223: Yoshizawa’s Monkey

Posted by wonko on August 11, 2011 in mammal |

I like a figurative compound model, and when it is designed by a master like Akira Yoshizawa then it feels like a privilege to fold it:

This is one of his monkeys, in two pieces – I love the pose, the simple but expressive face, posture and all – very clever.

Made with 2 bird bases, then each part diverging in method yet strangely symmetric, coalescing into a top and tail that then slots together.

This is a lot like the more complex “swivel monkey” which I will torture myself with later, for my first fold I am happy with this result. Taken from “Creative Origami”, a masterwork entirely in Japanese, most models have no landmarks, you fold them by eye, making each fold unique and allowing the folder to add their own character – nice.

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