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Text Box: Sergio Pellegrino Darryl Bedford, A Paper Engineer. Creator of Drawstring Origami.

Beyond Origami: Structure, Kinetics, Aesthetics and Biomimicry

As a paper engineer and artist, Darryl Bedford is captivated by the space where traditional origami techniques merge with the power of digital design and how the incorporation of strategically placed cuts, impact on structure. This unique blend allows him to craft kinetic sculptures that celebrate both the intricate beauty of the natural world and the wonders of modern technology.

Darryl Bedford’s inspiration comes from the mesmerizing realm of radiolarians, microscopic ocean beings with stunning complexity and movement. Through his work, Darryl Bedford translate their ethereal essence into captivating structures, often incorporating elements of performance and videography to further enhance their otherworldly feel.

However, Darryl Bedford’s passion extends beyond mere aesthetics. He is drawn to the meditative and therapeutic nature of paper folding, believing it has the power to reconnect us with the natural world.

Darryl Bedford has had the privilege of exhibiting his work internationally, showcasing it in Australia, the UK, and the US.  His artistic exploration has even landed him a spot on BBC TV's "Kirstie's Handmade Christmas". Recent projects have involved a successful fashion runway and an exhibit at Milan's prestigious Salone del Mobile.

He is also committed to pushing the boundaries of this art form, continuously seeking new and innovative ways to extend and apply origami with particular emphasis on structure, kinetics and aesthetics.

Presentation Description:

I. Introduction: Artistry and Inspiration

·      Artist Bio: Multidisciplinary artist, educator, and paper engineer

·      Design Philosophy:

o   Bridging origami and kirigami techniques

o   Inspiration from microscopic organisms and Ernst Haeckel

o   Pushing the boundaries of paper art

II. The Art of Paper Engineering

·      Techniques:

o   Pleated origami with innovative folds

o   Surface decoration and cuts for flexibility

·      Functionality: Combining structure and movement

III. Transforming Paper: Light, Form, and Texture

·      Practical applications: Objects and sculptures

·      Design process: Visual spatial processing and exploration

IV. Design Innovation and Exploration

·      Showcase of pivotal design projects:

o   Fashion / Body Architecture

o   Performance art

o   Soft robotics

o   Practical decor

V. The Healing Power of Paper

·      Expertise: Teacher of the deaf and trauma-informed practitioner

·      Research: Touch, the autonomic nervous system, and crafting benefits

·      Application: Development of therapy toys using Drawstring Origami

VI. Recognition and Impact

Social media reach and audience engagement

Text Box: Sergio Pellegrino Yan Chen, Professor of Tianjin University

Modular Origami: Kinematics and Metamaterials

Professor Yan Chen received her D. Phil. from University of Oxford in 2004. She is currently a Chair Professor in Tianjin University. Her research focuses on the kinematics of spatial mechanism, design of deployable structures, origami metamaterials, and mechanical intelligent robots. She has published more than 90 journal papers in Science, NC, PNAS, AFM, Research, Engineering, MMT, etc.. Her research details can be found in http://motionstructures.tju.edu.cn/.

Presentation Description:

Modular origami structures with internal degrees of freedom show great potentials and advantages in the design of metamaterials. This talk will focus on metamaterials based on modular origami structures from the perspective of the interdisciplinary study of mechanism and mechanics, including the kinematic modeling of the mechanism of modular origami, the kinematic compatibility conditions for the assemblies of multiple origami structures, and the analytical relationship between the metamaterial properties and unit cell geometries. Such fundamental study leads to the programmability and tuneability of properties in constant or negative Poisson’s ratio metamaterial, transformable extremal metamaterial, multistable frequency-reconfigurable metamaterial and so on.

Text Box: Sergio Pellegrino David Eppstein, Distinguished Professor of University of California, Irvine

Computational complexity and parameterized complexity of folding

David Eppstein is a distinguished professor of computer science at the University of California, Irvine, with research interests including graph algorithms, graph theory, computational geometry, discrete geometry, and data structures. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and co-editor-in-chief of Computing in Geometry and Topology.

Text Box: Sergio Pellegrino Tomoko Fuse, Japanese Origami Artist

Infinite Fold and Repeated Fold

Tomoko Fuse (布施 知子, Fuse Tomoko, born in Niigata, 1951) is a Japanese origami artist and author of numerous books on the subject of modular origami, and is by many considered as a renowned master in such discipline.

Fuse first learned origami while in the hospital as a child. When she was 19 years old, she studied for two and a half years with origami master Toyoaki Kawai. She started publishing origami books in 1981, and has since published more than 100 books (plus overseas editions) as of 2024. She has created numerous origami designs, including boxes, kusudama, paper toys, masks, modular polyhedra, as well as other geometric forms and objects, such as origami tessellations, with publications in Japanese, Korean and English. She now resides with her husband Taro Toriumi, a respected woodblock printmaker and etcher, in rural Nagano prefecture, Japan.

Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations, the English language edition of her seminal modular origami inventions, may be considered the classic text on modular origami available in the English language.

Presentation Description:

This presentation will report on a large-scale origami installation that applies "infinite folding" and "repetitive folding" as contemporary art.

Origami, which seems cramped within the rules of "folding," actually has wonderful formative potential.

Text Box: Sergio Pellegrino Glaucio H. Paulino, Professor of Princeton University


Professor Paulino is the Margareta E. Augustine Professor of Engineering at Princeton University. His seminal contributions in the area of computational mechanics include the development of methodologies to characterize the deformation and fracture behavior of existing and emerging materials and structural systems; topology optimization for large-scale multiscale/multiphysics problems; variational methods; deployable structures and origami engineering. Recently (2020), he received the Daniel C. Drucker Medal of ASME, the Raymond D. Mindlin Medal of ASCE, and the Reddy Medal from Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures (MAMS 2020). He also received the 2015 Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences, “which recognizes recently published PNAS papers of outstanding scientific excellence and originality.” He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and a former President of the Society of Eng. Science (SES). More information about his research and professional activities can be found at the following link: http://paulino.princeton.edu/

Text Box: Sergio Pellegrino Zhong You, Professor of Oxford


Professor Zhong You obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in engineering mechanics from Shanghai Jiaotong University and Dalian University of Technology, respectively. He then joined Cambridge University, where he completed his PhD in the Department of Engineering in 1994, under the supervision of Professor Sergio Pellegrino. He researched deployable structures for aerospace applications.

Zhong continued in Cambridge as a Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College working on deployable structures. In 1997, he became an EPSRC Advanced Fellow, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. In 1998, he was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Engineering Science of Oxford University and a Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College. He has stayed in Oxford ever since.

  • 1st December 2023 - Deadline for abstracts submissions
  • 1st January 2024 - Decision on accepted abstracts
  • 25th February 2024 - Early bird registration opens
  • 29th February 2024 - Deadline for full paper submissions (original manuscripts)
  • 14th March 2024 - Deadline extension for full paper submissions (original manuscripts)
  • 1st May 2024 - Deadline for full paper submissions (final versions)
  • 15th May 2024 - Early bird registration closed
  • 16th - 18th July 2024 - 8OSME conference
Deadline extension for full paper submissions (original manuscripts)
25 February 2024

We are pleased to report that, at the request of a number of authors, the deadline for full manuscript submission has now been extended to 14th March 2024. Please submit on https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=8osme.

13 April 2023

The 8th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (8OSME) will take place in Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia between 16th and 18th July 2024. 

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