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....


Sunday, December 09, 2018

Just in time for Halloween 2019!

Rodney Kageyama

I heard that Rodney passed away this morning.  He was a mainstay as an MC at cultural events like The Autumn Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival.  He and I always exchanged greetings and he'd sometimes promote my origami booth when MCing.  He was also on a television show with another friend of mine ("Quantum Leap"?).

Sunday Funnies


Friday, November 23, 2018

My Mother

Masae Sanders (on the right) engaged in the traditional Japanese art of folding cranes

My dad brought photo albums from their Colorado home to their home in Penn Valley so that I could go through and scan them into digital form (I drove up here for Thanksgiving).

I found this one of my mom (on the right) doing origami! We don't know the year, location, or why she was doing it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But there she goes.

My first introduction to origami was when I was 8 years old, vacationing in Japan, as I occasionally did during the summertime.  My cousins started me off with simple sonobe cube box, masu box (I was really into folding nesting boxes- about 50 packed into one!), cranes, and other traditional models.

I folded those on-and-off all through my life into adulthood.  I only discovered modern origami around 1999/2000.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Stefan Delecat's Crane Box

Crane Box
Designed by Stefan Delecat
Folded by Michael Sanders 
Lid and bottom container each folded from 19.5” x 19.5” square of Chiyogami or Washi paper bonded to foil paper (the lid got really thick on the lip portion).

Source: Tanteidan convention book volume 10

Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Roast
Created by Michael Assis
Folded by Michael Sanders
6” x 6” square of Japanese foil paper bonded onto...I don’t know what kind of paper
Tray designed by Mr. Satoshi TAKAGI
4” square of kami
Source: NOA Kessakusen2

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Disaster Relief Ad Counsel commercial featuring dollar origami

Joel Stern recently inquired to the Origami-L about an ad that's been recycled in wake of the California wildfires.

While using the search function for any previous discussions about it on the O-List, I came across an email sent to me by a friend in December of 2012, linking to this upload.  I had replied that it had been a topic of discussion, and sent her this link.  But I don't know where I had previously seen the ad referenced and what the final resolution was. 

Digging further, via Google search, I think I finally solved the mystery of who worked on the ad

Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Friesen worked with Ad Council on an advertisement that featured dollar bills folded into different origami shapes.

More recently, Friesen combined efforts with the Brooklyn studio to fold about 3,000 origami roses in three weeks. The roses were used in an ad campaign for LAIKA animation studios and Focus Features’ stop motion animation film, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” which will be in theaters August 19.
For Friesen, each project is different and an opportunity to learn something new.
“I feel fortunate,” Friesen said, “to have a job that I’m excited about every day.”

Here is Ben Friesen's website.

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Breaking Standard Laws of Origami

National Geographic:
A group of researchers led by Andres Arrieta, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, recently published a paper in Science about how earwigs’ wings work. When the team tried to model the unfolding mechanism using a traditional understanding of origami-like folding, it did not compute. The wings simply do not fold like typical well-known materials (think paper) at a single crease.
Instead, Arrieta’s team found that the wings work by possessing spring-like folds, which have two stable configurations. He likens them to slap bracelets, which can stably switch between two different orientations.
Julia Deiters, a researcher at Germany’s University of Duisburg-Essen who recently co-authored a study on the topic, says the wings are also stabilized by folds that are bended, as opposed to straight. These arrange mechanical forces in a way that enables the wings to “lock,” either when they are completely open or folded up.
Arrieta and others hope to use their insights into the wings’ mechanisms to create mimics in the future. “The wing gave us the recipe to make similar manmade materials,” he says. Such materials could be an invaluable tool with potential applications for making things like quick-assembly tents, portable solar panels, and compact electronics.