There are lots of origami tigers – few actually look like tigers – you know, the stripey thing. This model is radically different: Using a HUGE square (I hand-made a large piece of double tissue – black and yellow), you start with a birdbase, then torture the paper for 2 days to create a pleated […]
After re-subscribing to JOAS, in record time my back-issues of the Tanteidan magazine arrived and along with one of them, a really challenging diagram: About 170 steps, extreme paper torture and, as a project, something truly terrifying but I knew I needed to try it.
Assignment time can sometimes be boring for a teacher, especially when kids are beavering away independently: This is a tessellation I have not tried before. Based on a square grid, diagonal squares rotate 45 degrees to lie flat again, causing pleat ripples that are cancelled out by adjacent twists – clever.
Now I for one like stellated geometry – taking regular solids and adding pointy things is very satisfying: The pointy things on this solid are rhomboid – so not strictly regular pyramidal but 4-sided none the less.
When friends travel, often they find lovely small bits of Washi. Packs of this are full of a myriad of lovely traditional prints, rich colours often embossed and overlayed with gold. The tricksey bit is to work out what to do with it – given it’s size and often the overpowering beauty of the design.