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About Me

John Smith is a retired statistician who specialized in marketing research. His interest in Origami started in 1936 with Winter Night's Entertainment by R.M. Abraham and the discovery of the Chinese Junk (it is still his favourite fold). He did not realise there was anything more to paper folding until he came home from work one day in 1965 to find the family following Robert Harbin's TV series on Origami. This led to buying Paper Magic, writing to Lillian Oppenheimer and joining the UK portfolio group in 1966. In February 1967 he visited Lillian Oppenheimer in New York and met Alice Gray and other folders.

As a result of his visit he became convinced of the need to diagram models to make them available to other folders. He proposed the setting up of a society in 1967 and this led to the founding of the British Origami Society that year. John Smith served as a council member for 28 years and was chairman for 20 years. He was elected a Vice President in 1996, and awarded the Sidney French medal in 1997.  and served as President from 2003 to 2005

His main publications are:-

1967 Contribution to the theory of bases.
1968 Contribution to the theory of the technique of Origami
1972 Profile of Eric Kenneway (The Origamian)
1972 Notes on the history of Origami
1973 Notes on Origami and mathematics
1975 An Origami instruction language, OIL
1976 Teaching Origami
1976 Origami profiles BOS 58
1976 It's all relative ( measuring fold difficulty) BOS 61
1977 Attributes of excellence BOS 64
1980 Pureland Origami
1983 What's in a fold BOS 101
1984 In praise of the Bird base
1988 Pureland Origami 2
1989 Origami as an art of constraints ( Ferrara paper)
1990 Patterns in paper
1990 Origami verses
1990 Origami therapy
1990 Paper play
1991 Bibliography of Origami in education and therapy
1992 COET91 proceedings
1993 New edition of Bibliography of Origami in education and therapy
1994 Origami art and education (Otsu, Japan )
1994 Joint editor with Brian Cole of Kenneway.s ABC of origami (from BOS magazines)
1995 Forgiving Folding (COET95 USA)
1996 Revised edition of OIL
1996 10 Pop-ups
1998 Launch of my Web Site
golden crane award
2005 Origami as a help in understanding Mathematical concepts. (Presentation)
2006 A 3D guide to folding Fujimoto's Hydrangea
2007 'In the Beginning'. an account of the founding of the BOS
2007 Published SNOW, (Symmetric Nodal Origami World)   

golden crane award