Flipping through “Bugs and Birds in Origami” by John Montroll one gains an appreciation for the clear design skills on show:
This is Montroll’s “Butterfly” – published in 2001, representing ‘old school’ design, the resultant model is lovely, efficiently uses paper and is morphologically pretty accurate – all this without the hundreds of instructions typical of more modern designs.
Folded from a 30cm square of Daiso unryu (do they still make this? i have not been able to buy it for years), the work to isolate legs and antennae is delicious (if requiring precision) folding, and overall is a fun sequence minimally diagrammed.
There are a few other bugs in this book worthy of consideration as doing genuinely innovative things to achieve point isolation – must give them a bend. One thing I have noticed is these designs do not really cater for the medium – that is, impossibly thin paper makes these folds possible with accuracy – thicker paper pushes out landmarks and layers in ugly and difficult to control ways – a curse of many modern super complex designs.
Happy with this flutterby however.