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Do you make animals?
Do you only make boxes?
How long has it taken you to perfect your craft?
Where do you find your paper?
What holds the paper units together?
Are you from New York?
How often are you in Union Square?
Where does the word 'oriboxi' come from?
Where did you learn how to make your boxes?
How long do the boxes last?
Do you ever shellac your boxes, or protect them with acrylic?
Who makes the boxes?
Do you make your boxes in quantities?
Do you remember the first boxes you made?


Do you make animals?
No, but one day I may. I would like to make an origami Nativity scene. A camel I once made was very memorable for me. With the right paper, some samurai figures would make excellent wise men, and blue paper with white on the reverse would be perfect for Mary.

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Do you only make boxes?
Yes, at present I only make boxes. However, I would like to make larger multidimensional origami sculptures, and wall hangings.

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How long has it taken you to perfect your craft?
I have been folding oriboxi since around 1997.

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Where do you find your paper?
I purchase small lots of paper from retailers carrying thousands of papers from around the world. All paper is selected by hand.

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What holds the paper units together?
The paper units interlock with tabs, slots and folds, without the use of adhesives.

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Are you from New York?
I have lived in New York City since 1999, and now consider myself a New Yorker. I grew up in Minnesota and lived there most of my life.

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How often are you in Union Square?
I try to be in Union Square Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.

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Where does the word 'oriboxi' come from?
Oriboxi is a term I invented in the fall of 1996. It means, of course, origami box. After I coined it, I conducted a Google search of the word, which resulted in zero hits. Then I purchased the domain name www.oriboxi.com. Oriboxi is both the singular and plural form of the word. Oriboxi is a registered trademark.

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Where did you learn how to make your boxes?
I learned my craft from the Japanese master and prolific origamist Tomoko Fuse. Since I first adopted her techniques, I have invented a few techniques of my own and have incorporated them into my craft. I also share her enthusiasm and joy and making and sharing the boxes.

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How long do the boxes last?
Oriboxi can last for years and years if handled gently. Paper has unique properties that allow these boxes to be used and not fall apart. In fact, I once gave a box to an art supply store in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and return about 7 years later to find they had it behind the counter, and were using it to store razor blades.

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Do you ever shellac your boxes, or protect them with acrylic?
No, I choose not to. I enjoy the texture of the paper as it is, and have never found a need to preserve them. However, I may one day experiment in preservation out of curiosity.

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Who makes the boxes?
i make all the boxes by hand, from cutting and folding, to assembly and final sculpting.

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Do you make your boxes in quantities?
Yes, I make boxes in large quantities, for retailers, and for parties, including wedding favors.

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Do you remember the first boxes you made?
I most certainly do. The first boxes I made were many shapes, all in a Hallmark gift wrap in golds, oranges, and greens, with some metallic gold foil. The pattern was a Christmas pattern of partridges and pear trees. I packed them with gingerbread made from my grandmother's recipe, and gave them to the family of Marty and Gail Heinrichs of rural Minnesota. I have always wondered whether any of these boxes still exist, and whether Hallmark still makes this pattern of wrap. I'd love to fold it again and relive those wonderful early days of learning how to make origami boxes.

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