Once upon a time ...
No, I'm not going to tell you a fairy tale, this is all true.
It started when my mother was folding party hats for my fifth birthday party. I already folded some simple models in kindergarten but I liked these hats better so my mother had to teach me.
And there was much more in the book these hats came from. (probably Maying Soong's 'Chinese paperfolding' but I don't remember)
There were no books for sale then and no origami paper but we didn't know it existed anyway. For years I have been folding off and on with all the 'wrong' materials and just this one book.
When I went to university I had other things on my mind but then, purely by chance, I saw Sakata's book 'Origami' in a jumble sale. This was the real start of my life with origami.
I muddled on for another 8 or 10 years until I found out about the Belgian-Dutch society that had been founded just a few years before.
From there on things went fast, too fast sometimes but I loved it.
I became an official teacher (OSN and NOA) and started several classes, workshops and folding groups. I was asked for exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures etc. and I became involved in the OSN organization.
As time went by my private life and my job became more time consuming so I concentrated on folding and a little designing.
My folding group was very disappointed that I wanted to stop.
As I liked folding with this group I kept it on but cancelled my other activities.
However it didn't take too long before I got involved in OSN matters again.
First there was a district convention, then there was a conference and now I'm the OSN treasurer, editor in chief of the youth magazine Minori and the 'court folder' for the weekend convention.
And she lived happily ever after.