Saturday, December 20, 2008

Origami on Local Public Access Broadcasting

Carolyn hosts this, and invited me to do two programs. The first one, "Origami 3", I used up the entire airtime to demonstrate the folding pattern of Montroll's horse (I didn't dwell on teaching it slow, as I only had 25 minutes tops.

This is from a Long Beach public access program. Teaching the Robert Neale dollar bill flapping butterfly with John Andrisan's cosmetic modifications.

Unscripted and dry...funny toward the end...hey, it's public access! What more can you expect?

Thanks to both Johns for their permission to teach this on the airwaves.

Another video on Folding the Fins on Won Park's $ koi fish

Many folders still complain about steps 37-39 on Marcio Noguchi's diagrams of Won Park's koi. I've started folding some more as Christmas gifts and thought I'd film myself doing part of the fins.

Sorry if it's not great quality, but it was a challenge keeping the model in focus since I had the camera around my neck; I'm surprised nothing came out blurry. I forgot to turn the tv off in the background. So I replaced the natural sound with music. If that annoys you, just turn the volume off. I guarantee the sci-fi channel program in the background was so stupid, you'd thank me for replacing the sound.
Step photos can still be found here.
Also, I've been experimenting with applying methyl cellulose to the dollar koi model. I find it a bit challenging to keep the model from "expanding" when moistened too much with it, after it's already been shaped. I've had more enjoyable success at applying it when after the scales have been pleated, and the model is still flat. I then apply a dab here and there as I continue folding and shaping.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Luminary and one of the WCOG Founding Folders (well....not exactly, but member since 1986), Terry Hall, returns after a 6 year sabbatical.

The last time Terry folded with the group was at my first meeting. I arrived late, and he was folding a beautiful Montroll horse for a young girl. That inspired me. The only other time Terry came in the last 6 years was to drop off a couple of boxloads of folded models to be given away.

Catherine Ortiz took over leadership chores from Terry; but now, she stopped attending on a regular basis for about the last 2 or 3 years. No more newsletter, no one really in charge, although John Andrisan takes on some leadership tasks.

Friday, December 12, 2008

WCOG May 10, 2008

This is a video of raw footage from our WCOG May 10th meeting:

The opening scene is from an event that Yami and I did at Griffith Park for the mayor, for a couple of hours prior to heading over to the library.

Have you folded a book, lately?

I have David Brill's "Brilliant Origami", but never got around to folding the books, until I happened upon Mari Michaelis' instructional videos. It was her bookcase design, though, that got me out of my malaise, and I just started folding to her videos.



I think there's a bookcase design in Origami Omnibus, as well (I'm too lazy to go look it up at the moment- the real book sits on a real shelf, in a real bookcase, gathering dust). But this 3-piece bookcase worked just fine. Loved using the wood print paper, finally (as well as the brick printed wall and wood print floor).
Anyway, another charming model set.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Well, this about covers it all....

Found this video by Mari Michaelis:

"Life is Beautiful" created by Yoichi Yamauchi (Yami), is an arrangement of 427 individual models.
Top left: Health. Bottom left: Happiness. Top right: Have Dreams. Bottom right: Most beautiful.

More at Yami's Corner
(Don't forget to check out the two articles by Yami:
The Magic of Origami (Check out the original Nippon Keizai Shinbun article)
Folding Myself from Grief to Joy)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

My New Fave Fold

Rocking horse, designed by origamist redpaper (seo won seon). Other models from his book, Creative Origami, here.

I ordered through Jassu, and it arrived from Korea in less than a week, even though I was told to give it two weeks.

Love it!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Fun of Paper Gliders

Apparently, my simple video entry is ineligible for the competition, since I live outside the UK/Ireland. (That's ok, though....I don't really feel a strong yearning to ride around in a helicopter- so there!). You can see more entries here.

This was brought to my attention when I saw Nick Robinson's post to the Origami Mailing List.

Here's my entry:

Very simple, "on the fly" quick-take video. Also uploaded onto YouTube.

Here are a couple of Nick Robinson's designs:

"Little Nicky"