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917: Triangular Mouse

Posted by wonko on January 10, 2018 in geometry, mammal |

It is a little known fact that mice used to originally be triangular – the closer to a right angle triangle, the more genetically successful apparently*:

This charming model is designed by Makoto Yamaguchi, a quirky fold that I found when browsing Tanteidan 106. Read more…

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916: Zhen Xian Bao (Traditional Chinese Thread and Needle Book)

Posted by wonko on January 7, 2018 in boxes, domestic, geometry, Traditional |

Interestingly, paper folding developed independently in most countries that made paper. In China, traditional folding included objects like this:

This is a modern interpretation of a Zhen Xian Bao – a traditional thread case. Even cursory research on teh interwebs reveals astonishing combinations of these little compartments, nested in other compartments.

This fold was designed by Paula Versnick, and has 7 separate compartments of varying size, that all lock together into a charming little book. Read more…

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18 things I learned from the 2017 365 Challenge

Posted by wonko on December 31, 2017 in 365-2017, blarg |

People think a 365 challenge is all beer and skittles, well there was a number of things I learned this time through that might be worthy of reflection.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CfJilbZ0JQZzDvte8aF6CoEKgfTOZP97QJxIe7F-6f4/edit?usp=sharing

What follows is a lengthy rant, strap yourself in if you are game: Read more…

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915: (365/365) Chris K Palmer’s “Flower Tower”

Posted by wonko on December 31, 2017 in 365-2017, Crease Pattern, flower, geometry |

I have a long and terrifying “fold me” list of models I will one day get around to – this was on it:

An excruciating fractal tessellation that eats paper like few other folds, based on spiral collapses of a dodecagon that then gets turned inside out to make the next level to collapse.

The unfold and re-collapse stages (I did 3, but theoretically could keep going getting smaller and smaller) looks like it is going to hell in a handbasket, then it sort of just sorts itself out in a magic sort of way. Read more…

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914: (364/365) Cartoon Rabbit

Posted by wonko on December 30, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, fantasy, mammal |

Riccardo Foschi has a magic sense of design in his models, and this cartoon rabbit is a real charmer:

As an exercise in box pleating, this model takes a 12 x 24 square grid and, via a. Are fully designed collapse teases arms, legs, tummy and detailed head while providing enough paper to model those features in a fun way. Read more…

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913: (363/365) When you wish upon a Star …

Posted by wonko on December 29, 2017 in 365-2017, creepy crawly |

So when I asked for suggestions on what to fold, Janet suggested a Starfish which prompted me to try Riccardo Foschi’s model:

Made from a pentagon, a lovely little fold that has some charming qualities. Read more…

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912: (362/365) Abandon Ship!

Posted by wonko on December 28, 2017 in 365-2017, domestic, vehicle |

As the year 2017 swiftly comes to an end, after seemingly being in a hurry to do so all year, it is almost time to abandon ship:

Time for one last waltz, one more visit to the buffet, perhaps a cigar on the poop deck then it is lifejackets on and over the side into the icy uncertainty of the new year. Read more…

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911: (361/365) Tiny Teddy

Posted by wonko on December 27, 2017 in 365-2017, mammal |

There are many bears out there in the origami design community, and I have folded most of them:

This is Robyn Glynn’s “Teddy”, a charming bi-color fold that looks cuddly and seems quite poseable. Read more…

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910: (360/365) After Christmas Sales

Posted by wonko on December 26, 2017 in 365-2017, boxes, domestic |

Retailers really have a nerve when you think about it. Right up to Christmas they hike up their prices. We dutiful drones pay top dollar for loot which we wrap and give away. Come “Boxing Day” prices plummet in almost obscene ways and it can get hectic as people clamber for bargains:

We went early, with a list and an idea of what we would regularly pay for the items on that list. In, bought (from the then still full shelves and racks), and out again in an hour and a half – this is the stuff of legends. Read more…

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909: (359/365) The Real Present is your Presence

Posted by wonko on December 25, 2017 in 365-2017, boxes, geometry |

Christmas is many things to many people. For me it is another chance to get together with family and catch up over a shared feast:

I hope that wherever you find yourself, you stay safe and look after each other, share some joy, love, hugs and laughter. Merry Christmas, ho ho ho and all that humbug. Read more…

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