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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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671: (121/365) Winter is Coming

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

I want to pretend that we have a discernible Autumn in Brisbane, indeed there is a moderation of temperatures, but we lack the temperature drops and seasonal flora to clearly mark the change of season: Having been places that have deciduous trees, and seen the glorious colour changes in leaves from yellow to red and […]

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590: (40/360) Daisy

Posted by wonko on February 9, 2017 in 365-2017, flower, nature |

“Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy….”: There were fewer chilling cinematic moments than the last conscious moments of HAL, the conflicted computer in Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey. The slow disappearance of cognisance is so beautifully portrayed.

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521: Robert Lang’s Yellowjacket

Posted by wonko on January 17, 2016 in creepy crawly, nature |

Flipping through the book “Origami Masters – Bugs – How the Bug Wars Changed the Art Of Origami”, you cannot help but be frightened by this model: Robert Lang, mathematician, engineer and origami design genius in this model pushes the envelope of what is possible with paper on a number of levels. The book gives […]

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