Photo: Ohio Paper Folders
Photo: Ohio Paper Folders

WORTH THE DRIVE: Amazing alligator just one of the creations you’ll see at HUGE origami convention near Columbus

A little more than an hour’s drive to see thousands of creatures, seemingly brought into existence with a pair of talented hands, is enough to get us in the car — especially when there’s an opportunity to see it all for free.

The CenterFold Ohio Origami Convention is one of only two annual, multi-day origami conventions in North America, said president of the Ohio Paper Folders, Monica Salisbury. The event is not your average origami gathering, if there was such a thing.

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Photo: Ohio Paper Folders

“People come from all over the world to attend this event here in Columbus,” Salisbury said. 

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Four days jam-packed — neatly, with straight edges and crisp folds because, you know, origami — with workshops, classes, exhibitions and more begin Thursday at noon at the Marriott Northwest hotel in Dublin. Over 80 origami classes are taught during the convention, catering to every skill level. There are even intensive beginner’s workshops meant for people who have never folded before. 

Prices range from $190 to just $50 for Friday beginners workshops. For anyone just wanting to marvel at the creations, there is a FREE window of opportunity on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public at no charge. 

To register and see prices for different workshops, classes and admission, visit ohiopaperfolders.com or call 740-334-4213. 

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-Here are just a few examples of the intricate pieces of art that will be on show at the convention:

“To put these in perspective, most are folded from a single piece of paper, with no cuts. Just folded. The alligator was folded from a single six-foot square of paper. Other pieces may be folded from one-inch paper, or many units folded, then assembled. Some pieces, such as the hermit crab are folded from paper with different colors on the two sides of the sheet. By incredibly detailed control of the folding pattern you control which color is showing — so that hermit crab is one piece of paper, but the crab and shell are two different colors,” Salisbury said.

Photo: Ohio Paper Folders
Photo: Ohio Paper Folders
Photo: Ohio Paper Folders
Photo: Ohio Paper Folders

WANT TO GO:

WHAT: CenterFold Ohio Origami Convention 

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 9- Sunday, Aug. 12

WHERE: Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin

INFO: ohiopaperfolders.com

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