A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
born in bustling Catford, in South-East London, in 1952
but largely grew up in the quiet seaside town of
Whitstable, in Kent. In 1988 I moved to Kendal in the
English Lake District and now live in a small village
nearby. In my time I have been, among other things, a
Civil Servant, a marine insurance broker, administration
manager of an outdoor clothing mail-order retailer, fault
desk operator for an electricity supply company, creche
worker for Barnardo's, child protection social worker and
shelf-stacker for both Asda and Tesco. I am now retired.
I love reading, folding paper and partner dancing, especially salsa and tango. When I was younger I was an ardent fellwalker, caver and explorer of abandoned mineral mines but I now usually confine myself to low level walks with just the occasional foray to the tops. I also occasionally draw cartoons and write poetry.
I first became a published author in 1997 when Tarquin publications accepted my proposal for a book of folded paper polyhedra, which was released under the title of Mathematical Origami. Since then I have been fortunate to be offered contracts to write a number of other books about paperfolding topics. I have also set up my own imprint, Water Trade, to allow me to write and publish books of my own.
Although I am neither a teacher nor a mathematician, I have been privileged to be asked to give presentations at several conferences for teachers of mathematics and I have taken part in many mathematical education events in schools, colleges, shopping centres and even Manchester City football ground. I have also had the pleasure of visiting New York, Florence, Paris, Munich, Dresden, Valencia and Jerusalem as a guest of national origami societies. Who would have thought that folding paper could do all this?
One of my retirement projects is to try to draw instructions for the large number of origami designs I have created over the last 30 years. These will be made available on this site as and when they are completed.