One approach to paper folding starts with a “base” – a form with flaps and general morphology that suits an end goal.
A well-designed base is a thing of beauty, and a flexible tool.
This base, a mutated fish base has really useful properties as demonstrated by these two wildly different folds, both designed by Jose Ma Chaquet from Spain.
In one case, we have a surfer – a quite nicely proportioned person atop a surfboard.
The sense of volume and posability here is neat – must fold this again with foil-backed paper.
Using the same starting point, we arrive at something completely different: an old-school digger.
By manipulating thickness and placement of flaps, we arrive at a seemingly unrelated folds.