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796: (246/365) Japanese Andon Lamp

Posted by wonko on September 3, 2017 in 365-2017, furniture, Traditional |

Paper is an amazing thing. In Japanese culture, for centuries, walls and furnishings were made from timber and Washi (hand-made Kozo fibre paper). Candle-driven laps made of paper (counter-intuitively) are still common, this is an Andon Lamp: There are 2 versions of this – one that uses 4 squares (this one) and another minor variation […]

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761: (211/365) Spirit House

Posted by wonko on July 30, 2017 in 365-2017, domestic, Traditional |

When I went to Japan in the early Noughties, I loved so much of the culture I encountered in the everyday. On my return I decided our house deserved a “Spirit House”. The principle is simple, it guards our front door, traps the bad spirits from entering and amplifies the good: Since it’s install, it […]

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750: (200/365) Triple Tsuru

Posted by wonko on July 20, 2017 in 365-2017, Traditional |

Continuing the exploration of Hiden Senbazuru Orikata, this is the “triple tsusu”: Folded from a partly separated 2×2 grid of squares, with one set of adjacent sheets living inside each other to make an interconnected chain of 3 Tsuru.

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732: (182/365) With this Ring …

Posted by wonko on July 1, 2017 in 365-2017, flower, Traditional |

Michael and Jane invited us to celebrate their wedding today: We were happy to attend a lovely service at the Chapel at my work (a workplace for both in times gone past). The bride was beautiful, the groom as well. Lovely service with a reception to follow later this afternoon.

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723: (173/365) Feathered Tsuru

Posted by wonko on June 22, 2017 in 365-2017, bird, Crease Pattern, Traditional |

Few would argue that the Tsuru (crane) is the quintessential origami figure. Everybody starts there, the form is so familiar and the skills necessary to fold it form the backbone of so many models: While I have tried many variations of this model, few compare to Riccardo Foschi’s “feathered Tsuru”, a glorious and complex variation […]

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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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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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536: Double Tsuru (2)

Posted by wonko on June 18, 2016 in bird, Traditional, wtf |

Joined at the wing, this pair of Tsuru (traditional Cranes) was folded from a single sheet split nearly in half: Taken from “Hiden Senbazuru Orikata (The Secret of One Thousand Cranes Origami)” published in 1797. It is part of a series I hope to tackle… The trick is to not tear it as you fold […]

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