Beth Johnson

Beth has been a Maker Works member since the shop opened in 2011. She is an origami designer and began working at the shop to use the vinyl cutter and Epilog laser to score paper. After becoming a member, she began dabbling in wood, metal and electronics, to incorporate different materials into her work. Beth teaches classes and exhibits her work around the world. This year she has taught classes in New York City, Columbus, OH, and Tokyo, Japan. This fall she will be traveling to Lyon, France, and Shizuoka, Japan for more teaching and exhibiting.

She has a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and a Masters Degree in Natural Resources. In 2010, she left her career environmental policy to pursue more creative outlets.

Beth is checked out on: Metal Lathes, Epilog Laser Cutter, ShopBot CNC Router, 3- Saws Class, Drill Press/Bandsaw, Tormach CNC Mill/Bridgeport Mill


Paper is my primary medium, and I like to fold it, cut it, score it, paint it, wetfold it, backcoat it, and more. I design origami, but I also like to make paper cutouts, popups, and so on. I have extensive experience working with paper and teaching origami and teaching techniques for working with paper.

Design: I have web and print design experience, and am proficient in Adobe Creative Suites design software, and in the process of learning Rhino.


  • Origami and Paper Crafts
  • Sewing, screenprinting, making t-shirts
  • Woodworking
  • Metalworking
  • Biking
  • Traveling
  • Learning new languages
  • Eco-design
  • Sleeping in