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In 2006 my life came to a turning point. I had found success in the business world, turned to teaching as a creative outlet, but something was missing. My sister had no idea at the time that the two books she sent me on advanced origami techniques would change the direction my life was going.

Origami has been a family tradition since I was a child. A colleague of my father’s had published a book on origami. My father brought home his friend’s book to share with his family at Christmas in 1974. I began experimenting with designs with my father and we incorporated the art of origami into our family Christmas traditions.

Life pulled me away from family and the holiday traditions, but somewhere just underneath the surface of my analytical mind there lingered a desire…

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  • Born on March 4
  • Joined August 24, 2008

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Benjamin Coleman Bio

In 2006 my life came to a turning point. I had found success in the business world, turned to teaching as a creative outlet, but something was missing. My sister had no idea at the time that the two books she sent me on advanced origami techniques would change the direction my life was going.

Origami has been a family tradition since I was a child. A colleague of my father’s had published a book on origami. My father brought home his friend’s book to share with his family at Christmas in 1974. I began experimenting with designs with my father and we incorporated the art of origami into our family Christmas traditions.

Life pulled me away from family and the holiday traditions, but somewhere just underneath the surface of my analytical mind there lingered a desire to recapture the creativity I had enjoyed as a child. Origami had always been attractive to me because of its paradox of complexness and simplicity. Creating with paper is a natural art; a natural art that has been a part of me since childhood.

Over the past three years origami bonsai has become a way of life. From a few simple folds in 2006 that created a perfectly shaped flower from an eagle I have built an artist’s life. My current works include the published book entitled Origami Bonsai, I have just completed another book Makigami and Origami Bonsai Ferns that I am marketing and I am currently writing a magazine article entitled “Origami Bonsai in Zero G” that discusses art forms that can and cannot be performed by astronauts.

My revolutionary approach to the art inspires my continued creation of Origami Bonsai botanical sculptures. The beauty of origami bonsai is that you don’t have to be a professional artist or craftsman to create intricate beautiful botanical sculptures. With each page of my book “Origami Bonsai” you have the opportunity to create your own sculptures and to be an artist yourself.

I consider myself fortunate to have discovered by own creative outlet in origami bonsai. My life has become focused on sharing the history, the beauty and the simplicity of this traditional art form with others. I have found personal enrichment in developing new and revolutionary approaches to origami bonsai and am living a life of sharing my insights into the art with others.

Please visit www.OrigamiBonsai.org for more information.

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