Kyle Harrington

Artist Bio

When I was 5 years old, I was introduced to origami. I tried to fold the basic models like the crane or frog, but I wasn’t very good. I quickly grew disillusioned, and quit. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens that I picked it up again, this time trying harder. And that’s when I discovered a whole new  exciting branch of origami that has been growing in the past few decades. Designs like spaceships from Star Wars, superhero characters, and other pop culture themes. 

I pushed myself to practice until I got each one right, sometimes using a BUNCH of paper. But eventually, I got better and better. I now can fold a square into all kinds of complex designs, like an 8 legged octopus or a winged dragon. In the past few years, I have tried my hand at designing my own models. I also started a YouTube channel with tutorials on how to fold mine and other’s designs. I’ve really progressed in the art, but I am still learning. Origami can be a tedious hobby, but it teaches patience, and can be almost therapeutic. Each design is a challenge, because you are essentially starting the same with each design; a square piece of paper. But you can use double sided paper to give it more color, and the bigger the paper the more detail you can put in. 

I also am trying to introduce others to the art, either through displaying it in libraries, teaching classes, through social media, and giving my folds to people. I rarely keep much origami I fold, I like to give it to people I meet. Hopefully it will inspire others to take up the art form. To me, origami is more than just a hobby, but something to spread joy through. If I can make someone’s day a little brighter, I think it is worth the effort.