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622: (72/365) Nesting

Posted by wonko on March 13, 2017 in 365-2017, bird |

Sometimes tending the nest is more important than what is happening elsewhere: This is Edwardo Clemente’s “Mother Bird” (I think that is what it is called, it is all in Spanish) and is a charming little bi-colour model that manages to tease a lovely flappy mother twitter bird, a pair of hungry chicks and a […]

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588: (38/360) Sipho Mabona’s “Swallow”

Posted by wonko on February 7, 2017 in 365-2017, bird |

When planning origami models that will be good for permanent display, locks and paper tension matter as a model will try to unfold itself: This genius design results in a fairly faithful swallow, the body is rounded, beak and head cleverly proportioned, tings and tail streamlined – it looks like it would fly.

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582: (32/365) Flapping Bird wearing a Tsuru Costume

Posted by wonko on February 1, 2017 in 365-2017, bird |

Those of you familiar with a traditional crane (Tsuru) will notice this one is a little odd – that is because it is folded on top of/inside a flapping bird: This is an ingenious and complicated fold, for bi-colour paper that cleverly interweaves one model in the other. In the 3D photo below you can […]

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578: (28/365) Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

Posted by wonko on January 28, 2017 in 365-2017, bird, seasonal |

The Chinese Zodiac is rich with myth and legend, most cultures are full to the brim with such fancy. Chinese New year is based around the Lunar cycles, as such seem oddly placed to us westerners: Moon cakes, yum cha, char sui hanging in a chinese butcher’s window, the red of firecrackers, the noise and […]

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577: (27/365) Chinese Lunar New Years Eve

Posted by wonko on January 27, 2017 in 365-2017, bird |

Chinese New Year seems more complicated then celebrating the end of a calendar year, my research suggests that today is Chinese New Years Eve: This year the symbol is a Rooster, well more correctly a fire rooster, and this is the first in a series of folds designed by Mi Wu that perfectly capture the […]

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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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567: (17/365) Jo Nakashima’s Penguin

Posted by wonko on January 17, 2017 in 365-2017, bird, blarg |

Returning to work, we balance between the stinking hot outside temperature and the painfully cold airconditioning (yes, I know this sounds like a first world problem, and it is), but I decided to fold a critter that has evolved to put up with intolerable temperatures: This is Jo Nakashima’s Penguin, a lovely little model with a […]

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543: Flock

Posted by wonko on August 13, 2016 in bird, geometry, Traditional, wtf |

I try to mark the passing of Hiroshima Day August 6 with respect and effort. Having folded the traditional 1000 cranes twice in my life (oddly, the second time my cranes were “borrowed” by a then campaigning year 11 for a community project where he received the credit and was subsequently elected School Captain … […]

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539: Triple Tsuru

Posted by wonko on June 30, 2016 in bird, Traditional, wtf |

Continuing my exploration of Hiden Senbazuru Orikata (The Secret of One Thousand Cranes Origami), published in 1797 I managed to wrangle a triple Tsuru: The original schematic suggests that you use 2 small squares attached to the wings of the larger square, and I cannot fathom whether the dotted lines mean “remove” the unused paper […]

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537: Quad Tsuru two ways

Posted by wonko on June 22, 2016 in bird, Traditional, wtf |

Taking a square and (nearly) cleaving it into 4 separate sheets leads to an interesting design dilemma: When the join is in the centre of the sheet, you can join wings, tails or I suppose beaks together. When the joins are at the edges of the sheet, you could join wings, beaks or tails but […]

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