Thursday April 29th 2004
With a lot of luggage we left for the airport Schiphol, to catch a plane to
Frankfurt and then on to Kraków, Poland. The journey went well, and Wojtek was
at the airport to pick us up and bring us to his home. It was good to see Wojtek
and Krystyna again, and also to meet their children Michał (18)
and Kasia (9), and of course the dog Hera.
After a cup of tea, a tour around the house, a shower and a late nite dinner
with rice-salad and bread we went to bed.
Friday April 30st 2004
After breakfast (cereal and bread) Gerard and I went to Kraków to see the old town
and to buy origami- and Spanish(!) books. There was a little bus travelling every
quarter of an hour to the centre of Kraków. The centre of the town is very
beautiful, with a big market square, a couple of churches, many old buildings,
the Wawel-castle with a dragon statue and a beautiful park around the centre.
On the way back to
the house we were happy to meet Michał at the bus-stop, so we did not have
to pay attention where to get out. After the tasteful dinner with wheat-soup
and macaroni, and after browsing through their extensive origami-book collection,
we packed our stuff again and went to bed.
.............Gerard & Hera ................................... Paula & Wojtek
.........Kasia & Gerard .......... Kasia & Krystyna ............ Michał
Saturday May 1st 2004
Wojtek has a very
mathematical mind and had not a lot of trouble to get all lugage
in the trunk of the car. It fitted perfectly! We travelled via all kinds of small
roads to the place where the convention was held, summercamp Poreba in the lower
mountains near Myślenice. Around 11 'o clock we arrived. There were 2 houses
rented, but we slept in the main building in a 2 persons' room. There were about
First we went to one of the 2 houses, where I talked with Grzegorz (just Greg!),
who happens to be on the o-list as well. He showed me some of his foldings,
very complex folds. He and his friends are folding complex folds and also from
crease-patterns. Pretty cool!
He designed a leaf and a base for the Kawasaki-rose, an angel and a bishop.
After the lunch (some meat, rye and lemonade) we went to the library in Myslenice to
see an origami flower exhibition made by Izabella Ralska. Very impressive and a lot
of work for one person! Unfortunately she didn't have the time to go to the
Click on the picture to enter the exhibition
I folded along with Rafał and it became Giunta's Lizard, a very nice model I
hope to remember by heart someday. I folded directly another one to practice.
(But unfortunately I don't remember now, I have to find the diagrams to make it
again. :-( )
Back in summercamp some
tables were set out on the stairs in the fresh air,
but with a roof over our heads to prevent us getting wet during the short but heavy
thunderstorms in the afternoon. We folded each 32 units for a 3rd degree
Menger Sponge, Krystyna will put it together. After the weekend she finished 4/20th
of it, and had 1000 units, but needed 2000.... Rafał
taught a design of his own, his angel.
For dinner we got some kind of pancakes made from potato-flocks and egg,
with mushroom-sauce or with sugar and honey. For drinking there was tea.
Wojtek brought some
videos with him, also the video by Thoki Yenn. What a nice man
he was! I'm sorry that I've never met him... Krystyna held a short lecture about
Thoki and Kalmon, and I showed some models I brought with me designed by Thoki.
I taught those who were interested how to fold the Umulius Rectangulum.
Sunday May 2nd 2004
We had a good breakfast, with cereal, hot milk, tea, fresh cheese, ham, cheese,
tomato, salad, cumcumber. I brought my own coffee-powder so I could make myself
some coffee. After breakfast each table could come to us and choose one item of
the stuff we brought: Japanese origami-paper, some NOA-magazines. And everybody got
a Christmas-booklet and a paper-cutter.
There was no room which could be locked,
so the exhibition-display was set up
only for today. There were a lot of modular folds, but also complex folds, some
of them made from Crease Patterns. Unfortunately I find that my pictures don't do
the models right. But to see more of Polish folders you can visit some very good
Halina's extensive modular origami site
Rafał's professional site
Website of Krystyna and Wojtek Burczyk, unfortunately a bit outdated
Coming soon, Greg's site
I taught my Sprinkler plus rotating ring. I sat down with the ring and waited
for someone who was interested. I started when there were 3 people. After a while
others joined us. I didn't have to teach anymore, they taught each other!
first people finished their Sprinkler, I taught them how to make a Mette-ring from
the tea-bags I brought, and how to polish them with thinned wood-glue. Every ring
looked different, and everybody liked it. Unfortunately I didn't bring the diagrams,
but told them they could find them on the internet, on Mette Pederson's page.
