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516: Jaws

Posted by wonko on December 12, 2015 in fish, geometry, nature |

In 1975, after finishing year 10, a friend (hey Brendan!) and I decided to cycle to the Sunshine Coast as “something to do” during the Christmas holidays. Living in Maleny, this was a journey but not really that far in retrospect, but on a bicycle in the middle of summer it was kind of madness.  Our bikes were […]

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505: Dragonfly

Posted by wonko on September 22, 2015 in creepy crawly, flower, nature |

As part of my JOAS membership, I get sent magazines with models to try – a really excellent collection of complex models from the worlds best designers. When I saw Satoshi Kamiya’s Dragonfly, I was really scared of it.The level of pleat management and re-arrangement of flaps and layers is truly terrifying when viewed as […]

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503: Man and Woman

Posted by wonko on August 23, 2015 in humanoid, nature, paper |

Flipping through an obscure copy of Papiroflexia Bicolour by Fernando Gilgado, I was struck with a pair of … models that looked like fun to make. I had some small (10in) squares of handmade Kozo left over from the eagle fold and thought I would give it a whirl. The fun and hilarity began – […]

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498: Koh’s Rabbit

Posted by wonko on July 6, 2015 in animal, mammal, nature |

Every so often a model emerges that has such a naturalistic form that so perfectly represents the subject. This lovely rabbit, designed by Ronald Koh is one such “must fold” figure: This lovely model is a dense fold (the hind quarters are necessary layer-dense to form the necessary flaps for the head), so thin paper is […]

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491: Black Sheep

Posted by wonko on January 5, 2015 in animal, geometry, mammal, nature |

On February 15, Chinese New Year kicks off – 2015 is the year of the Goat, but a sheepie is close, right? I thought I would take a preemptive strike given that I am sure to be really busy at work by then. The latest Tanteidan magazine features diagrams for Beth Johnson‘s Sheep – a lovely 2 […]

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At Loggerheads

Posted by wonko on May 17, 2013 in nature, reptile |

I have been a little down, sick and my hands are not working as well as they should be so needed something to boost my spirits: I took a sheet of 35x35cm Olive Tant and decided to try and re-make a model I have only ever achieved once, much much bigger. Logic would suggest, in […]

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430: Lang’s Spider Conch

Posted by wonko on January 25, 2013 in animal, creepy crawly, nature, wtf |

Those of you who were guessers for the WTF (What’s That Fold?) #4 will be interested to know that this model was actually a Spider Conch designed by Robert Lang: I once taught on Palm Island – which is seaward from Townsville, North Queensland. Whilst there I loved to snorkel the reef nearby. Whilst doing […]

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429: Satoshi Kamiya’s Lyrebird

Posted by wonko on January 18, 2013 in bird, nature |

You may have guessed I am a bit of a fanboi when it comes to the works of Satoshi  Kamiya: As previously stated, my wife and I spent some time in a rainforest cabin and that inspired me to have a go at his Lyrbird – a deliciously complicated crumple that needs to result in […]

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423: A Diskworld

Posted by wonko on December 29, 2012 in fantasy, mammal, nature, reptile |

Sir Terry Pratchett, one of my favourite authors, imagined a world like no other, a “disk” world, held aloft on the back of 4 gigantic elephants, standing on the back of a giant star turtle called “Great A’ Tuin”: The breadth of imagination, depth of character, intricacy of story arc and obvious love he lavishes […]

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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 teh 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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