Hi my name is Jared, and I'm an oriholic.
I fold paper. It's what I do.
People always ask how I got started and how I got to where I am today.
It's a really boring story.
It all started back in 1994 at my grandma's place.
It was a cold winter night in Santa Monica, probably only around 69 degrees. We were fighting off the dragon that was terrorizing the town. The only resource I had was paper. None of the paper airplanes or fortune tellers I could fold were having any effect. It was then that this college age Japanese girl pulled me aside and showed me how to fold the crane. It was really amazing to see how the square of paper could be transformed into something so...pointy. Those long skinny flaps so naturally emerging from a broad square must have impressed the dragon as much as it did me, because upon seeing this crane, he went on his way.
Having been exposed to this incredible transformative artform, I had to know more. I went out and found every origami book I could. Drawn more toward the complex and representational animal forms, that's what I focused on folding. It took a long time to get good. My grandma still has my terrible folds from John Montroll's Birds in Origami and Robert Lang's Origami Insects and their Kin to prove it. Still it was fun.
And the rest is history.
Now. I'm here.
I've created over a hundred different original designs. I have pieces in museums. I did work for a very popular TV show, a multimillion dollar commercial, and movie promotion. I've been to at least ten origami conventions, including as guest of honor. I tag teamed with Andrew Hudson on Origami Weekly, an online magazine where we published exclusive diagrams from handpicked up-and-coming talented artists. I worked with the US Air Force Research Lab studying origami, foldability, and how folded structures can be used in industrial applications. I have designs that can be folded in just 4 simple steps, and others that take around 30 hours to make. And I have friends and fans from around the globe, which is pretty cool.
* He really did say that. But I can't say any more until after the show airs on TV.
SOME COOL THINGS I'VE DONE
- Origami House Colonia, Uruguay | 2016-
- Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami. Traveling exhibit, visiting 11 museums across the US. In Los Angeles, CA, Keene, NH, Wausau, WI, Sacramento, CA, Portland, OR, Peoria, IL, Bellevue, WA, Bonita Springs, FL, Provo, UT, Baton Rouge, LA, and Boise ID | 2012-2016
- International Origami Exhibit @ FAVA Gallery, Oberlin, OH | 2014, 2015
- Folds & Photos @ Pump House Chillicothe, OH | 2014
- Surface to Structure: Folded Forms @ Cooper Union, NY | 2014
- Masters of Origami @ Hangar 7, Austria | 2005-
COMMISSIONS, ADS, AND TV
- "The Artistry of Kubo" @ Japanese American National Museum
"The Laika Experience: From Coraline to Kubo" @ Universal Studios Globe Theater
- Clear #BestNightEver | 2012
- House MD "The Last Temptation" | 2011