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Comedy – Tragedy

Posted by wonko on June 6, 2016 in blarg, humanoid, paper |

Doodling with a single uncut A3 sheet, I managed to fold something approaching both masks of the Drama “Comedy and Tragedy” thing Using a Joisel-like face thing twice, I think this model has potential as it uses one piece of paper to realise the whole enchilada.

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533: Gjerde’s Pinwheel Tessellation

Posted by wonko on June 2, 2016 in blarg, geometry |

After leafing through Eric Gjerde’s “Origami Tessellations” I knew I had found the motherload of paper punishment: This is the “Pinwheel” tessellation and it has a hidden beauty. I am learning that a tessellation is a regular repeating pattern, magically interlocking “molecules” that go together like tiles on a mosaic floor. Usually based on a grid […]

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Tessellations

Posted by wonko on May 25, 2016 in blarg, geometry |

Folding is something I do, often to stave off boredom. When my students are working on assignments, I get large slabs of time where I need to be there but am not needed, so I bend paper relentlessly: Folding grids is painstaking, but excellent discipline – accuracy is the key

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531: Joisel’s Horse Head

Posted by wonko on May 15, 2016 in animal, blarg, geometry, mammal |

Many beauties reside in Eric Joisel’s folding legacy, most have no hints as to how he achieved them. The “Horse Head” design exists as an obscured crease pattern from his original notes: A friend of this blog (Hi Jean-Baptiste!) offered his interpretation of the crease pattern and invited me to try folding it as he was […]

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528: Joisel’s Pangolin

Posted by wonko on May 2, 2016 in animal, blarg, geometry, mammal, paper |

Few Origami models reach Iconic status, few have the charm and grace of Eric Joisel’s Pangolin. I thought I would have a go at this fold: Based, in part, on a field of diagonal graduated pleats that are “popped” into scaley plates, shaped simply to suggest tail, head and feet, his folds have a unique […]

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524: Happy Valentines Day

Posted by wonko on February 14, 2016 in blarg, boxes, flower, geometry, seasonal |

I find it fascinating that there are so many models and folding techniques I have yet to try. The “Magic Rose Cube” is a case in point – I am amazed I have never folded it: Such a beautiful little modular, 3 pieces the flower, 3 slightly different pieces the leaves, slots together into a […]

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520: Blackstar

Posted by wonko on January 12, 2016 in blarg, geometry |

Having pre-ordered the new album by David Bowie, I was delighted when it arrived in my postbox yesterday morning (Monday 11 January 2016). Much hyped, I put it on loud, in high rotation for the day, each listen affirming a new favorite Bowie Album. In the afternoon we went grocery shopping, to return home to […]

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517: Darth Paper – The Fold Awakens

Posted by wonko on December 15, 2015 in fantasy, humanoid, scifi, seasonal |

I will admit it, I have been a Star Wars fan since it was possible to be one. I saw the original movies many times in the cinema DECADES before my kids thought it would be cool to do the same with the new ones: The original 3 movies were special (well, they WERE before […]

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Decoration

Posted by wonko on November 30, 2015 in geometry, seasonal |

Although I began folding paper when I was 11, I peaked at about 13 (back then, in my own mind) by mastering Jack Skillman’s “Jackstone”: I had bought Robert Harbin’s Origami book series, the model featured in book 2 at the back which meant it wqas hard. It seems the Jackstone was at the time […]

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Joisel in Memoriam

Posted by wonko on October 19, 2015 in blarg, humanoid |

On the 10th of October, 2010, the origami world lost a living treasure and master of the art of Origami – Monsieur Eric Joisel. To “breathe life into paper” is something I am inspired to do as a DIRECT reaction and influence of his work. To think more about the art and less about the technique […]

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