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Sign of Peace

Posted by wonko on September 18, 2014 in bird |

The international sign of Peace is a Dove holding an olive branch in its beak The world could use a little peace. As part of our student end of term send-off, our littlest students (year 5) had prepared origami(ish) doves with messages of peace, to be sent to places where the wishes will be appreciated.

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477: Rooster

Posted by wonko on June 29, 2014 in bird |

I want an origami rooster (in red) to live somewhere in our new kitchen, so set about exploring rooster form with a pair of masters and their individual approaches to rooster form: I “warmed up” with an Eric Joisel “Le Coq” – a fold I had tried years ago and not really mastered so I […]

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466: Hedwig the Wet-Fold Owl

Posted by wonko on January 16, 2014 in bird, blarg, paper |

Exploring my new VOG2 book, there are many lovely things to try but this model uses a method I have not been brave enough to try until now – wet folding. The idea is to take heavy paper, too thick to fold conventionally (it would crack, split and otherwise be finger-bruisingly impossible to sculpt) and […]

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Hideo Komatsu’s Owl

Posted by wonko on November 9, 2013 in bird |

You find wisdom and counsel is the most unexpected of places, people can be wise beyond their years and offer you more support and encourage than they realise. I was asked to fold an owl, simultaneously, for two completely different purposes. (1) A good mate wanted to give an Owl to someone who had helped […]

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435: Satoshi’s Phoenix 3.5

Posted by wonko on February 26, 2013 in bird, fantasy |

There are a number of models in the origami world I see as “legendary” – the Phoenix (version 3.5) is one of those: When I bought Satoshi Kamiya’s works book volume 2 I knew I would one day put myself up against this challenge, I also knew it would take me a while to master […]

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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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425: Dancing Crane

Posted by wonko on January 1, 2013 in bird |

I first saw a pair of these lovely things, folded in white, clearly dancing to impress each other and put it on my list of must try models by Robert Lang: A lazy afternoon over the Christmas break, I took a 60cm sq or brown Kraft paper and, over cups of tea, mince pies and […]

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MC by any other name

Posted by wonko on December 31, 2012 in bird, blarg |

A tool in many origamist’s toolbox is a goopy substance called “Methyl Cellulose” (MC) – it is a chemical that is used as a size (keeps paper crisp/stiff), gelling agent (it is the stuff that makes KY Jelly so slimy – no kids, that is NOT a new aeroplane flavour) and there is even a […]

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408: Buckbeak the Hippogriff

Posted by wonko on September 29, 2012 in animal, bird, fantasy, mammal |

I will say it, I am an out and proud Harry Potter fan. Amongst the fantastical beasts that exist in the potterverse is a Hippogriff: Manuel Sirgo is a talented designer and this is a masterful use of (an albeit fraking huge bit) paper. I am so glad I started large (45cmsquare brown kraft) as some of […]

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369: A Wren

Posted by wonko on January 7, 2012 in bird |

Took a leisurely walk through some rainforest and noticed these perfect blue wrens, flitting from trunk to vine: Exploring a new book called Origami Essence by Roman Diaz, this little beauty was amongst the models I have decided to try. I like the “wrenny”ness of this model. Some lovely techniques here for this keeper of […]

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