**I Don't Have the Patience for That...**

…is the phrase I hear the most often from people when they see my work. The truth is that I don’t either. But I want to, and that’s why I fold.

Each artist has a different motivation for doing what they do. Mine is self-actualization, to use my artwork to better understand the world around me as well as what I am capable of creating. Fortunately, I haven’t reached that yet, or this site would be rather less interesting.

The process of origami is bipartite: tactile and mathematical. As a folder, one has absolute control of the paper from the time a finger touches the edge to the time the thumbnail leaves the crease it just created. And often even then they are in contact with the paper. It is meditative.

The math aspect comes from imagining what could be, and figuring out how to make it. This is not necessarily arithmetic (which most people think of when they hear math), but mathematics as a study for solving a problem. Origami is problem-solving, and this aspect has fascinated artists, engineers, mathematicians, teachers, and enthusiasts for a long time before I had fingers with which to fold. I literally cannot think of a type of person that can do origami without finding enrichment in their lives because of it. That is what makes it an art form.

This idea cycles back to self-actualization: what am I capable of doing? What is the most complex pattern that I can fold? How can I use the origami concepts in my life? How can I use my passion as a conduit to travel the world, see people doing the same things that I do in different ways, to amaze people with just a sheet of paper?

I have no idea. Do I have the patience to find out? Dunno. And isn’t that exciting?

Each artist has a different motivation for doing what they do. Mine is self-actualization, to use my artwork to better understand the world around me as well as what I am capable of creating. Fortunately, I haven’t reached that yet, or this site would be rather less interesting.

The process of origami is bipartite: tactile and mathematical. As a folder, one has absolute control of the paper from the time a finger touches the edge to the time the thumbnail leaves the crease it just created. And often even then they are in contact with the paper. It is meditative.

The math aspect comes from imagining what could be, and figuring out how to make it. This is not necessarily arithmetic (which most people think of when they hear math), but mathematics as a study for solving a problem. Origami is problem-solving, and this aspect has fascinated artists, engineers, mathematicians, teachers, and enthusiasts for a long time before I had fingers with which to fold. I literally cannot think of a type of person that can do origami without finding enrichment in their lives because of it. That is what makes it an art form.

This idea cycles back to self-actualization: what am I capable of doing? What is the most complex pattern that I can fold? How can I use the origami concepts in my life? How can I use my passion as a conduit to travel the world, see people doing the same things that I do in different ways, to amaze people with just a sheet of paper?

I have no idea. Do I have the patience to find out? Dunno. And isn’t that exciting?