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578: (28/365) Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

Posted by wonko on January 28, 2017 in 365-2017, bird, seasonal |

The Chinese Zodiac is rich with myth and legend, most cultures are full to the brim with such fancy. Chinese New year is based around the Lunar cycles, as such seem oddly placed to us westerners: Moon cakes, yum cha, char sui hanging in a chinese butcher’s window, the red of firecrackers, the noise and […]

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569: (19/365) Japanese Macaque

Posted by wonko on January 19, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, mammal, seasonal |

Emergent behaviour is fascinating, apparently where these Japanese Macaque monkeys live gets snowy in winter, they have learned that sitting in thermal pools near bathhouses (Onsen) is one way of staving off the cold: This isĀ Fumiaki Kawahata’s Japanese Macaque – a model I had intended to fold ages ago because it was in a Tanteidan […]

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555: (5/365) Maple Leaf Bookmark

Posted by wonko on January 5, 2017 in 365-2017, plant, seasonal |

Naturally, I blame Canada, as any good Southparkian would: This is Inayoshi Hidehisa’s Maple Leaf chopstick holder but I rather think it works (at this scale at least) much better as a bookmark.

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551: (1/365) Mummy Star

Posted by wonko on January 1, 2017 in 365-2017, geometry, seasonal |

When my sister in law went to Nepal, she found some rather charming Lokta paper, hand-made with block printed gold floral designs. She carefully transported it back with her for me to wrangle. I had a modular in mind and the orange Lokta seemed the obvious choice: This is Miyuki Kawamura’s Mummy Star, a startlingly […]

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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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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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489: Happy New Year!

Posted by wonko on December 31, 2014 in geometry, seasonal |

As 2014 rolls to a close, we welcome the new year: These are digits designed by Andrey Lukyanov, as demonstrated via videos by the talented Sara Adams – check them out. Happy New Year!

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468: I am Pegasus, My Name Means Horse

Posted by wonko on February 3, 2014 in fantasy, mammal, seasonal |

I am old enough to remember when a folk singer named Ross Ryan released a campy song about flying horses, and given that is an ear-worm of a song and it has just turned “Year of the Horse” for Chinese New Year, I thought it was an omen on what next to fold: This is […]

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464: Say it with Flowers

Posted by wonko on December 24, 2013 in flower, seasonal |

In our previous house I had a rose garden – I planted and maintained 42 rose bushes, lovingly collected cow poo, mulched, pruned and relentlessly sprayed them to combat the Queensland climate’s unsuitability for growing them. I also was a member of the Queensland Rose Society so occasionally displayed blooms at shows and in competitions, […]

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