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938: Angelfish by John Montroll

Posted by wonko on October 5, 2018 in fish |

As a member of Origami USA, I get access to publications, diagrams and a community of folders world wide. It and JOAS are important communities for folders from Oz as we are so far (physically) from everywhere: Every year, OUSA decorate a Christmas Tree at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. members […]

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936: Naomiki Sato’s Hummingbirds

Posted by wonko on October 1, 2018 in bird |

Cruising around on Fakebook, as one does, I can across a photodiagram series from Naomiki Sato: Lovely little hummingbirds, folded from 15cm square patterned paper, from bird bases. I discovered he published a variation also, so thought I could give that a try. I think I like the wider tail one better, but they are […]

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933: David Brill’s “Robin”

Posted by wonko on August 11, 2018 in bird |

I have been a fan of David Brill’s designs ever since I read his book “Brilliant Origami”. Such a lovely touch, breathing life into paper: This Robin is delightful – I saw hand-drawn diagrams on David’s website and then professionally drawn diagrams in the latest Tanteidan Magazine and knew I needed to try it. I […]

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932: Clever Girl

Posted by wonko on August 2, 2018 in dinosaur |

In a classic scene from the first Jurassic Park movie, a hunter realises he has just been surrounded by hungry, angry velociraptors, and utters the words “clever girl” before being ripped to shreds: This delightful mode is really simple to fold, and belongs to that stable of models whose proportions are perfect, detail is sufficient, […]

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931: Sipho Mabona’s Fugu

Posted by wonko on July 29, 2018 in fish |

I have had this model on my “to do” list for ages – I had shied away from it because of what I perceived was a brutal precreasing sequence and impossible collapse: That said, with a little large scale and some accurate pre-forming, the laying of the corrugations was fairly straightforward – all based on […]

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930: Ground Control to Major Tom …

Posted by wonko on July 11, 2018 in humanoid, paper, scifi |

…take your protein pills and put your helmet on. I have waited an age to fold this model – I was waiting on finding some large format duo paper. When visiting IKEA, I came upon delicious 70cm wide rolls of duo Kraft paper (black on natural and white on natural), and bought a bunch of […]

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927: It’s All About the Base

Posted by wonko on June 25, 2018 in humanoid, machine, vehicle |

One approach to paper folding starts with a “base” – a form with flaps and general morphology that suits an end goal. A well-designed base is a thing of beauty, and a flexible tool. This base, a mutated fish base has really useful properties as demonstrated by these two wildly different folds, both designed by […]

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926: Tiger, tiger, burning bright

Posted by wonko on June 21, 2018 in animal, mammal |

There are lots of origami tigers – few actually look like tigers – you know, the stripey thing. This model is radically different: Using a HUGE square (I hand-made a large piece of double tissue – black and yellow), you start with a birdbase, then torture the paper for 2 days to create a pleated […]

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925: Crouching Dragon

Posted by wonko on June 10, 2018 in dinosaur, fantasy, reptile |

Origami dragons and wyverns seem to be a bit of a “holy grail”, with the more complex gaining almost mythic reputations for breaking folders spirits when they attempt them: I came upon the diagrams for this charming model shared on fakebook, and it took a moment to hunt down the designer – Shaku on Flickr.

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924: Crawler Excavator (aka. A Diggosaur )

Posted by wonko on May 27, 2018 in machine, vehicle |

Often Origami books are organised such that the simpler models are at the front, more challenging folds towards the back. “Origami Pro 3 – Machine Origami” by members of the Korean Origami Association is organised such and this model was the last one, designed by Jang Yong Ik: Starting with a 60cm square of thin […]

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