Browsing the internet, as you do, I came upon a chance find of an amazing archive of pages from what is thought to be the oldest Origami book published – “Hiden Senbazuru Orikata (The Secret of One Thousand Cranes Origami)”, first published in 1797: Looks like i have a new project, making Tsuru (traditional Cranes) […]
I am on constant awe of folders from the Vietnamese Origami Group (VOG): Hoang Trung Thanh’s Eagle 3.5 is an astonishing and dense fold that really tests patience, accuracy and paper but the result, even this partially incomplete rendition is lovely.
I was asked if I could make a flock of birds designed to be attached to fishing line on the end of poles that seem to fly: I remember a “seagull” by Toyoaki Kawai, in an old book I had so based a fold around that basic form.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]