I create Origami because it is beautiful and the repetitive motion of paper folding has a calming effect for me. I like the geometric models best because of their mathematical and visual components.
I taught myself origami when I was 9. I graduated from cranes to more difficult figures and can now make the most complex and difficult designs.
A few of my Origami designs I created myself, but I mostly use designs by others. I like the large geometric models best because of their mathematical and visual components and the need to plan color schemes.
About Fractal Graphics:
Fractals graphics involve the computerized generation of pictures based on mathematical chaos theory. I have software on my computer that is designed to manipulate and/or solve mathematical equations and then translate the results into computer graphics. These graphics are “chaotic” in the mathematical sense in both form and color. I sometimes make up complex equations of my own and plug the results into the software. I have been fascinated by fractal graphics ever since I first saw the “Mandelbrot Set” in a magazine when I was a teenager.
About My art work:
I am fascinated by mythical beings; some of which I made up myself. I have made up an imaginary world where people, animals, Burmecians, Cynopians, and many other beings (both real and mythical) live together. Much of my art work is based on characters in my imaginary world.
About Public Speaking:
Like many autistic people, I am constantly struggling to communicate. The frustrations of this struggle often make me feel tense and nervous. My language is quite good, but talking is stressful because it takes a lot of effort for me. I think communication is so difficult for me because I think in pictures. This slows down my language processing for both speaking and listening.
It is easier for me to talk when I can read the words. That’s why I am able to give speeches if I can read from a printed copy. It is still a lot of hard work for me to communicate this way, but I enjoy the attention and community connection I get from reading speeches to an audience.
One of the good things about being autistic is I’m never embarrassed to speak in front of large crowds. I’ve spoken at conferences, training sessions and to university classes about autism. The last thing my parents expected was to see me on the “Speaker’s Circuit,” but somehow I got there.
It also means a lot to me to help others understand what it is like to live with autism.