This year’s Plener Origami (Outdoor Origami Meeting) was the first edition after the break caused by Covid pandemic. We met in Kraków, Poland, on June 9th-11th, with an additional day for preparations on June 8th. On June 8th, we also received the sad news of Artur Biernacki’s passing. As has become a custom at the meeting, the evening before the official start, we made an “artist’s walk” in the Zabłocie district of Kraków: a former industrial area home to interesting museums and local artists, undergoing a lot of changes in recent years.
The next day the meeting proper started, with model exhibitions, workshops, and presentations. I had the honor of being the special guest this year, and held workshops practically all day long. Thanks to practically unlimited exhibition space (the meeting takes place at a school, and we can bring in additional tables if needed), I was able to show a lot of models, for example for the first time I displayed all 20 boxes of the Woven Triangles series I have folded so far side by side. I also set up a separate table with models designed by Shuzo Fujimoto and models derived from his designs (fractals and tessellations). In another tradition of this convention, as the special guest I gave a presentation on the subject “Is origami art?”, which sparked interesting discussions.
I enjoyed the meeting very much and hope it gains even more steam in following years. The convention book comes in two parts this year, one just for the diagrams I delivered, which I think is pretty cool.