in Cundinamarca,
Colombia. Peasants defend it from big corporations. This is its inscription
on its base: "Kraft wrapping paper, acrylic paint, color pencil, and
Gerardo Gacharná Ramírez, among others. 2019"

In a very unorigamist fashion, I tore the edges of the paper and painted
and drew on it before folding. It was the following squarish sheet:


The member that made the two-in-one song lyrics took "Being Sumapaz" to
Gildo just yesterday. That's the lead singer of the carranga music video I
linked for you gals/guys : )

After I presented it, the time came for my own short project. In just ten
minutes, I guided the twelve of them to fold two triangles, each member
made a single fold on each one of the two sheets and passed it on to the
next member, I then placed the two triangles in a fold I had made of my
"Shadow Box", and hang it on a wall for them to see what they had created.
As they folded, we all listened to my audio file with the excerpts. Here's
their collective fold:


One of them took the triangles-in-the-shadow-box with her promising to keep
it for years. Hopefully, they've started building emotional ties.

I figured out that triangular model in 2015. I have to find out if someone
else had created it before that. It was perfect for this kind of
collective/meditative experiences with non-origamists. I met someone who's
passionate about knitting, and similar types of fabric works, and precisely
talks about them as collective/meditative experiences. That has made me
very interested about ways to prepare this kind of activities for

Then came the creative response to my project. Remember the double-layered
sheet I handed over along with the audio file? That person folded the
following with it as he listened to the file in his home:


I understand those are "Hyperbolic Paraboloids", created by Eric Demain. Is
that correct? Anyway, the project of the person that folded them was about
the nearby town Agua de Dios, which had been founded for people with
leprosy, but was declared an ordinary town in the 1960s. As he listened to
my audio file, he connected the themes of care and emotion between his and
my project. He drew a basic map as well as scribbled some phrases on just
one of the faces of the sheet before folding. He gave me his fold as a gift.

It was one of the most meaningful moments in my life. I'd love to converse
with you guys/gals about it!

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