Exhibits from CONFLUENCE exhibition in Origami Galerie Freising 2010. Both photos by Herbert Bungartz

I read about origami courses given by Sergei Afonkin (St Petersburg) in a newspaper article in the early 90’s. I enrolled and studied with him by correspondence course for 5 years, receiving a teaching certificate, then an origami master diploma. I took to origami quickly and easily, maybe because of my engineering background and love of handicrafts. The origami universe reflects the entire universe!

I taught origami to adults and children in Kazan for 10 years as supplementary education teacher in schools. I received an award for my detailed programme for origami in schools for the Ministry of Education in 1994. In 1998 I published privately my own book, Origami: hand made articles from paper.

I first met my future husband Dave in Moscow at an international origami exhibition at the Darwin Museum of Natural History in 2000, where I exhibited some of my work. Later that year I travelled to Japan on a Japan Foundation award, as a result of my teaching activities.

Based in Pforzheim Germany from late 2000, I continued my origami work as a creator and a teacher at adult education institutes. I joined Origami Deutschland and attended their conventions, as well as meetings in Europe. I moved to England in 2008, where Dave and I married in 2009. Since then we have attended many origami events together internationally.

My book Curlicue Kinetic Origami was published in 2013, and has sold well since then, this fascinating original style of origami appealing to many enthusiasts.