An introduction to paper folding with Kate Colin

Modelling, casting and other techniques Bookbinding and paper marbling

Ref: S2D12043

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About this course

You will learn how to fold a flat sheet of paper into a range of three-dimensional geometric forms and create complex designs and folded structures which have a wealth of applications.

Course Description

This course is suitable for beginners and anyone interested in three-dimensional form and working with paper as a base material. You will cover the basic principles of paper folding and learn the necessary techniques required to create a range of complex structures. You will explore the various processes required to produce linear and diagonal divisions, V-folds and spiral folds and be given the opportunity to experiment, create your own designs and make some functional products.

You will be provided with a range of high-quality coloured papers and be introduced to a brief history of folding and the work of several contemporary paper and origami artists to examine how folding is used in fashion, architecture and design.

As part of the course, you will work on several personal projects and on completion, will be equipped with the skills and confidence to continue to fold independently and be able apply your newly acquired skills to your own practice.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including a range of pre-cut high-quality paper. Also pencils, scoring tools, rulers for loan during the course 

What students need to bring

A notebook and pencil

Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.   Safety boots, if specified.


Kate Colin

Kate Colin is a paper artist and designer whose range of work is created through intricate hand scoring and folding techniques. She is a QEST scholar, a graduate of the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme and regularly exhibits and teaches throughout the UK.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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