|Matthias Giegher [ca. 1589-ca.1632]
This German from Bavaria teached folding art in Padua, where he served the german students of the University. He is author of the first book of the world to show how to fold – “Trattato delle Piegature” (1629).
|Georg Philipp Harsdörffer [1607-1657]
The first author of a German book about learning to fold “Trincir Buch” (1652).
|August Hermann Francke [1663-1727]
A key originator of the folding art in a children’s school in the Franckesche Stiftungen in Halle.
|Friedrich Fröbel [1782-1852]
Creator of paperfolding pedagogics in Kindergarten.
|Hans Mayr [active 1650-1652]
Folding for the folk, not for the elite. The first German folding teacher giving courses for people in Nuremberg.
|Adolf Senff [1785-1863]
Creation, Fantasy and didactic are inseparable. The first known creator of a folded model, created to teach his pupils in Halle.
|Minna Schellhorn [1829-1910]
She focussed on the importance of using a folding method to teach and was the founder of a folding school for Kindergarten educators in Weimar 1851.
|Georg Netzband [1900-1984]
Worked during the Weimar Republic in reforming the character and practice of teaching. In 1934 he produced two films for German school children: “paper folding exercises I and II”, the first didactical films about folding anywhere in the world. From 1936 he was banned from exhibiting and secretly painted his visionary warnings of terror and war.
|Eleonore Heerwart [1835-1911]
The German Fröbel follower was the most important introducer of the Froebelian (folding) pedagogic in England
|Josef Albers [1888–1976]
A German-born American artist and educator. From 1920 he was a folding teacher in the Bahuhaus school in Weimar, that moved 1928 to Dessau and 1932 in Berlin, until the NS-regime prohibited it. His concepts are considered one of the beginnings of modern folding art and design.