FALTIK 2020 – 1st Online Conference of Folding Didactics

28 November 2020

We are delighted to announce the first online conference dedicated to the didactics of folding.

For many years, we have organised a weekend “FALTIK” conference in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), but due to Covid we have decided to “go online”. As with our conferences, the classes will be about specific aspects of folding rather than just a series of models and so are highly recommended to teachers, therapists and others who use folding within their occupations.

Sanny Ang – The Magic Card Trick & The Bouncing Cheque

1. The Magic Card trick – comparing origami with magic tricks.

2. Teach in Storigami the Bouncing Cheque (using A4 paper). 

3. teach another storigami such as the Crawling Beetle, or answer questions.

Shrikant Iyer – Origami outreach and performance based paper folding

Outreach of Origami in local communities is very important to me. I have been able to organize several events in my local communities for very diverse audiences. I will also cover how some of this has changed in a post-COVID19 world. I will also do a little storigami to show one of my typical presentations.

Sanny Ang – The Magic Card Trick & The Bouncing Cheque

1. The Magic Card trick – comparing origami with magic tricks.

2. Teach in Storigami the Bouncing Cheque (using A4 paper). 

3. teach another storigami such as the Crawling Beetle, or answer questions.

Annabel Madueño – Paper i música (Paper and music)
[CA] Descobrirem junts els “sons”i melodies que poden sorgir del paper plegats. Junts acabarem fent una petita orquestra col•lectiva on tothom hi tindrà el seu lloc. Per fer el taller necessitaren dos fulls de paper de diari. [EN] We will discover together the “sounds” and melodies that can arise from the folded paper. Together we will end up making a small collective orchestra where everyone will have their place. To do the workshop we will needed two sheets of newspaper.
Carmen Sprung – Rhombus stars

Rectangles with the ratio of 1:1+√2 are excellent for folding eight pointed rhombus stars. In the workshop you will learn how to fold and cut these special rectangles. As an example of a rhombus star we will fold the modules of star LEA and assemble them without glue.
After the workshop diagrams will be distributed including the six pointed version.

Lizzie Burns – Origami for wellbeing

Creative specialist, and science-based artist, Dr Lizzie Burns, will share her work into using Origami as a tool for wellbeing for patients and staff in hospital. In 2012 a patient asked Lizzie to become the student, and learn from her how to fold a traditional lily. Since then Lizzie has developed learning and teaching Origami to help others overcome anxiety, loneliness and boredom, and through folding find joy and connection. Lizzie will share experiences, folds and wisdom as to what Origami brings.


Laia Carnasa i Prieto – Storigami using newspaper

Storigami is a didactic method that consists in telling a story while folding paper. We will discover how we can create origami stories using just one sheet of newspaper. If we let our creativity fly, we can see how a piece of paper can be converted into endless possibilities. Storigami using newspapers is a sustainable and playful way of telling stories with all kinds of audience.

Javier Caboblanco – El extraordinario y pegamentoso Sistema C de papiroflexia (The extraordinary and sticky Origami C System)

Un método sencillo basado en empleado de tres piezas de papel con las que poder conseguir cualquier figura plana imaginable y , también, cualquier modelo tridimensional. Perfecto método para iniciarse en el plegado de papel y avanzar rápidamente hacia modelos complejos. Ideal para utilizar en talleres y clases con pequeños y principiantes.

A simple method based on using three pieces of paper with which to get any imaginable flat figure and also any three-dimensional model. The perfect way to get started with paper folding and quickly progress to complex models. Ideal to use in workshops and classes with children and beginners.

Miri Golan – e-Learning Origametria: a Radical Approach to Teaching Geometry with Origami, for the Classroom and for Distance Learning

Origametria is an interactive platform for Kindergarten (ages 4-6) and for Grades 1-6. It has been designed so that teachers may use origami to teach topics of curriculum geometry, without having any knowledge or experience of origami. The result is a method of teaching origami that is unusual, but successful, challenging many teaching conventions.
Miri will describe the Origametria method and demonstrate one of the lessons.
The platform is part of the National Curriculum for Mathematics in Israel and is studied weekly by 30,000 children.

www.origametria.com – Research paper

Joan Sallas – Learn to remember
Frequently people don’t want to fold for many reasons. One of them is ‘I have no memory’. There are many tipologies of memories by folding: remember memory, repetition memory, paper memory, visual & space memory, understanding memory, sequential memory, unfolding memory, parallel associative memory, copy memory, pupil memory, teacher memory, etc… If we can identify them, we will discover that each memory typology can be very useful for a folding teacher and for a folding pupil in different situations, and our heads will grow and grow inside, not outside. We will fold, but probably not a model, sorry.

After the final meeting, Joan will explain about the group and how you can help us. This will be around 15 minutes.

Lee Amstrong – technical support
Laia Carnasa – coordinator Didactic & Methods, Memory & Instructions
Daniel Chang – communication support
Nele Hatoum – coordinator Technics & Materials
Brigitte Lindemann – coordinator Technics & Materials
Kristin Pooch – finance and logistics
Nick Robinson – webmaster, technical support
Coral Romà – coordinator Happenings
Joan Sallas – coordinator ABC of folding, Therapy & Inclusion,  registration
Eulàlia Tramuns – coordinator Maths

What you will need for each workshop

Sanny Ang Workshop
1 rectangle A4 coloured one side
1 square 25 × 25 cm coloured one side

Shrikant Iyer Workshop
square paper 15 x 15 cm
rectangle A4 or US letter size 

Annabel Madueño Workshop
1 newspaper
sandpaper (optional)
cellophane paper (optional)

Carmen Sprung Workshop
7 squares, 15×15 cm, 2 different colors,
1 A4 rectangle paper

Lizzie Burns Workshop
A4 rectangle paper

Laia Carnasa Workshop
1 newspaper

Javier Caboblanco Workshop
square paper

Miri Golan Workshop
2-3 sheets of regular 15×15 cm origami paper

Joan Sallas Workshop
no paper needed