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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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288: Happy Birthday Gemma

Posted by wonko on October 15, 2011 in domestic, flower, geometry |

A friend turns 40 tonight, and quite likes roses, so I thought a paper construction might compliment the rose bush we were taking as a suitable milestone: Made from 40 pieces of paper, this is a variation of Maria Sinayskaya’s “Little Roses” kusudama (rose ball), a curious construction that features triplets of lightly bent petals that interlock […]

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277: Azalea

Posted by wonko on October 4, 2011 in flower |

I realise I have not folded many flowers – in my opinion not a lot of them look like flowers: This azalea is pretty good – yes my first fold is a little wonky but I can see how if I were to fold it again I could improve it. A nice design using Rhodes […]

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238: Daffodil Day

Posted by wonko on August 26, 2011 in blarg, flower |

In Australia, August 26 this year is nominated as “Daffodil Day”: We celebrate the lives of those brave people who have fought cancer in all it’s forms – to do so we use a flower, the fragile symbol of hope and beauty: I made a white one, then folded 4 in colour and scattered then […]

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