The Public Paperfolding History Project

Index Page

x

 
The Paperfolding of Jack J Skillman
 

Introduction

Jack J Skillman was born in 1915

**********

Chronology

1959

According to the exhibition catalogue, Skillman contributed a number of designs to the 'Plane Geometry and Fancy Figures' exhibition held at the Cooper Union Museum in New York in the Summer of 1959:

**********

1961

Jack J Skillman is featured in an article published in the Chicago Daily Tribune of 25th June 1961 where he is described as a senior clerk with the board of health.

**********

'The Origamian' Vol 2: Issue 2 of Autumn 1961 contains an exposition by Florence Temko of some of Jack Skillman's ideas about the categorisation / classification of paperfolds.

**********

1962

'The Origamiian' Vol 2: Issue 4 of Autumn 1962 contained a profile of Skillman written by Lillian Oppenheimer which, inter alia, mentions Skillman's 'Parallelopiped' and 'Jackstone'.

And diagrams for two of his designs:

Ani-Mule (2-part compound design)

***

Flapping Goose

**********

1963

'The Best of Origami' by Samuel Randlett, which was published by E P Dutton in New York in 1963 and by Faber and Faber Ltd in London in 1964, contained the following biographical details:

And diagrams for two of Skillman's original designs:

Japanese Lantern

**********

Butterfly

**********

1964

'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964, contained diagrams for a number of Skillman's designs:

Couch

**********

Double Boat

**********

Armchair

**********

Salt Cellar Table (also attributed to Uchiyama)

**********

1965

Vol 5: Issue 1 of 'The Origamian' for Spring 1965 included photo diagrams for Skillman's Jackstone design.

**********

Vol 5: Issue 2 of 'The Origamian' for Summer 1965 contains a profile of Philip Shen, written by Alice Gray, which states that he was stimulated and encouraged by Skillman:

***

The same issue included an article by Fred Rohm, 'On Bases', which also contains references to Skillman:

**********

1969

Skillman's 'Embroidered Ball' , a 2-part modular design, appeared in Issue 4 of the Flapping Bird. (This ball will collapse flat in two directions, but this property does not appear to have been known to its inventor.)

**********