Monday, September 30, 2013

NOA #458 for October

If Heather ( "happypuppytruffles") is going to do issue reviews regularly, I think I'm off the hook on posting scans of the model menu:

I retroactively updated this month's NOA with Heather's video review.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Box in a Box by Akiko Yamanashi

This is a really cool, quick, simple design.  I first learned it at Beverly's gathering, last June.

Last Friday I gave these out to my little team developmental gymnasts.  Inside I had a traditional crane and a flapping crane.

Chila's step photos.

Thebigbluevan explains the dimensions of the box in a box.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Health Benefits of Origami

Well, it certainly does my heart good; and it seems to make others happy.  But there's more!

Go to Origami Spirit.

Book Review: Dollar Origami by Won Park

A good review by thebigbluevan for anyone who hasn't bothered to purchase Won Park's first book yet:

So now what are you waiting for?!

Won could use your support of his's not like he actually does live out of a fancy garbage truck, you know.

As recently as four weeks ago, I was talking to Joel Bauer on the phone and he told me about how Won was living out of an amazing truck (Joel is the one credited with bringing Won into exposure to the wider origami community a decade ago).  I had to break the news to the master pitchman....

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Shiver Me Papers!

Ahoy thar ye scurvy band of Oriland Lubbin' scallywags!  'Tis International Talk Like a Pirate DayAaaargh!

Here's a handsome swashbucklin' pirate fer ye foldin' pleasure:

Unfurl yer sails for the Seven Seas.  But beware:  The sharks.....and there be krakens in the waters, as well- aaargh!

How about we unfold our maps and find some buried treasure?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Joseph Wu Hyperfocused

PHOTO: Hyperfocus by Bryce Evans

A nice article involving Joseph Wu:

A Vancouver photographer’s image of origami artist Joseph Wu will be Canada’s entry at a social issues photography festival in Italy in November.

Bryce Evans‘ photo is called Hyperfocus. It shows Wu folding a yellow piece of paper while seated in a corner. He looks like he’s surrounded by so many pieces of origami that he doesn’t have any room left to move. He’s literally cornered himself.

Evans’ image is an intimate portrait of Wu.

Wu is an origami artist who has spoken out about his diagnosis as an adult living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD – and depression.

Evans knew about Wu and wanted to work with him. Evans wanted to make a photograph of Wu that explored how his skill at origami related to his mental health.

Wu told him that his ADHD allowed him to become hyperfocussed on origami. Evans wanted to portray the positive side of Wu’s mental illness.

“I had the picture in my head of all the bright colors and different shapes and intricacy of it,” Evans said.
“As I heard his story, I began to construct a story. It was a matter of talking with him, giving him my ideas and hearing what the thought about it. We collaborated to create the final product.”
Evans could also relate to what Wu suffers from. When he’s working on his photography, he can focus his attention so acutely he shuts out everything else.

“I wanted to make the viewer think he was working on it and cornered himself and didn’t realize it,” Evans said.

Read the rest.

The Infinity Paper Glider

Hat tip to Vishakha Apte for this post to the Origami-L:

This awesome video shows you how to make a paper airplane fly endlessly. The principal is the same as in real aviation: thermals. Thermals allow real sailplanes to fly for hours. As real thermals are to strong for our selfmade paper airplane, we are using a miniature thermal that everyone has in his kitchen: Hotplates. Four hot plates producing hot air which rises and let our paperplane fly as long as we want. The paper aeroplane must be centered while it performs it turns, in the middle of the for heating plates. so it took me about 87 takes to produce this video. if the paper airplane isn´t exactly in the centre of the plates, it will drop off. So feel free to build your own paperplane and let it fly as long as you want in your kitchen.

Monday, September 16, 2013

How Long Would You Stand in Line for a Bowl of Noodles...and Origami?

I had the chance to be the origami consultant on a commercial this past weekend; but I turned it down, having committed myself to volunteering a better use of my time, along with Pam Miike, in helping Yami entertain the masses through the joys of paperfolding at his origami booth.

It was standing room only (*Ahem*...because we were given only 3 chairs).

