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BETH JOHNSON

I have been folding paper for many years and I began designing my own origami models in 2010.  This site features my original origami models, along with instructions for folding some of my designs.  You can also find information about some of my other projects and paper pursuits. I also do private tutoring, teach classes and run workshops, participate in exhibits and gallery shows, and occasionally sell my work at art shows and through commissions.

ORIGAMI CONVENTION SPECIAL GUEST

JOAS Convention, Kyushu, Japan, May 2018 (invited)

Tanteidan Convention, Tokyo, Japan, August 11 -13, 2017

Korea Paper Culture Foundation Convention, Seoul, Korea, November 5 - November 8, 2016

28th International Origami Deutschland e.V. Convention, Berlin, Germany, May 13-15, 2016

JOAS Convention, Shizuoka, Japan, November 22 – November 23, 2014

Ultimate Origami, Cali, Lyon, France, October 31–November 2, 2014

Pacific Coast Origami Convention, Albuquerque, NM, USA. October 3-7, 2013

British Origami Society Convention, Edinburgh, Scotland. August 30-Sept. 1, 2013

Centerfold Origami Convention, Columbus, OH, USA. August 15-18, 2013

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Original Origami Designs by Beth Johnson, University of Michigan Hospital Gift of Arts Gallery,, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. April 16-June 11, 2012

Art at the Library, Brighton Art Guild, Brighton Michigan Library, Brighton, MI, USA. Nov. 11 – Dec. 19, 2012

JOINT EXHIBITIONS

Mujeres de Papel, Escuela Museo Origami Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain. December 17, 2016 - March 12, 2017

Origami Universe, Chi Mei Museum, Tainan, Taiwan. October 10, 2016 - May 30, 2017

Paper Creatures, Jaffa Museum, Jaffa, Israel. September 9, 2016 - December 31, 2016

生之世界-摺紙藝術展 / Origami: Living World, National Museum of History in Taipei, Taiwan. Feb. 5 - Apr 17, 2016

Into the Fold, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH, USA. Sept. 8 – Oct. 13, 2015

FAVA Folding Festival, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH, USA, June-July 2015

Surface to Structure: Folded Forms, Cooper Union, New York, NY, June 19 - July 4, 2014

Crease: New Trends in Origami, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH, USA. Sept. 8 – Oct. 13, 2013

International Origami Exhibition, Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil. Sept. 20 – Oct. 19, 2013

Extreme Origami, Origami Heaven, Stony Brook University Wang Center, Stony Brook, NY, USA. July 27-August 5, 2013

Origami as Fine Art, Kinokuniya Book Store, New York CIty, NY, USA. June 21-July 12, 2013

FAVA Folding Festival Five, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH, USA, May-July 2013

From Paper to Pixels, Vernon Community Arts Center, Vernon, CT, USA. April 7 – May 12, 2012

Origami Tessellations and Fractals, University of Michigan Hospital , Ann Arbor, MI, USA> Oct. 15 – Dec. 15, 2012. This is a group show in which I participated as well as curated.

Month of Japanese Culture in Brazil, Livraria Cultura, Brasilia, Brazil, September, 2011

Into the Fold, McConnell Arts Center, Worthington, OH, USA. Spring, 2011

Crease and Fold II, Paper Circle, Nelsonville, OH, USA. Fall 2011

BOOKS

New Expressions in Origami Art: Masterworks from 25 Leading Paper Artists, Meher McArthur, Tokyo, Tuttle, 2017.  One of the featured artists in Meher McArthur's book which profiles "25 contemporary master folders who are among the most innovative origami artists working today."

Origami by American Origami Masters, Marc Kirschenbaum, France, NuiNui, 2015. A compilation of diagrams from American origami masters, which includes diagrams for one of my models (frog). 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Florence Temko Award, OrigamiUSA, 2011. This award honors a “lone folder” who has contributed to origami in a meaningful way.

INTERVIEWS

Beth Johnson’s Origami Design Secrets, Interview by Leyla Torres
The Paper, OrigamiUSA, Issue 108, August 2011.

Interview with Beth Johnson, British Origami Society Magazine, Summer 2013

The Origami of Beth Johnson, Origami Live, The British Origami Society, August 31, 2013. Part 1: Inspiration
Part 2: Model Design

Maker of the Month, Maker Works, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. February, 2012

IN THE NEWS

Origami takes on new facets, new fans, Associated Press, December 4, 2012

Origami artist featured in Pioneer Arts Festival, Dexter Leader, April 7, 2010