Visit Oakland’s first origami studio to learn the basics of folding before making your own flower bouquet

Taro's Origami Studio

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What You'll Do

No cuts, no glue—just a single piece of paper folded into an intricate, three-dimensional sculpture. In his dedicated origami studio, lifelong origami artist Ben Friesen teaches the ancient history of the delicate art and walks you through basic folds and concepts. Then, he guides you in the creation of a bouquet of paper flowers.

  • Make Your Own Bouquet
    Ben teaches you basic folds and concepts, then guides you through folding intricate flowers until you have a full, everlasting bouquet

  • Uncover the Origami Origins of the Airbag
    Ben reveals this, along with other surprising applications of the art form in modern design

Each event is capped at 12 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Ben Friesen Ben Friesen
Origami Expert, Teacher

Ben Friesen found his calling at only 5 years old, when his mother gave him a book on dinosaur-themed origami. He hasn't stopped folding since. Now, more than 25 years and thousands of folding hours later, Ben specializes in handmade tissue foil models and tessellations, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, on Vogue.com, and in Creased magazine. He started his own origami company, Friesenfolding, in 2006.


Where You'll Meet

Ben Friesen opened Taro's Origami Studio to introduce the Oakland community to the joys of turning a flat piece of paper into a three-dimensional work of art. The studio helps people of all ages appreciate origami's rich history and create their own beautiful paper sculptures.


In a Nutshell

Ben Friesen, an origami artist who's been teaching for more than 25 years, teaches you the art form's history & how to make a paper bouquet

The Fine Print

Expires Jan 21st, 2014. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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