We are a highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic team who advocate passionately the mental health benefits of the practice of Origami.
Our team are based in the South around Oxford/London and in the North in Merseyside.
Dr Lizzie Burns is a science-based artist and creative specialist, also a visiting academic in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford. Following a doctorate and research fellowship in cancer research at the University of Oxford, Lizzie has been working as a ‘science-based artist‘ since 2002 using artwork and workshops to explore the beauty and wonder of life. Commissions include the British Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and the Royal College of Pathologists. She works regularly in hospitals, including University College Hospital (UCH) in London funded by the UCH Cancer Fund to engage and inspire adults during difficult times. She is the founder of the Anti-Boredom Campaign (ABC) and run creative sessions including using origami over the past 10 years for adults in hospital. Lizzie learnt origami after a patient wanted to teach her to pass it on. Lizzie has written about origami as a tool for self-care in the British Medical Journal.
Zulay Sayalero is a former Chemical Engineer, but her real passion was always to be creative and help others. She rediscovered Origami while in hospital. The experience has positively impacted her life, and she became a volunteer teaching Origami and other papercrafts to the patients. She is a strong advocate of the importance of taking time to be creative for mental wellbeing and prefers to define herself as a ‘Creativity Engineer’, working on bringing to life projects that can inspire and ignite creativity in others, this inner power that we all have within us. She has been delivering workshops and creating collaborative artworks displays in NHS hospitals, care homes, community centres, children’s groups, and private organisations. She has worked on large scale projects involving Origami, such as Yakult UK, The New Samsung Galaxy Z launch and created many bespoke designs for different causes, including the red origami squirrel, a project to raise awareness of the decline of these species in the UK.
Her series of workshops, ‘Origami your way to a calm mind’, has been received very positively by participants from many sectors, including the NHS, Abbott Diabetes Ltd, Kalla and others.
For more information about workshops, see our “contact us” page.
Angela Loveridge from Global Mobile Origami is an Award winning Origamist and a member of the British Origami Society. She started folding in 2002 whilst in recovery from mental health issues. With appearances on Radio 5 Live and at Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival she has also worked for museums, schools, corporate entertainment events, Community Centres, Women’s Institutes, cruise companies, Summer Play Schemes and has been to Glastonsbury folding a Thousand Peace Cranes. She is currently running a series of weekly workshops at Tomorrow’s Women Wirral www.tomorrowswomen.org.uk in Birkenhead and The Open Door Project theopendoorcentre.org in Liscard Village both on Merseyside.
“felt happy, smiley, joyful and grateful” — patient