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.
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.