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.