I’ve been doing origami, Japanese paperfolding, for nearly 20 years (from childhood). I’ve not only folded some pretty clever designs, but also met people I never would have encountered otherwise.

Writing About Origami

Prisoners of the Fold

Print. The Paper-The Magazine of Origami USA. Issue 55. Summer 1996.

I visited Chinese refugees from the Golden Venture, an immigrant smuggling ship that ran aground in New York City in 1993. Left in limbo at the York County Prison, these desperate people turned to paper art to tell their story.

When I called the warden to arrange the affair, a strange conversation ensued. “Are you a lawyer?” he asekd. “No, sir,” I responded. “Part of a religious organization?” “No, sir,” I replied again. “I’m a paperfolder.”