At the Torrance Cultural Arts Center:
Ramen fanatics and lovers of the Japanese culture will get their fix on Sept. 14-15 during the First Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest held in Torrance, Calif. 
This two-day ramen festival is sponsored by Weekly LALALA, an L.A.-based Japanese magazine. The celebration—to be held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.—will commemorate the publication’s 10th anniversary, according to L.A. Weekly
This anticipated event, hyped as “the largest ramen festival in the U.S.,” will feature $8 bowls of ramen from renowned ramen specialists from around the world, including places like San Jose, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Japan. The confirmed vendors for the event include: Orenchi, Shalala, Gomaichi, Silverlake Ramen, Iroha, Ikemen, Hayatemaru, Jidaiya, Tsujita L.A. and Daikokuya
In addition to delicious ramen, several eateries will be serving up some of their house favorites. For example, Tsujita L.A. will provide sushi in addition to their noodles—featuring tsukemen and ramen—and Hannosuke will be featuring its signature ten-don. Not to be outdone, Jidaiya will be serving novelty ramen burgers, the current burger trend
Parking is free at this event, as well as entrance to attend.
Notice it says free to get in through "the entrance"; not that the ramen itself is free.
Can’t make it to Torrance this weekend? Not to worry, for a second Ramen Yokocho Festival will be held in Las Vegas on Oct. 19 (Sunday) at the city’s Rio Hotel.

I have never seen so many people standing in long lines that wrapped around the buildings throughout the entire day, just for ramen noodles.  They stood in line to get inside, stood in line for tickets, and stood in lines at noodle booths.  (Supposedly, they served 1500 people within the first hour!).  Some managed to find time to do some origami.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

WCOG Meeting for September

Really light turnout today.

I finally had a chance to fold Jeremy Shafer's Super Boomerang and Boomerang airplane.

Pam Miike filmed this (so "blame" her for the timing on the slo-mo button on my Casio high speed Exilim EX-FC 150).  The reason why I'm kneeling is because the boomerang kept hitting the low ceiling.

Shafer makes it look so easy; I was hoping that you could throw it any which way, and they'd still come back to you.  The reality is, like my glider, it takes practice to get a feel for throwing them.


Not a Kawasaki from a Dollar

New model uploaded by Jeremy Shafer:
Turn an ordinary one dollar bill into a lovely rose! (Designed by Jeremy Shafer) This model can be folded from a dollar as I show in the video, but it's actually even better folded from a 1X2 rectangle, that way you can skip folding in the edges (see 1:00 and 1:20). The $5 Euro banknote is 62 X 120 which is reasonably close to 1 X 2. If your country's currency is shorter than 1X2 then you will need to fold the long edges in a little bit in order to obtain a 1X2 rectangle. Of course, money folding is only really popular in the U.S., right???

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Crane and the Hedge Sparrow

By Paul Hanson published on the BOS YouTube Channel:

A paper crane and a Hedge Sparrow (Dunnock) are separated by a barrier. However the bird is determined to meet its pleated friend, but what will finally make it give up?

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Extra Commercial

Warning:  This might tug on your heartstrings:

Doesn't it just move you to want to go out and buy some Extra gum right now and start chewing?  [/Sarcasm]

...Or at the least, start folding some wrappers?

Some of theYouTube comments are pretty funny.

Hat tip:  Chris Lott on the O-List

Sunday Folding Funnies


Thursday, September 05, 2013

September NOA #457


Child Raccoon dog by Mr. Kunihiko KASAHARA
Envelope with a rabbit by Ms. Ayako KAWATE
Rabbit by Mr. Ryo AOKI
Kangaroo by Mr. Katsushi NOSHO
Flattering humming bird by Ms. Shoko AOYAGI
Mouse-shaped glove-puppet by Ms. Mariko MIYAMOTO
Dachshund-shaped chopsticks' wrapper by Mr. Katsuhisa YAMADA
Fence by Ms. Shoko AOYAGI
Flower of cosmos by Ms. Ayako KAWATE
Pentagonal box with a balloon flower by Mr. Hajime KOMYA (Original model by Ms. Tomoko FUSE)
Curler Units by Mr. Herman Van Goubergen

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August NOA #456

Sorry I got lazy and am just now posting the list of model content for last month'

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Boon's Frog


Designed by Quentin Trollip, the paper given to him by Caveman Boon is perfect!  It gives the feel of a rough textured hide, along with warts.

Monday, September 02, 2013

More puzzles and paperfolding fun at Marti's!

Alex helped Hisako on these- she LOVES turtles!

Marti was out of country in Japan for a puzzle convention last month (International Puzzle Party?); so Alex Lam- Mr. Origami- did not get the grand tour of Marti's house at the August meeting (his first visit).  This time, he did.

Marti had to ship her puzzles, which will be a while yet to arrive; and given that next month is PCOC, it probably won't be until November when we will be able to play with her new puzzles.

Alex, Hisako, Pam, and I frustrated ourselves over "after hours" puzzle-solving, staying another 2 hours past the end of the origami meeting.

Alex was pretty good at solving some of these things:

Alex holding two leftover pieces to a chocolate popsicle puzzle; eventually he figured out using all the pieces

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Sunday Folding Funnies


Just a quick comic I thought up while folding my origami versions of the Mane Six.

Yes, that is Kamiya's Ryujin Apple Bloom folded. No, I have no idea how she managed to do that in a class period using only her hooves.