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.
Small, delicious crustaceans abound all over the world, in Australia we have the Yabbie: Found in freshwater dams, billabongs and rivers, yabbies are treasured as an Australian bush tucker.
A folder I follow on Facebook asked for volunteers to test his diagrams for a new crab design so naturally I put my hand up: This is Tuan Hoang Pham’s “Shore Crab” design, a delightfully dense creation that is morphologically fairly close to a ghost crab in my opinion.
The link between a boy and his pet is a special one, even if the pet is a hermit crab named “Smee” When I heard Sam had suffered the loss of Smee I remembered the pets I had also said goodbye to, tough gig indeed. I remembered I had folded, as part of the 365 […]
As a member of JOAS (Japanese Origami Society) a present arrives in the mail every now and then – the Tanteidan magazine. Although it is written in Japanese (and I can not read Japanese) there are lots of fun things to try, occasionally amazing models to try: Now I know I should be marking, but […]
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 […]
I had this idea in my head that is should be possible to fold a DALEK (you know, that improbable plunger-wielding arch nemesis of Dr Who) from a single sheet of paper: I began over a two week period to explore the morphology of a Dalek, to come to the conclusion that it is most […]
Tomoko Fuse is undeniably a genius, her work with exacting spiral forms unequalled: This is her “Nautilus”, a lovely recursive form that, after the pre-creasing, almost folds itself. Elegant and graceful curve, perfectly planned pleats and a tidy shell end make this model a keeper for sheer geometric beauty alone. I want to pretend that I go […]
When I first saw this design I put it in the “yeah, prolly not” because it looked hard: A twisted shell, claws, legs, eyes on stalks and a seemingly impossible series of paper torture instructions. Previewing instructions, many of them made no sense until you were in the moment – the impossible collapse to get […]
My second favorite sci-fi film of all time (Alien) brought new forms of terror to the screen: In a well tried formula, a nasty makes itself on board a spaceship firmly clamped to the face of an inquisitive explorer (John Hurt), implanting an egg in the host’s tummy before scaring everyone and dropping dead. The […]