Folding Paper into Art: Origami for Beginners

Down in the basement of the Hyatt in Baker Sunday at 5:30PM was the workshop on beginning origami. Malachi Brown and Amanda Bouffier were the panelists, and patient helpers, for this standing-room-only class.

Origami is the ancient art of paper folding and transforming paper into sculpture. There was no experience required to attend this panel, which made it so fun. All of the participants created a jumping frog, a Masu box, a boat, a fish, and a book.

The panelists also had models of more complicated modular origami. This is a technique using several pieces of paper interconnected. There was a long snake about four feet long that consisted of over 200 pieces of origami paper Malachi made a few years ago. There was also a polyhedral that could be used in a science class. Earlier in the day, there was a separate class on how to make a Pikachu. There are so many projects you can make with Origami.

The Silk Road Track did have several classes of various levels of expertise on origami. It was a rewarding time and you were able to keep what you made. It was a great way to have a memento from Dragon Con.

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Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website ( or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)