Origami seems to be the new Materials Engineering black, being considered a contemporary alternative approach to fabrication and structure: I was reading an article on deploying large solar arrays in space. This problem is not unique – everything taken into space must be small at launch so it can fit in a rocket.
This time of year I add marks to student work: I want to pretend it is a life-giving activity for me, the teacher.
So I was on the phone to my mum, as you do, and she asked if I could make Scotch Thistles out of origami:
Voting is something democratic societies hold as an important right. Some counties have compulsory voting, most allow citizens to choose whether they want to vote – all too often the result is the same – groups of opinionated, empty-headed people are elected to represent the views of the common people. Anyone who knows me, realises […]
After some fiddling, and diagramming (hopefully for the Sydney Folders Convention book) I am happy with the component parts of this original model: The sock and buskin are two ancient symbols of comedy and tragedy. In Greek theatre, actors in tragic roles wore a boot called a buskin (Latin cothurnus) that elevated them above the […]
I was recently asked how I folded my Segway model because someone wanted one. I was loathed to part with my original and to be honest I had no idea, I just folded it, so decided to revisit the model (which seems unique in the origami community) and see if it can be methodologised: Originally I […]
Faces are things we humans are born to recognise. We see them everywhere, we can recognise them with the barest of visual clues: Apparently even magpies do facial recognition, remembering the dive-bombing victim and their seeming boundary transgressions for years. I am interested in the structure of faces, particularly how little paper manipulation is necessary […]
I was asked if I could make a flock of birds designed to be attached to fishing line on the end of poles that seem to fly: I remember a “seagull” by Toyoaki Kawai, in an old book I had so based a fold around that basic form.
…so I am a teacher, and I teach senior students: I have, on occasions, joked about how cool it would be to own a Segway – my classes are physically far apart and getting between campuses takes time, hence the idea that a PTD (personal transport device) would be cool. I _never_ in my wildest […]
I am currently learning how to fold Satoshi Kamiya’s Ryu Jin 3.5. As part of that fold, “waterbomb tesselation” scales are made and shaped. I need practice so I am looking for scaley applications of this technique. I remember ages ago folding Davor Vinko’s catfish and seeing a video by Jo Nakashima on how to incorporate […]