Mark Bolitho has worked as a full time origami designer for more than 10 years through Creaselightning. Working on projects from books to tv adverts, supporting marketing and PR ideas. If you have an Origami idea or project, we can help.
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The Ghosts of the Old town is a collection of poems written for Halloween. It includes poems written by myself, my mother, Marion, my nephew Jack and friend David Jones. Marion drew the illustrations. Many of the poems in the book were performed on the Old Hatfield Halloween walk. It is now available from Amazon...
Delighted to attend the Structure and Materials in Origami (SAMIO) 2019 conference in Shanghai, China. The conference enabled a showcase of research into the applications of origami in Engineering, from folding structures to hinges for rigid folding problems. I gave a two hour workshop to about 150 delegates on Sunday 22 September at the Shanghai...
Creaselightning will be attending the Also festival for 2019 and delivering origami workshops throughout the programme. From lantern making on Friday night to more traditional folding sessions on the Saturday morning. Do join us at Cobden Verney https://www.also-festival.com/
27 to 28 June 2019 Delivered a two day origami workshop looking at how folding had been used in some of the core study areas for the University of Hertfordshire Masters students from the art school. Looking specifically at Origami in Fashion, Origami in illustration, Origami in Product Design, and Origami in Architecture. The two...
Mark Bolitho will be speaking at “The History of Recreational Mathematics conference” Saturday May 18th.
Honoured to be an invited speaker at the The History of Recreational Mathematics conference on Saturday May 18th. Lecture: Unfolding possibilities; Origami and Mathematics Origami and Paperfolding has had a long association with Mathematics, from exploring Mathematical ideas inherent in folding to developing Mathematics to explain the folding process. The talk will look at some...
Prof Jon Cooper and Julien Rebound have developed a folded-paper based Malaria diagnostic test and came to me to create some images and projects to help with the outreach. First off an Origami Mosquito model, that could be used for editorial support if the work was discussed, secondly a fold your own mosquito project to...
The 2018 Christmas lectures were presented by Prof Alice Roberts and focussed on the origins of life. Part of the structure of the lecture included a hanging mobile featuring origami creatures that represented various stages of evolution. The mobile was lowered into the studio at relevant moments and creatures were added or discussed. The lecture...
Origami London (2012)
Origami London (2012) Published August 2012 by Axis Books The book is a collection of Origami buildings from the London skyline. My first origami building commission came from a pitch to the Japanese tourist board where origami buildings were photo-shopped into images of London, representing Japanese culture through English eyes. This idea evolved into a…Read More
The Origami Home (2014) and Origami Furniture
The Origami Home (2014) is a book of folded furniture designs. Produced in conjunction with the publisher Jacqui Small, the book features models in various room settings. The book includes furniture and accessories for every room in the home, including armchairs and sofas, dining tables and chairs, a four-poster bed, a bookcase and a selection…Read More
Large Scale Origami Design
Large Scale Origami takes origami to a new level. I have worked on projects to create set dressing for tv shows and trade shows. Some larger pieces were produced for Canon at a Photographic trade show in Cologne called Photokina. The large origami pieces were presented as objects to photograph by visitors to…Read More
Buildings and Structures
The Building and Structures gallery features Origami structures made for commissions. These range from images for book covers, such as the ruined temple. In addition there are some London buildings. The idea came out of an advertising pitch, where buildings of London were made from folded paper and dropped into actual photos of London. This…Read More
Origami Workshops and Lectures
I have given many lectures as an Origami Artist and designer. These range from demonstrating the art and teaching people to make models, to more detailed presentations at conferences and academic events. In 2017 I was an invited speaker at Tianjin, China, and made a presentation on the origami design process. In September 2018 I…Read More
Final Fantasy Creatures
The final fantasy series features a collection of characters from the Final Fantasy video game. The project initially involved making three characters, Cactaur, Chocobo, and Tama. The project then lead on to make further characters, Spriggan, Paissa, Carbuncle, and Namazu. Each project developed folding instructions and patterned paper that can be folded into the character….Read More
Perfectly Mindful Origami – Origami Paper Boxes
Perfectly Mindful Origami – Origami Paper Boxes Paperback – 19 Apr 2018 The Origami Boxes book features a collection of boxes. The opening section features traditional and classic designs, the subsequent chapters feature a collection of boxes designed over my origami career, or for the book. The book includes more that 25 projects in four…Read More
Perfectly Mindful Origami – Origami Zodiac East and West
Perfectly Mindful Origami – Origami Zodiac East and West Paperback – (19 Apr 2018 Jacqui Small) This project was the culmination of many years work to develop a series of Zodiac models. The book features twelve models from the western zodiac, and the twelve animals from the Eastern zodiac. In addition the book includes a…Read More
The Origami Animals gallery features a collection of single piece origami designs. They are models designed over many years and range from more complicated creatures to simple representations. They range from private projects to commissions. Some of them have had the folding sequence diagrammed and appear in instructional books.Read More
Composite Paper Animals
This section includes animals made from multiple sheets. Effectively a 3D collage, these were generally designed for commissions for advertising campaigns or book covers. Between 2014 and 2017 I worked on a series of animals for Pearson Edexcel to provide a series of covers for teachers resource guides.Read More
Perfectly Mindful Origami – The Art and Craft of Geometric Origami Paperback – 20 Apr 2017 The Art and Craft of Geometric Origami includes a collection of geometric themed projects developed over many years. The book includes a range of models with sections, One-piece Projects (formed from a single piece of paper), Twists and Turns…Read More
Perfectly Mindful Origami – The Origami Garden Paperback – 20 Apr 2017 The Origami Garden is a collection of Origami flora and fauna, starting with seeds the book explains how to make a series of plants and flowers. The Origami Garden divides into sections on Seeds and Plants (easy roses, seedling in pots,…Read More
Origami vehicles is a popular genre. This gallery features origami models commissioned by clients for advertising and marketing images. It also features some single piece projects, originally designed for an origami vehicles set produced by NPW. This set included an origami car, a submarine, a motorbike, and a train. The Motorbike was made for a…Read More
Dr Who Origami, published by Penguin (June 2017). The book features a collection of Dr Who themed origami models and includes printed paper that can be folded to make the models presented. The book includes around 30 projects, from all of the Doctors at the time of production, along with some monsters from the show…Read MoreLoad more No more items