Sunday, October 07, 2063


Update 3/9/2014 10:38

Caricature by Lar DeSouza
I'm finally updating the welcome post which is only able to sit at the top of this dated blog because it's post-posted 49 years into the future.  The last update was 7 years ago.

When I first began this blog back in late 2004, It was for the purpose of hosting videos documenting the Westcoast Origami Guild- I believe the longest, most established origami folding group in the greater LA area.

Since that time, Have Paper Will Travel has evolved.  It's more an aggregate blog for all sorts of origami and origami-related items floating around out there that I find interesting; and which I may think readers and followers out there might also find of interest.

There is so much content on the internet these days, it's hard to follow it all.  

My sidebar is one of the largest collections of origami-content links in one place.  FYI, it gets updated periodically with new links as I find them.  I should alert readers whenever I add something new, but haven't been (yet).  If you'd like your site or photo album linked and don't see it in the sidebar (check around very carefully and under the proper category), just let me know.  There are sooooo many photo albums out there (it seems almost every folder on the planet has one), I could spend all day collecting up links and still have more to go.

 I'd like to do what I can to expand the audience and draw more attention to noteworthy sites and folders; to bring more exposure to the art and science of paperfolding; and to bring more people into "the fold".

  There are so many great folders out there on the level of well-known luminaries like Satoshi Kamiya, Brian Chan, and Robert Lang.  I think this especially began to happen after Dr. Lang published "Origami Design Secrets", which I've still not taken the time to sit down and study (let alone fold much from). 

Anyway, thanks to everyone who comes by and takes something of usefulness away from here.  Feel free to drop in a comment for any suggestions.  

I realize that those viewing on mobile devices may have a difficult time reading the lighter colored font.  I still do not like the background layout of what blogger did to this blog and may eventually update the layout again when I have the time and energy to research into it.  In the meantime....


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Shafer's Attacking Cobra

Fun-looking model.  I have the book, but haven't really gone through it.  This video makes me want to fold lots of them:

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Origami Gymnast on PBars

Gymnast on Pbars
Designed by Luigi Leonardi (Italy)
Folded by Michael Sanders
Diagram source: OUSA Convention book '95

Self-Folded Man

 Self-Made Man
Created by Eric Joisel
Folded by Michael Sanders
80 x 48 cm elephant hide

I first folded this model from CP over 4 years ago, always meaning to do it again out of nice paper.

While figuring out models to teach at the Matsuri workshop a couple of weekends ago, Patricia Grodner brought up the Self-Folded Man. 

Well, since the time that I had folded, Alexander Kurth has since come out with a tutorial.  So while I was in my hotel room at 2 in the AM, having just arrived 2 hours earlier, I decided to look at the video and start folding one.


A couple of days ago, I went back and finished the model; pretty much did my final shaping on it yesterday.

Dancing Paper

Hat tip:  Ric Monty

Monday, March 02, 2015

March Madness at Marti's

Photo credit:  Hisako Tanji

The first Sunday fell on the first.

I brought along with me, the two living legends, Yami and Joe.  We also had a special guest, Rosemary Browne visiting from Canada.

Rosemary meeting Yami for the first time

I also had a family bring their son Matthew, who's into magic and subsequently has gotten interested in paperfolding.  I coach his little sister in gymnastics.

Friday, February 27, 2015


Won Park 2-dollar Enterprise, as taught by Fred Upton

This was taught to me and Ron Fujioka at Marti's last December.  Ron brought the dollars with the "1701" serial number.

Boldly Fold Where No Folder Has Gone Before

I dusted these off from storage.  They were folded maybe around 2003.  Creator is Andrew Pang.

The Klingon Battle Cruiser stand is designed by Terry Hall.  The one supporting the Enterprise is by John Andrisan.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Post-Matsuri Origami Workshop


 I double-booked myself last weekend and had to be in two different states at once.  It all worked out in the end.

Originally, I was booked for Matsuri in Arizona.  I was planning to take Thursday through Tuesday off.....this week.  The problem is Matsuri happened this past weekend; and Yami had talked me into working with a contact from Marukai who was looking for an origami teacher to conduct a workshop in Costa Mesa at Tokyo Central.  Yami did not feel his health would allow for himself to be booked in advance.

2-22-2015 Display

Since I didn't have to be at the actual Matsuri Festival (which would have been nice) and help with the origami booths, I was able to do my Costa Mesa event; then high-tail it 600-700 miles to Arizona.  Yes, I drove.  Through bad LA traffic and drizzling rain. 
I arrived at my hotel after midnight.  Stayed up until 3.  Then woke up at 6am.  Workshop was from 9am to 4pm.

