My name is Xander, and I love to fold.
I'm 30 and live in Phoenix, AZ, USA. I've been folding for twenty years or so, but have really turned to origami as a means of expression in recent years. Many of the models displayed here are designs from 2003-2004, when circumstance allowed for a great deal of exploratory time.
A part of my life which deserves attention, Origami has taught me quite a bit about beauty, expression, discipline, consequence, and respect.
Beauty is a bit subjective, and I'm admittedly biased, but I can say with certainty that origami has become a vital river of expression in my life. It is an outlet for pain and a reservoir of joy, a realm of curiosity.
Origami is an art form of direction and consequence. It takes planning, patience, and tenacity to successfully complete a complex form. Whether designing or simply folding, origami is a way of discipline. Mistakes early on in the technique have exponential consequence in the end game. Successful composition requires focus and drive, and thus origami has become an instrumental teacher in my own life.
Origami is an art form of order. Through a logical progression of symmetry and spatial association, the artist is able to turn a simple square into works of stunning accent and intricacy. For me, origami compositions are allegorical to the complexity and order in our own Creation; and for that, they demand my respect.
Furthermore, origami has taught me to respect myself, my own abilities, and what I may contribute to global culture when I put my best foot forward.
This place.... 'xanderfolds'.... is a gallery of my original origami art. All of the models depicted are my own unique creations, and adhere to the "one piece/no cut" rule of modern origami. The folded square is my preferred medium, as I enjoy watching intricacies arise from its symmetric simplicity.
I hope to contribute more to the global collection of origami art, but suspect that new additions will be far and few between, however, fans of these works may look forward to a diagrammed collection sometime in the near future.
I hope you enjoy this site, and encourage your own passions, whatever they may be. Please feel free to contact me at your leisure....