Any self-respecting Nirvana fan is familiar with the song “Heart Shaped Box”: I was listening to some vintage Nirvana on Spotify and that simple song inspired this simple box.
I seem to have an endless fascination with clever origami boxes – this one caught my eye and I knew I needed to try and fold it: Anna Kastlunger has designed a nifty scalable box with an integrated hinged lid that is delightful and possibly useful for precious things.
Most Tanteidan magazines start with a section that deals with modular folding. I was surprised to find a modular cube designed by Jun Maekawa, along with a bunch of variations. With cursory research, it appears “borromean” relates to interlocking shapes, and this cube has “ribbons” of colour that weave in among each other in an […]
Now apparently, when faces with a wee beastie, you throw a pokeball at it and that, somehow, traps the beastie …inside.. the ball for safe keeping – truly, I cannot make this shit up: This is Jeremy Shafer’s Pokeball – a genius modular fold using 2 bits of paper that interlock at the hinge, forming […]
I find it fascinating that there are so many models and folding techniques I have yet to try. The “Magic Rose Cube” is a case in point – I am amazed I have never folded it: Such a beautiful little modular, 3 pieces the flower, 3 slightly different pieces the leaves, slots together into a […]
I can remember a block puzzle my maths teacher introduced to me, the “soma” puzzle was a lot like 3D Tetris. There are 7 puzzle pieces, all variations of stacked cube clusters that fit together into a 3×3 cube when put together right. A fab fold, a simple series of box pleat collapses and a […]
A mate, Tim, knew of my paper bending tendencies. He is also a Bank Manager and so he came across a rareish paper Australian $20 note: Once upon a time, boys and girls, Australian currency was made of paper, not shiny brittle plastic as it is now. Much to my surprise, a letter arrived addressed […]
Contemplating buying Christmas Crackers, you gain a sense of waste and expense – they are hideously expensive and full of stuff no sane person would actually want: …so I thought about folding some. I am fond of a twist, and whilst exploring the maths of a hex twist, I discovered a method for making a […]
When life gives you Chiyogami or hand-made Washi, with a relatively simple twist you can turn it into a hex-box: Lovely hand-printed Washi (swirls of fibres, block printed 20+ years ago) and modern Chiyogami (machine made but lovely) are actually fairly difficult to work with because you cannot see the creases and Fujimoto’s hex box establishes a […]
This model combines two things I love about Origami: The geometry of Fujimoto’s Hex box is wonderful, it provided me the perfect excuse to do that which I have put off for far too long. A colleague (thank you Mrs Erizabreth) gave me a roll of hand-made Washi she brought back from Japan many years […]