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855: (305/365) White Rabbits!

Posted by wonko on November 1, 2017 in 365-2017, mammal |

As is customary on the first day of a new month, we say “white rabbits!”: This is an old design, and I am not sure i have the shaping quite right yet. Akira Yoshizawa is credited as founding modern Origami and this is one of his designs.

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747: (197/365) Root Veg

Posted by wonko on July 16, 2017 in 365-2017, plant |

Winter is for hearty food, stews and seasonal root veg: With such open food importing and trade however we see every vegetable and fruit available all year round. Peru grows my Asparagus, Venezuela exports my Fennel and China supplies my Carrots at the moment.

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746: (196/365) Fairly Bloody Long Walk

Posted by wonko on July 15, 2017 in 365-2017, humanoid, wtf |

My lovely daughter walked for charity last year and I was so proud of her (secretly regretting not doing it with her). This year, the same walk is on offer at, thankfully, at a much cooler time of year so we are both walking “The Bloody Long Walk” in early August: Today, as part of […]

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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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