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658: (108/365) Yoshizawa’s Goldfish

Posted by wonko on April 18, 2017 in 365-2017, fish |

Few origami masters did more for modern origami than Yoshizawa Sensei: With delightfully few folds, his models evoke shapes, creatures and personalities.

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354: Should have bought a Squirrel

Posted by wonko on December 20, 2011 in mammal |

One of my wife’s favourite movies is a comedy called “Rat Race”, the title of today’s model is one of the “morals” of that cautionary tale: Akira Yoshizawa is credited as being the father of artistic origami – he also invented the diagramming language we all follow now. This is his squirrel – a lovely […]

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257: Yoshizawa’s Snail

Posted by wonko on September 14, 2011 in creepy crawly |

Exploring the wealth of designs Akira Yoshizawa left us with, I sumbled across this delightful snail: Simple yet the very essence of the critter – much modelling potential also, as the shell could be coiled, the foot textured etc. Sometimes simple is necessary – busy day, lots of other folding going on, you get that.

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256: Don’t Taze Me Bro

Posted by wonko on September 13, 2011 in humanoid |

Akira Yoshizawa continues to surprise and delight – his folds are simple, elegant and have much modelling potential: This is one of a series of person studies, and is a novel use of the frog base. Busy day, lots to do, much being put off, you get that.

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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 […]

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193: Yoshizawa’s Bat

Posted by wonko on July 12, 2011 in mammal |

There is great beauty in simplicity sometimes: With relatively few folds, few landmarks, you form the suggestion of character as much by what you leave out as what you fold in – I like this model a lot. Lovely ears and expressive wings that are posable, lovely fat tummy makes this little model a gem. […]

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192: Yoshizawa’s Frog

Posted by wonko on July 11, 2011 in reptile |

There is great skill in using few folds to suggest the form of a complex creature – few mastered it like Akira Yoshizawa: I like this fold – deceptively simple, most folds are made without landmarks (ie. you use¬†judgment¬†and “eye” to work out where to fold) and the resultant form is simple yet charming. I […]

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190: Yoshizawa’s Sumo

Posted by wonko on July 9, 2011 in humanoid |

Considered by most to be the “father of modern origami“, Akira Yoshizawa created many artistic models and invented the system of diagramming we now use as standard. He also, it seems had a wonderful sense of humour: This model is as much a character study as a comment on Japanese society, and I must admit […]

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