Origami Heaven is the website of paperfolding designer and author 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 still live close by with my
wife, her daughter and our cat, Kinkski. I have five
grown-up children of my own, some biological, some
acquired, and, at the latest count, eleven grandchildren.
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, 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 published 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 rather more esoteric works.
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 the local origami societies. Who would have thought that folding paper could do all this?
My main retirement project is to draw instructions for some of the large number of origami designs I have created over the last 30 years. These will be made available on this site as they are completed.