It was great to see so many old friends and make the acquaintance of some new ones.  There's something special about these kind of gatherings because these are friends you generally see only once a year, if even that.

I had been invited to Matsuri before as guest artist one year; then co-artist with Yami a second year.

I was a "last month" replacement for Andrew Ting, who had school on the day of the workshop.

I shared a couple of performance pieces, including "Instant Origami":

 I brought a shoebox full of pre-scored polypopagon cards and those pretty well disappeared.  I think it was a pretty big hit.

Among the other things taught, Akiko Yamanashi's twist box:

I also brought the scored paper for Angel Blanco's self-closing box.  That also went over well.

More photos here.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Origami Picture-Game

There's been a meme going around Facebook (I don't know who started it) where someone tags you to post a picture of a folded model, one per day for 3 consecutive days; and then to tag and invite someone else to participate.

I hate memes.  I ignored the ice bucket challenge.  I do not do email forwards to 10 friends, even if I risk bad luck.

When Andrew Hans tagged me, I didn't want to be rude but thought to ignore and pretend like I did not notice.  But a few days later, after talking to another friend, I decided to participate in good humor.  The following, from first to last, is what I posted:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WCOG's John Andrisan Passes

2-1-2015 From L to R:  John Andrisan, Jim Cowling, Ron Fujioka

Yami and I have been communicating back-and-forth about various things (Larry Davis, for one, will be in Southern California for a visit).  I had talked to Yami this morning; then in the afternoon, picked up another voicemail from him, saying something about "Jan Anderson" dying.  I had no idea what he was talking about or who Jan was.  Yami's thick accent muddled the name:  John Andrisan.  I figured out later, when I started getting wind of John's passing through various people and sources, as word began to spread throughout the day.

John's been a mainstay, the bedrock of the Westcoast Origami Guild; a pillar of the larger origami community in Southern California.  He's always been around, since I've been involved.  It's difficult to believe that February 1st at Marti's is the last time I will ever see him.

I'd like to share what Chila wrote to the O-List, regarding John:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A lone Bruin deep in USC territory

I gave a presentation and workshop to some USC students today.  It was a good warm-up, dusting off some rust, as I have 3 origami events lined up these next few weeks.T

I met up with Yami last week and he passed off some die-stamped crease patterns for Angel Blanco's self-closing box and the polypopagon.  Both seemed to turn out well.   That's a relief.


Sunday Funnies


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Hat tip:  Joel Stern to O-List.  Joel writes:

Project Synopsis:In a small prefecture in Hokkaido, impoverished villagers with no weapons to defend themselves perfected an ancient art form called Warigami; the art of manipulating paper into weapons. Those threatened by this new power joined forces, and set out to destroy the Kamijin, or Paper Masters/Users, Folders, and Creasers. In order to preserve the art of the Warigami, the Paper Masters inscribed their knowledge and imbued powers into a “Master Scroll.” This scroll, containing all the knowledge of Warigami, was then split into seven pieces and divided amongst the masters who now became Scroll Guardians. As time passed, the duties of the guardians were passed down through generations.Season One is a revenge story, which follows Vincent, a descendant of one of the guardians. After witnessing a massacre at his dojo that resulted in his master’s death, the disappearance of Cassie, his lover, and the theft of his master’s scroll, Vincent must search for clues in order to find the person responsible for these crimes. All he knows for certain is that this person is also a Kamijin, and that other guardians are being killed for their scrolls. As Vincent’s only clue leads him to an assassin named Lexi, who tries to kill him, he must use his paper powers in order to survive.

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Most Interesting Origami in the World

Over a year ago, I got commercial work for a Dos Equis commercial.  Failing to obtain permission for an existing origami pegasus on behalf of the production, and at the request for one that flaps, I came up with a simple flapping pegasus in about 5 minutes.  They seemed to love it, although I didn't think it was much; and apparently in the end, they went with my feelings about it; and to the best of my knowledge, the footage they filmed was left on the cutting room floor.   Oh, well.  I was well-compensated for my time and efforts.

They were also interested in an origami rose and so I put them in touch with Phu Tran, who they commissioned to fold several roses for them. 

I was the on-set artist/expert during filming; and they butchered all 6 roses, snipping off the beautiful long stem and leaves. 

Anyway, Phu Tran's rose (just one version out of several designs he has) made it into a Mexican version (I'm unaware of an English one) of a Dos Equis commercial, and deservedly so: