721: (171/365) Kythera Dreaming

Posted by wonko on June 20, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, crustacean, geometry, nature |

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.

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647: (97/365) Yabbie

Posted by wonko on April 8, 2017 in 365-2017, crustacean |

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.

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594: (44/360) Shore Crab

Posted by wonko on February 13, 2017 in 365-2017, crustacean |

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.

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Posted by wonko on September 22, 2013 in creepy crawly, crustacean |

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 […]

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443: Gettin’ Crabby

Posted by wonko on June 23, 2013 in crustacean, wtf |

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 […]

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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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380: Project Davros

Posted by wonko on March 4, 2012 in amphibian, creepy crawly, crustacean, humanoid, scifi |

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 […]

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276: Nautilus

Posted by wonko on October 3, 2011 in crustacean, geometry, nature |

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 […]

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268: Hermit Crab

Posted by wonko on September 25, 2011 in crustacean |

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 […]

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232: Face-hugger

Posted by wonko on August 20, 2011 in creepy crawly, crustacean, scifi |

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 […]

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