Fly with Origami, Learn to Dream (UTFOLD)
UTFOLD is the only Origami Club at the University of Toronto. We host free weekly origami workshops
on the UofT campus for UofT students, staffs, and alumni, as well as for anyone within the community
(not always University of Toronto students). We teach these workshops in order to increase the
appreciation for the Japanese art of paperfolding and to help others hone their origami skills.
Additionally, we collaborate with various other clubs at UofT to host larger events, and have formed
partnerships with many off-campus organizations, including libraries and hospitals, to bring origami to
the greater community.
One of our core values is to be as inclusive as possible. As such, our weekly workshops involve teaching
various models at different, and all difficulty levels, such as beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Our
workshops feature a variety of origami models, ranging from animals - such as penguins, hummingbirds,
sheeps - to maple leafs and snowflakes, in addition to modular origami, kusudamas, tessellations, and
crease-pattern folding. In combination with some of these monthly advanced workshops, we
incorporate "general" workshops that are holiday-themed, such as Halloween, Christmas, and
Valentines, where members can fold many simpler models within the one workshop. Since last year, we
began offering a series of specialty workshops - led by a dedicated origami enthusiast (3rd year student
from UTSC) - that puts emphasis and focuses on paper (folding with different types of paper), making of
paper, and a skill known as “wet folding” – i.e. folding the paper while it’s wet and malleable to give the
model curves. At no cost, we aim to provide the UofT community with a comprehensive origami learning
experience, in efforts to build on members' origami skill and knowledge, and also, to ensure that there is
something within the scope of origami for everyone to enjoy.