Until recently, Brill was a bank clerk. Now he is engaged in origami and painting.
His book “Brilliant Origami” is very popular in Japan. Here is what Dave Brill tells about himself: “I started doing origami as a little boy when I was six or seven years old. At that time, for every Christmas, I received a new comic book about the adventures of Little Rupert as a gift. This character is well known in England. In one of these books, I found a description of how to fold a piece of paper out of paper. True, then I did not know that this is origami. The first model I folded out of paper was a crane crane waving its wings. This happened in 1959. After that, in every new book about Rupert, I searched for paper figurines. I liked that to create them you do not need anything but hands and a square of paper.
At school, I was folding airplanes, trying to make various modifications. When I was twenty years old and I started working, I had to travel around England and often stay in small hotels. By that time, I was already familiar with the wonderful books of Robert Harbin and Samuel Rundlet and always took them with me on my next trip.
Folding the models of these authors, I often while away the long evenings away from home. Of course, I had enough books for a while, and then I started writing to Japan, because I found references to books by Akiro Yoshidzawa in the list of references.
To my delight, I soon managed to get one of his books. In 1974, I joined the British Origami Society, which by that time already united many fans of this art. At the request of the secretary of the society, I started giving origami lessons to people who first came across this amazing type of creativity. It was not easy, because they didn’t even know what a “mountain” or “valley” fold is. For me it was a great teaching practice!
At the first conference of origamists (1975) I met many wonderful masters – Max Hume, Martin Walla, Eric Kennevey, Mick Guy, who to this day remain my friends and whose work has had a great influence on me. Their paperwork style taught me not to rely on chance, trying to create a new model, but to plan it in advance. It was not easy.
To achieve success in such work, one had to have some experience, to be able to analyze, design and, of course, rely heavily on intuition. However, even then I began to get something, and I still keep and sometimes demonstrate some of my models that were invented at that time.
What does origami mean in my life now? A lot of things! Probably the main thing I get pleasure from it. I like to first find the idea of a new model, and then make a figure! I don’t know where these ideas come from. I see objects around me and try to translate them into paper. Sometimes it is quite simple to construct the necessary model from paper, sometimes it takes a lot of time and I save work for a while, then return to it again …
It is interesting for me to embody new ideas in paper and to use new techniques and techniques. Origami allows me to easily communicate with many people, especially at conferences. If someone wants me to teach him my new job, this is already a step towards friendly relations. I have contacts with many people living in different countries of the world, and I consider all of them to be my big family. Origami makes it easy to share something with people, and this is important! Finally, I am currently the chairman of the British Origami Society and am very proud of that. ”