You sCATch my back, I’ll sCATch yours…

Assia and I are just about coming up for air after the extraordinary 50th anniversary convention of the British Origami Society a couple of weeks ago in Stratford upon Avon.

A myriad of memories overflow, but here’s just one which shows the camaraderie and spirit of sharing of the event, and indeed the entire origami community.

Assia and I decided to attend convention special guest Giang Dinh’s Dreaming Cat workshop, and we both found seats at the back. Poor Giang seemed overwhelmed by the large number of folders in the room, and doubly so because it had been incorrectly billed as “simple”. I should say that some of the students didn’t always behave themselves…

I was roped in to be Giang’s assistant, and I pranced around the tables helping anyone who was having difficulties. It’s a wonderful design, but is challenging and intuitive rather than precise and without directly locatable folding. Most managed, not necessarily thanks to my intervention.

I realised that the following day, I was also programmed to teach the latest version of my own cat, and so I insisted that Giang helped me out, to return the compliment.