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920: Koala – A Possible Travel Fold

Posted by wonko on February 24, 2018 in animal, mammal, nature |

As I am about to embark on more world travel (see travelblog), I am on the lookout for a fold I can leave in each of the places we stay. Oddly, it is something I do, often hiding little Australiana figures in out of the way places,  to hopefully provide delightful surprises for subsequent guests: […]

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903: (353/365) Slippery Little Sucker

Posted by wonko on December 19, 2017 in 365-2017, Crease Pattern, creepy crawly, nature |

I must admit to being a bit of a fanboy when it comes to the works of Satoshi Kamiya. His designs are genius, fabulously complicated to fold and make good use of the sheet: This is his Octopus – an amazing fold from an octagon that yields lovely little legs, a beady set of eyes […]

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900: (350/365) Calamari

Posted by wonko on December 16, 2017 in 365-2017, creepy crawly, fish, nature |

I stumbled across a “dollar fold” designed by Daniel Brown and decided to try it: An interesting exercise in sinking, point isolation and layer management, this charming squid looks fresh enough to cook.

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817: (267/365) Double Helix

Posted by wonko on September 26, 2017 in 365-2017, geometry, nature |

Being a bit of a closet Biology nerd, when you see a design that combines love of folding with something biologically interesting you jump at the chance to fold it: This modular is made up of a bunch of bent arrow-shaped modules that slip together in 2 strands that then, rather satisfyingly, intertwine in much […]

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794: (244/365) From little things, big things grow

Posted by wonko on September 1, 2017 in 365-2017, nature, plant |

September 1 is often trotted out as the first day of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere: Purists will argue that the spring equinox is not until the 21st of September, but with the climate as it is, it has felt like spring for weeks now in Brisbane.

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787: (237/365) Daffy Down Dilly

Posted by wonko on August 25, 2017 in 365-2017, flower, nature |

Today (August 25) is Daffodil Day, daffodils being the icon associated with cancer awareness and fundraising for an eventual cure. You can get involved, donate or buy badges and sponsored bunches of flowers to show your support: This seems to be a traditional model (sorry, I have yet to identify the designer) but is related […]

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779: (229/365) Karma Chameleon

Posted by wonko on August 17, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, nature, reptile |

I went looking for something reptilian to fold today (not sure why) and found this little charmer designed by Marc Vigo: Using a series of rabbit ears on a 2×1 rectangle, you isolate legs, head and tail rather cleverly.

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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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Flight, Wing or Swarm

Posted by wonko on June 10, 2017 in creepy crawly, nature |

As I continue to explore the butterfly form, I am amazed by the similarities and differences in approaches taken by origami designers: It seems the references are firmly divided on what the collective noun for butterflies is. Some say swarm, some flight, others wing. What do you think? I am on the lookout for others […]

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683: (133/365) Pet Gripe

Posted by wonko on May 13, 2017 in 365-2017, blarg, mammal, nature |

Last weekend I mowed the lawn – that is not so much a revelation as a statement of fact – I enjoy mowing, always have. I do not, however, enjoy the “presents” that dog owners allow their pets to leave on my lawn: I recognise that part of the pleasure of owning a dog is […]

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