798: (248/365) The Elephant In The Room

Posted by wonko on September 6, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, mammal, wtf |

In a fit of elephantine existentialism, one must ask an important question: “What makes a good Origami Elephant?”: This is Paul Jackson’s “One Fold Elephant” – is it a good elephant and how would we know? What are ESSENTIAL characteristics that a model should have to be considered elephantine? Obvious characteristics of an elephant (well, for […]

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591: (41/360) Miura Ori Fold

Posted by wonko on February 10, 2017 in 365-2017, Crease Pattern, geometry |

Paper-influenced materials engineering has gained incredible momentum in the last few years as ancient and modern folding techniques get applied to modern materials: The Miura Ori fold is a fascinating corrugation that takes large flat surfaces, divides them up into “shallow” parallelograms, re-arranges the creases into alternate rows of mountain and valley across the folded […]

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504: Coxless Four

Posted by wonko on September 5, 2015 in humanoid, vehicle |

Rowing is huge at my school – a veritable machine that hundreds of kids get very passionate about, a gear-fest like few others: Seems the purpose of the sport is to put boys in lycra, sitting atop tiny fiberglass shells, armed with a paddle rowing furiously backwards across vast distances of water. The competitive nature […]

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Totoro Kit

Posted by wonko on June 28, 2015 in fantasy, wtf |

Sensei Cassidy was lurking, she did not want to impose, but she was carrying some origami-related paraphernalia and … well … origami: She had this kit, based on Totoro (apparently a cult Anime film/ character/ universe/ thing), with some pre-printed paper and instruction sheet on how to assemble. Initially I thought it wold be a […]

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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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447: Black Forest Cuckoo Clock

Posted by wonko on August 3, 2013 in furniture, geometry, machine |

In need of some therapy, and with my procrastinator set on FULL, I embarked on a punishing box-pleating exercise: I remember as a kid in New Zealand we had a cheezy Cuckoo Clock (Mum loved it) that used to have metal pinecones as counterweights and a faux timber case that used to “cuckoo” and scare […]

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364: SNOWY!

Posted by wonko on December 30, 2011 in mammal |

When I was a kid, my parents gave me Tintin Annuals to read – the adventures of a young ginger and his dog Snowy: I must admit I have fond memories for the adventures of Tintin, and had clear ideas in my mind of what Captain Haddock, Thompson and Thompson and Professor Cuthbert Calculus were […]

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Domestic Origami

Posted by wonko on February 13, 2011 in domestic |

Now I like to cook – well in truth I like to eat but in order to eat you have to cook – right? Origami is useful in domestic science – when, for instance you are considering a luscious, sticky, dense brownie (thank you USA for the concept of a brownie) then unless you do […]

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1: Peacock

Posted by wonko on January 7, 2011 in bird |

One sheet of paper, rectangle 2×1, folded prior to this project started but the inspiration for it so it is a fitting first I like this model as the tail is fully articulated – it stands up as a display for the male peacock. Folded during a particularly boring exam supervision (whilst still being vigilant)

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