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724: (174/365) School Holidays!

Posted by wonko on June 23, 2017 in 365-2017, humanoid |

After a brutally busy term, it is time to recharge, dance a little, be thankful for the good things that surround you:

This is Jeremy Shafer’s “The Dancers” – a charming little pleating exercise that takes a square (in this case a 15cm Japanese foil square) and, via a clever set of collapses, isolates 2 people, joined at the hand. Read more…

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723: (173/365) Feathered Tsuru

Posted by wonko on June 22, 2017 in 365-2017, bird, Crease Pattern, Traditional |

Few would argue that the Tsuru (crane) is the quintessential origami figure. Everybody starts there, the form is so familiar and the skills necessary to fold it form the backbone of so many models:

While I have tried many variations of this model, few compare to Riccardo Foschi’s “feathered Tsuru”, a glorious and complex variation with such beautiful wings. Read more…

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722: (172/365) Baby Dragon

Posted by wonko on June 21, 2017 in 365-2017, Crease Pattern, dinosaur, fantasy |

Reporting is a beast of a thing, particularly semester reporting where we seem to joust with nit-picking grammar on parts of a report that parents do not read. Slaying the beast is particularly satisfying:

This is Riccardo Foschi’s Baby Lizard Dragon … thing. I found the CP and a photo of the finished model and thought ‘how hard could this be?’. Read more…

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721: (171/365) Kythera Dreaming

Posted by wonko on June 20, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, crustacean, geometry, nature |

A colleague recently spent an extended time back home on Kythera, a lovely island in Greece:

Returning to work is never easy after such time away, but I can feel and understand her longing to return. This shell is meant to evoke dream memories of Kythera. Read more…

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720: (170/365) Cylinder Twists

Posted by wonko on June 19, 2017 in 365-2017, geometry |

When you are sitting, you have a bunch of time to think. When you have cylindrical media on hand, you start to think about what you can do with it:

Having previously dabbled in loo-roll faces, I began wondering if there was some geometric beauty in cylinder wrangling and happened across a scalable technique that allows a twist without completely breaking the cylindrical form. Read more…

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719: (169/365) Jason Ku’s Duck

Posted by wonko on June 18, 2017 in 365-2017, bird |

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, it probably is a duck:

This is an intense little model that eats paper like few others. The body is heavy and shaping I found difficult because of the many layers. Read more…

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718: (168/365) Nosy Cat

Posted by wonko on June 17, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, mammal |

Pressed for time, I folded a model I had meant to fold a month ago:

This is Oriol Esteve’s “Nosy Cat” – a lovely little cat that in my first fold looks more like a kitten. Read more…

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717: (167/365) Michael LaFosse’s Le Papillon de Nuit

Posted by wonko on June 16, 2017 in 365-2017, creepy crawly |

Le Papillon de Nuit translates, roughly as “The Night Butterfly” – a charming fold with a lovely detailed abdomen:

Unlike the other La Fosse butterflies, this one works and then re-works layers on the wings, making the finished model smaller but unique in shape. Read more…

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716: (166/365) Michael LaFosse’s Mudarri Luna Moth

Posted by wonko on June 15, 2017 in 365-2017, creepy crawly |

Catching up, finally, and continuing exploration of the form, this is a luna moth: apparently the main difference between a moth and a butterfly is that moths typically do not have winds that meet above the body – I may have just made that up:

I like the slight “swallowtail” formation here – lots of work pre butterfly formation in getting proportions right makes this seem graceful. Read more…

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715: (165/365) Michael LaFosse’s Butterfly for Russell Cashdollar

Posted by wonko on June 15, 2017 in 365-2017, creepy crawly |

Yes, I know, it is a day late, but i have been busy marking, so, yeah:

This is another Michael LaFosse butterfly – more fancy than most with the pleaty zig zags adding decorative touches. Read more…

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