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303: Llopio’s Moment of Truth

Posted by wonko on October 30, 2011 in humanoid, mammal |

The croud erupts spontaneously with “Olé!” as Llopio narrowly dodges the bull calf’s first charge. His grandfather’s matador cap, too loose for him, slips and obscures his vision, there is an amateur swish of a cape as the bull’s developing horns pass too close for comfort, quick step out of the way and Llopio is finally a […]

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302: Pereira’s Jack In The Box

Posted by wonko on October 29, 2011 in boxes, humanoid |

If you were ever after proof that “magic happens”, here’s your proof: This masterpiece of design by Hugo Pereira is a Jack-in-a-box, complete. those who have been keeping up with this blog will remember a previous Jack in the Box by Max Hulme and I must admit I like this one better. The design engineering […]

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298: Violinist

Posted by wonko on October 25, 2011 in humanoid |

When I saw this design I knew I had to try it: Made, oddly, from a “T”-shaped box pleat, designed by Neal Elias in 1971 to celebrate the then popular violinist Yehudi Menuhin, this is a masterpiece of miniature modelling. We have a violin perched on a shoulder, being held by that hand, a bow […]

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297: Taxi!

Posted by wonko on October 24, 2011 in humanoid, vehicle |

In old Chinatown, when someone wanted to travel in style, they hailed a “coolie” pulling a rickshaw: This picture was common in days gone by, these days the hustle and bustle of bicycles, motorbikes and tuk-tuks has replaced the hard work. This is Neal Elias’ “Coolie and Rickshaw”, designed in1967. An ingenious box pleat using a square and […]

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296: Pas de Deux

Posted by wonko on October 23, 2011 in humanoid |

In ballet, a pas de deux (French, steps of two) is a duet in which ballet dancers perform the dance together. It usually consists of an entrée, adagio, two variations (one for each dancer), and a coda: In origami, few designers have mastered multiple figure folding like Neal Elias – this is his “Nureyev and […]

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289: Satoshi’s Mammoth

Posted by wonko on October 16, 2011 in dinosaur, mammal |

I decided today would be another Satoshi Kamiya model (working my way up to the ancient dragon you see) and so selected his Mammoth, figuring “how hard could that be?”: LOL Wow, no I mean WOW! So much technique packed into such a tiny package, resulting in a lovely little pachyderm. There is much to […]

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282: Skillman’s Chair

Posted by wonko on October 9, 2011 in furniture |

Now I freely admit as a kid I was an origami wimp – seeing complicated folds of this “comfy chair” and running a mile, or half-ass trying them, crumpling the paper and sulking. This fold, by Jack Skillman, seemed too hard way back then so I never tried it: As it turns out, the only […]

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281: The Jester

Posted by wonko on October 8, 2011 in humanoid |

Throughout history, people have acted “the fool” for many and varied reasons. In medieval court, Jesters acted the fool in a bid for self-preservation and increased favour: All too often the jester is actually pretty bright, but uses that intelligence to work out ways of appearing foolish, doing comically silly things and overtly hiding in plain sight. […]

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270: False Teeth

Posted by wonko on September 27, 2011 in domestic, geometry |

Anyone who knows me realizes the terror I experience when visiting the dentist: Don’t get me wrong, our dentist is awesome, and very aware that I have an irrational fear that I cannot control when being worked on. A red frog (chewy lolly) was the latest culprit, taking away most of a huge filling on […]

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259: Stag

Posted by wonko on September 16, 2011 in mammal |

Barbz asked me to make a deer, I decided to look for a stag (antlers etc) and found one by Neal Elias: I like this model – out of a severe box pleat a fairly graceful body, legs and head with lovely ears and antlers emerges. This was a tough fold – the thicknesses near […]

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