About the instructor
Hi, I'm Halina. I was born and raised in Japan. I have lived in Toronto and London, and now reside in Palo Alto. I started learning origami from my grandmother as a child. When we didn't have access to nice colorful origami paper, we folded a newspaper triangle to make square paper, just like an origami paper.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was diagnosed with a few autoimmune diseases, and one of them was scleroderma. I was sad every morning when I saw my fingers getting puffier because of the disease, but I didn't want to be pessimistic and made myself miserable.
I started origami again for the finger exercises. It made me calm and relaxed, and gave me purpose and a sense of accomplishment. Before I knew it, I had made dozens of origami flowers. I have always loved the spiral repetition of the origami patterns that are made out of the paper. It is a very attractive art for me.
Origami is not just about folding paper, but also about art, mathematics, and science.
I’ve learned that it helps grow a healthy mind, increases self esteem, and brings happiness and satisfaction. Folding paper using all 10 fingers gives brain stimulation, develops fine motor skills, and supports mental concentration.
I would like to introduce this wonderful method from Japan to everyone, including children, seniors, and whoever wants to enjoy it!