800: (250/365) Yara Yagi’s “Menaca”

Posted by wonko on September 7, 2017 in 365-2017, flower |

800 new models … let that sink in … 800 things I had not folded before – wow, just wow:

I was looking around, as I do, for a model to fold today, I noticed on Fakebook that Winnie Leung from The Sydney Origami Group shared this photo-diagrammed model. Read more…

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799: (249/365) Turning over a New Leaf

Posted by wonko on September 6, 2017 in 365-2017, plant |

…shows you the underside of that leaf, really:

This is Naomiki Sato’s “leaf”, a lovely green thing that is destined to be attached to stems holding up flowers. Read more…

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798: (248/365) The Elephant In The Room

Posted by wonko on September 6, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, mammal, wtf |

In a fit of elephantine existentialism, one must ask an important question: “What makes a good Origami Elephant?”:

This is Paul Jackson’s “One Fold Elephant” – is it a good elephant and how would we know? What are ESSENTIAL characteristics that a model should have to be considered elephantine? Obvious characteristics of an elephant (well, for anyone who has ever actually seen one) could include discernible TRUNK, big(ish) flappy EARS and a big solid BODY. We could visually recognise an elephant with way less information than that so why do we require mind-popping details implicit in super-complex paper renderings of elephants when something much simpler does the job.

Purists would argue that all origami is, in essence, figurative representations of real objects. Thereby origami models are in effect are so many levels of abstraction from the real thing that there are no valid metrics that apply the the “goodnicity” of the rendering. Read more…

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797: (247/365) Brill’s Triangle Box

Posted by wonko on September 4, 2017 in 365-2017, boxes |

Time is short, this fold is cute:

A rather lovely triangle box designed for David Brill’s wedge flexicube. Read more…

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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 makes the frame with 4 bits of paper and then you put in other paper inserts into frames formed on each side of a contrasting colour/texture. Read more…

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795: (245/365) Tessellated Fractal

Posted by wonko on September 2, 2017 in 365-2017 |

Further exploring Shuzo Fujimoto’s “Hydrangea” fractal, it seems they can also be tessellated:

This is a 4x fold, but I have seen many many more, closer together also, interweaving and other mind-boggling combinations.

This fold has taken an age – started 4 days ago, finished yesterday (I had already decided on the spring shoot for yesterday’s fold) it is a lovely frame. Read more…

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794: (244/365) From little things, big things grow

Posted by wonko on September 1, 2017 in 365-2017, nature, plant |

September 1 is often trotted out as the first day of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere:

Purists will argue that the spring equinox is not until the 21st of September, but with the climate as it is, it has felt like spring for weeks now in Brisbane. Read more…

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793: (243/365) Jun Maekawa’s Tetra tetra

Posted by wonko on August 31, 2017 in 365-2017, geometry |

Looking for today’s fold, I returned to a collection of bookmarked models from my growing collection of Tanteidan magazines:

Made of 4 tetrahedral modules, each with deep tabs along a pair of adjacent sides, you then fold a pair of interlocking preliminary bases as the core. Read more…

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792: (242/365) Fractal Folding

Posted by wonko on August 30, 2017 in 365-2017, Crease Pattern, geometry |

Speaking of fractals, as I was (well, kinda sorta) I realised I had never tried the Fujimoto Hydrangea fold before:

This is an interesting thing, with each iteration folded inside the previous – in theory you can keep folding this infinitely. In reality the tryanny of paper thickness and fat clumsy fingers stops you. Read more…

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Folding Lightbox

Posted by wonko on August 29, 2017 in blarg |

I have long struggled to take photos of my origami – lighting and composing do not come easily to me. Some of my best pictures are happy coincidences of good lighting, good camera position and a lot of luck:

I have been on the look out for a way to construct a Light Box – something that diffuses light (to remove deep shadows) and provide me with a consistent background (you have probably noticed most of my folds are on dark timber because … well … that is my work surface.

I saw on Fakebook an advert for a folding lightbox with built-in LEDs, the price seemed reasonable, so I ordered one. 5 weeks later (after despair and 2 increasingly beligerent emails to the company) it arrived and I am chuffed with it.

It comes with a USB cable, 2 backgrounds (white or black) and joy of joys it’s own carry bag that it folds up neatly into. Cool. Experiments ahead 🙂

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