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615: (65/365) Spheroid

Posted by wonko on March 6, 2017 in 365-2017, geometry, paper |

Who could have foreseen that the concurrence of a series of parallel mountain folds interspersed between a series of concentric parabolic valley folds would result in something with such sculptural simplicity?: This is Jun Mitani’s “Spheroid”, well, at least as close as I could get to it by guessing the intervals between parallel lines and […]

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583: (33/365) Hearty Cube

Posted by wonko on February 2, 2017 in 365-2017, geometry, paper |

This delightful 6-part modular cube is designed by Meenakshi Mukerji: The modules cleverly isolate a colour-changed heart at the centre of a “U” shaped module that forms one side of the cube.

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572: (22/365) Origami On The Brain

Posted by wonko on January 22, 2017 in bird, geometry, humanoid, paper |

Those who know me realise I am a little obsessed with paper folding, some would say to excess. The truth of the matter is I am constantly amazed what you can coax a flat sheet to do. I think I missed my calling as a materials engineer: I like models that I can visualise, as I […]

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571: (21/365) OMG!!!!

Posted by wonko on January 21, 2017 in 365-2017, machine, paper, wtf |

Needless to say the media is abuzz with reactions to Trump’s inauguration. Let us hope that the he does not become the “Bane” of their existence (even though part of his speech was plagiarised from the Marvel Universes’ fictitious tyrant presidential coup, I am sure this is merely coincidence): One has to have hope in […]

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554: (4/365) Shuki Kato’s Simple Dragon

Posted by wonko on January 4, 2017 in 365-2017, dinosaur, fantasy, paper, reptile |

There are many subjects for origami models that are sort of a “holy grail” of folding, dragons are one such thing: This is Shuki Kato’s “Simple” Dragon – the term simple is a relative term, naturally, as most of Shuki’s models are not for beginners and this little charmer is no exception. I decided to […]

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No Dragon, Just Head

Posted by wonko on December 20, 2016 in dinosaur, fantasy, geometry, paper, reptile, wtf |

Determined not to let Shuki Kato’s “Western Dragon” beat me, I decided to isolate the part of the model that I had failed on each of the 4 times I have attempted this nightmare of bent paper – the head: Using the crease pattern, I isolated the corner that is the head and made that […]

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548: Making Your Dollar Go Further

Posted by wonko on October 23, 2016 in amphibian, fish, paper |

My son and his partner (Hi Matt and Alix!) came back from a recent trip to Canada and the US and had some greenbacks left over in their wallet. They are paper, you can fold them, there is a whole branch of Origami that does this intensively, led by artists like Won Park.

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Stellated Washi Icosahedron

Posted by wonko on October 15, 2016 in geometry, paper |

When friends travel, often they find lovely small bits of Washi. Packs of this are full of a myriad of lovely traditional prints, rich colours often embossed and overlayed with gold. The tricksey bit is to work out what to do with it – given it’s size and often the overpowering beauty of the design.

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547: Stellar

Posted by wonko on August 28, 2016 in geometry, paper, Traditional |

As part of the school’s social justice program, I was asked to come up with a fold for a bow tie that I could teach year 7-10 boys and girls from 3 schools on a Friday afternoon: Based in part on a technique used by many, but first seen in a video, I devices a […]

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546: Château Chinon Tessellation

Posted by wonko on August 21, 2016 in geometry, paper |

Another time sponge, based on a square grid initially that was torturous to fold and pre-crease. Based on Eric Gjerde’s tessellation molecule, it is an amazing use of paper that features largely an “all at once” collapse. Many tessellations sit flat while you do them, their interim stages are still flat – not this mongrel. […]

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