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.
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.
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.
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.
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.