Deb Pun was born on the East Coast and spent two years as a young girl in Taiwan learning Chinese language and culture. During the early 80s she lived in New York City navigating through the diverse immigrant cultures while growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Flushing, Queens with her mother and two younger brothers. Her love for folding origami was seeded in late 80s when she bought her first origami kit by Tomoko Fuse in a Japanese bookstore.

She holds a B.A. from University at Albany in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies and Sociology. During her student exchange in Japan, she studied Chinese brush painting and Japanese language. Working as a curatorial intern for the “Pritzlaff’s Chinese Commemorative Portraits” at Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution instilled in her a deep appreciation for Asian art & culture.

In 1998, when she was invited to teach in an Artist-in-Residence program in Saratoga Springs, NY, she discovered an online community of origami enthusiasts to help her craft her first origami lesson for 3rd and 5th grade students. That same year her love for teaching origami blossomed as she volunteered at her first Origami USA convention in New York City. 

Since then she has been teaching to beginners and enthusiasts, learning from master designers and creators and volunteering at origami conventions worldwide. 

She was a contributor for five years to Imagiro, bi-monthly amateur publication dedicated to all aspects of the art of origami. She is inspired by an international community of dedicated origami designers and folders who share their ideas in books, online in blogs, forums, and social media sites.

She lived in Hawai`i from 2005 to 2010 in Ahualoa, (near Honoka`a on the Hamakua Coast). She taught the community how to raise egg-laying hens  and how to grow and process tea. She now lives in New York City and enjoying meeting people through local origami groups and through her tea demonstrations.

She is available locally in New York City for small group teaching and demonstration sessions and for one-on-one private origami lessons. To shop for paper and supplies online, go to origami links page. Please e-mail to inquire about rates and availability aloha.origami@gmail.com.