I only thought about teaching this ring when I thought that I had to do something
with the tea-bags. I didn't bring 6 kilograms of tea-bags for nothing! When I said
they could take the whole box, some people took some bags, counted them, and at night
still 2/3 was left in the box. The next mornign I fortunately could persuade them to
take it all, because I would not take anything home with me!
After lunch Ada Zawadzka showed us how to paint paper with a piece of rope. It's
a very easy method, but the effect is stunning.
Artur taught Maekawa's Devil from the diagrams from the internet. I gave him the
diagrams I had with me, made by Komatsu Hideo, together with diagrams for Komatsu's
horse. As a thank you I got his green devil! Thanks Artur!
After that I took a beer in the bar and folded a simple 2 store flower-tower from
a crease-pattern. It worked, but I still don't like folding crease-patterns much.
I like to fold to a point or a line or something, and I don't like to fold a given
line so much.
Artur showed us
that he could not only fold paper very well, but also himself! He's a break-dancer.
He even holded still in mid-air so we could shoot some good pictures!
In the evening I taught how to make a simple box from free postcards, Gerard taught
some people how to fold the talking frog and I learned from Grzegorz how to fold a
Spider designed by Mark Leonard from a pretty thick black paper. We had a lot of fun
with the sometimes strange folds we had to make. Greg liked my folding bone and I
liked his pincers, so we exchanged them. We both thought it was a good deal :-)
Monday May 3rd 2004
After again a very
good breakfast, we went outside for the group-photo. After that we were sent into
the forest for a puzzle-tour. We had to search for papers on trees and write on
our sheet the number on the paper with the pencil attached to the tree. Everybody
had to follow the same route, 5 minutes apart. We ended 5th, not bad considering our
shoes and climbing-experience (Holland is as flat as a pancake!).
Krystyna showed us how you can fold and cut a 5-pointed star, and also a duck.
Special about this technique is that you first fold, and then make exactly one cut.
If you do the right folds, you can make every figure you like this way.
More about this on Eric Demaine's page:
After that I taught my photo-album, and afterwards the "Santiago Flower Ball"
designed by Mette Pederson. It started to rain and it got a bit windy, so we went
inside to continue.
I learned a dragon-fly
from Greg, who had made it from a crease pattern by Nicolas
Terry, but now made a folding-sequence for us. It's a very nice and beautiful
dragon-fly with a color-change for the wings.
More and more people left, they had a long trip home. There are only a couple of
big roads in Poland, but most of the travel you have to do over small roads. Halina
told me that she lived 120 km away, and it took 3 hours to drive!
After lunch we packed and said goodbye to everyone. Wojtek packed the car again,
but now there was space left. Rafał gave Gerard and me a beautiful roll of
paper, we carried it in a separate bag, not to let it get squashed… wrong choice!
We carried it with us all the way, in the car, the 2 planes, but when I had to change
trains on my way home this beautiful paper stayed in one train while I got into the
other... :-( so, I'm sorry to say I have only a picture of the paper.
Gerard also got a folding-bag from Barbara, it just jumps into shape, but to get
it back in the small bag again... takes some practice!
We travelled not directly to the house of Krystyna and Wojtek, but first went
to Wieliczka to see the huge saltmines. And huge they are! The tourists only
see 1% of all the alleys, and the excursion took 2 hours, without visiting the
underground museum! All the walls, stones, churches, statues were made from salt
or wood. It was very impressive.
We took Krystyna and Wojtek out to dinner in a nice restaurant called "Grube Ryby".
The waitress couldn't understand English, but surprisingly, spoke a lot of French!
Because our French is better than our Polish, we were happy she spoke French.
We had soup made from red beets. It was very red, but tasted very good. Afterwards
we had some meat with french fries. For desert we all were too tired.
Tuesday May 4th 2004
Wojtek drove us at
6 'o clock to the airport, and at 7 we were on our way to
Munich. In Munich we took the KLM-plane to Amsterdam and at 12 'o clock we were in
our own country again. Gerard went straight to work, and I went home. We had a very
good long weekend and made a lot of friends in this new country of the EEG, Poland.