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The Gardener

Posted by wonko on July 16, 2016 in blarg, humanoid |

People with “green thumbs” are a treasure to behold. As someone with a not-quite-green, more of a dirty yellow thumb I am in awe of people who delight in growing things. Our College gardener/groundsman John has retired, while I am as jealous as anything, I know he will have a fabulous time. Ever friendly, it […]

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The Teacher

Posted by wonko on June 22, 2016 in humanoid |

Luds is taking some leave, we all wish him well. I was approached to see if I could come up with some bent paper as an ooroo gift – this is what I ended up with: In this shadowbox, we see our favourite “bad santa” clutching a Chemistry book, in front of his beloved Electronic White […]

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531: Joisel’s Horse Head

Posted by wonko on May 15, 2016 in animal, blarg, geometry, mammal |

Many beauties reside in Eric Joisel’s folding legacy, most have no hints as to how he achieved them. The “Horse Head” design exists as an obscured crease pattern from his original notes: A friend of this blog (Hi Jean-Baptiste!) offered his interpretation of the crease pattern and invited me to try folding it as he was […]

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528: Joisel’s Pangolin

Posted by wonko on May 2, 2016 in animal, blarg, geometry, mammal, paper |

Few Origami models reach Iconic status, few have the charm and grace of Eric Joisel’s Pangolin. I thought I would have a go at this fold: Based, in part, on a field of diagonal graduated pleats that are “popped” into scaley plates, shaped simply to suggest tail, head and feet, his folds have a unique […]

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Joisel in Memoriam

Posted by wonko on October 19, 2015 in blarg, humanoid |

On the 10th of October, 2010, the origami world lost a living treasure and master of the art of Origami – Monsieur Eric Joisel. To “breathe life into paper” is something I am inspired to do as a DIRECT reaction and influence of his work. To think more about the art and less about the technique […]

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477: Rooster

Posted by wonko on June 29, 2014 in bird |

I want an origami rooster (in red) to live somewhere in our new kitchen, so set about exploring rooster form with a pair of masters and their individual approaches to rooster form: I “warmed up” with an Eric Joisel “Le Coq” – a fold I had tried years ago and not really mastered so I […]

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456: L’essence d’un escargot

Posted by wonko on September 17, 2013 in animal, creepy crawly |

I was exploring a corrugation technique I last used with Eric Joisel’s Bandoneon and stumbled across a sort of plan to fold Joisel’s Snail: You start with an extraordinarily long (my estimate – 3.25m) and narrow (in my model 9cm) strip of paper, then start folding slanted lines (using a 3:1 gradient) in both directions

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404: Joisel’s Bandonéon

Posted by wonko on September 2, 2012 in blarg, domestic, geometry, machine |

I first noticed this lovely little fold nestled amongst the masterpiece that is Eric Joisel’s Musicians, and decided that i must try to work out how to make it: Now the “purists” amongst you will recognise this as a “Concertina”, but that is splitting hairs, given a “Bandonéon” is square, this is clearly hexagonal, but I digress. […]

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401: Spike the Echidna

Posted by wonko on August 16, 2012 in mammal |

Ladies and Gentleffolke, may I introduce to you Ms Thelma Tiggywinkle – Eric Joisel’s Adult Echidna: I had folded Eric Joisel’s “Baby Hedgehog” early last year and noticed as part of the instructions that a scaled up version (9 ranks of quills instead of 5, based on 32ths instead of 16ths) would result in a […]

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394: Fagus “Scruffy” Poplar

Posted by wonko on June 1, 2012 in humanoid |

Ladies and gentleffolk, may I introduce to you Master Fagus Poplar, Scruffy to his friends: this little chap is but 20cm tall, toes to tip of hat and is quite lovely, in the eyes of the folder. Folded, from memory, trying a new technique for coat, shoulders, hat and arms, I quite like the fact […]

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