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428: Hibiscus Flower

Posted by wonko on January 18, 2013 in flower, wtf |

My wife and I spent some time in a rainforest cabin – whilst there I folded this week’s WTF#3: On a tropical theme, I left the model for the cabin owner as a thank you for a lovely time away. A simple, slightly asymmetric fold that teases an odd number of petals, stamen and stem, cleverly managing the layers […]

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409: Wedding Blossoms

Posted by wonko on October 1, 2012 in domestic, flower, plant |

A little over a year ago, my daughter as part of the very early planning stages for her wedding asked (in only the way a daughter can) if we could do something different with the flowers: After much looking around, experimentation and reject schemes we came up with a 5-sheet rose (4 2×1 rectangles for […]

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407: Chan’s One-Sheet Rose

Posted by wonko on September 27, 2012 in flower |

Browsing Origami Tanteidan 12th Convention, I noticed a seemingly impossible fold: Brian Chan is an amazing designer (Attack of the Kraken is one of his) and this flower is an ingenious, if intense, use fo a coloured square of paper. If the paper was coloured green one side, red the other, then the way this design […]

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396: Cutting Out The Deadwood

Posted by wonko on June 13, 2012 in plant |

It is rare that an idea comes to me so fully formed as this, but I was doodling with a sheet of copy paper and started thinking about forming an organic shape, initially by crumpling (which is sort of cheating) and later via pleats: Nature is odd, working in 3’s and 5’s looks much more […]

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395: Showing Off

Posted by wonko on June 2, 2012 in amphibian, boxes, creepy crawly, crustacean, fish, flower, fruit, geometry, humanoid, mammal, reptile, scifi, vehicle |

Our local council library has a large glass display case that usually has things on show for a month. I cautiously asked one of the librarians if she thought some origami would interest patrons and she was very enthusiastic: There are around 200 models now on show at Holland Park Library for June and I am quite […]

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389: Kusudama Dafina

Posted by wonko on April 6, 2012 in flower, geometry |

I saw Tadashi Mori demonstrating a Kawasaki Rose-based modular and thought I would give it a whirl: Having failed miserably every other attempt to fold a Kawasaki Rose, I was chuffed to succeed this time. I want to say I will fold this again – it took an age and although I was impressed with […]

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378: Be My Valentine

Posted by wonko on February 14, 2012 in flower |

So today is Valentines Day, and rather than buy into that commercial thing, I thought a more personal touch was required: Using 4 2×1 rectangles, some tight pleating and curling, and some florist’s wire to keep them together we have some rather lovely roses. I happened to have some lustrous red metallic paper from a […]

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363: Tree of Wisdom

Posted by wonko on December 29, 2011 in bird, plant |

You know that feeling when you plan (and see quite clearly in your head) something and then it turns out exactly like you envisaged it? This is one of those moments: I had a model fail on a large sheet of lithography paper and considered binning the resultant crumpled mess, but remembered an origami technique […]

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329: Xmas Trees

Posted by wonko on November 25, 2011 in plant, seasonal |

Synchronicity happens – i was asked by my lovely wife if I could make an origami xmas tree – I said I would have a look, and did – there were lots to choose from but then came a posting on the British Origami Society mailing list with possibly the best design of them all: […]

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326: Rough End First

Posted by wonko on November 22, 2011 in fruit, geometry |

All too often we feel like we are dealt the “rough end” of the pineapple: It is a curious expression that, I think at least, has something to do with inserting said pineapple in a pineapple-unfriendly place (makes my eyes water just thinking about it). This is a pleated structure designed by David Petty and […]

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