On August 18th, 2011 I visited the Rochambeau Public Library to teach how to fold origami leaves, flowers and fish. The seminar coincided with an article about me in the Providence Journal, and with the release of my book Origami 101 from Creative Publishing International. I was told afterwards that the library had to turn people away and that it was the largest gathering they had ever held.
In December of 2010 I tried to film several of my Origami Bonsai sculptures at Laurelmead, an active retirement community where my parents live. Because of the odd lighting conditions, I was unhappy with the final video.
In late 2008 I discovered that I could mass-produce origami flowers using the basic flower form (from Origami Bonsai). I thought the product, the Origami Bonsai Instant Flower, would make a great children’s toy and greeting card insert. I had about 25,000 of these flowers produced. The product has had lack-luster sales as I am unable to obtain a realistic level of market penetration. In other words, nobody knows the product exists. I still have them in stock, and they sell well at craft shows. I sell these flowers on www.OrigamiBonsai.org.
A promotional video for my first conventionally published book, Origami Bonsai (Tuttle, 2010).
The video below is a compilation of videos of several of my sculptures. The video was shot outdoors. This is one of the first high definition videos I made.
Here is an early video I made to promote my first electronic book Advanced Origami Bonsai (Coleman, 2009). I wrote the book hoping Tuttle Publishing would publish it, however they decided it was too specialized, so I released the title myself on DVD. I was amazed, and still am, at how well the book has sold. Perhaps these sales weren’t good enough for Tuttle, but they have been a blessing for me.
This is another video compilation of several of my early, all-paper sculptures from May of 2009. By this time I had discovered how powerful video is to my art form. There used to be several of these compilation videos, but I made mistakes in copyright; using music I should not have for the background. I deleted several of my copyright-offending videos.
This is one of the earliest videos I made which is still available on the web. It is also one of my most popular videos on YouTube. This is an early compilation of Origami Ikebana sculptures. Some of the sculptures are hybrid; using techniques from both Origami Bonsai and Advanced Origami Bonsai. Some of these sculptures represent a transition, from a mixture of paper and other materials to the all-paper sculptures that I now make. Even though the title at the beginning says “100% paper,” in fact you will see rocks and a ceramic Asian plate used as part of the presentation.
This is one of my earliest videos and the only stop-motion video I’ve ever done. At the time we were at the height of the recession and it seemed like looking for a job was a complete waste of time. Instead I spent two full weeks making this video. In the original soundtrack my niece and I supplied a pun-laden dialogue. Sadly the soundtrack also included some copyrighted music and I’ve been unable to find the proper version of Microsoft’s Movie Maker so I can remove the offending track. So for now, here is the video with a background music track that I hold rights to: