Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Photo of the Day

From December 30, 2012, excerpt from a giant origami crane in Logan Square:

The idea for the crane began because one of her friends, apparently, makes these guys all the time. In fact, as we were chatting in her living room, Sima’s father showed me a small crane that was sitting on the coffee table. 

I learned that the crane in the yard does, indeed, light up in the evenings – and is set on a timer (to go off around 4:30 PM). I also found out that Sima has plans to include a workstation outside, where people would be able to write down their wishes for the new year, create their own origami cranes, and add it to the one in the yard. 

In a way, this additional component transforms the crane from something you just observe to something that you interact with… as anyone passing by would be able to participate.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Get a load of that pug mug

Outstanding detail on this pug face, by Marciano Zavala:

Paper: a three tissue paper 74 x 74 cm.

Origami Designs Store in The Simpsons


According to The Simpsons Wiki:

Origami Designs is a store that sells origami designs at the Springfield Mall

Two appearances:

Episode – "The Day the Violence Died"  
Episode – "Last Tap Dance in Springfield"

How to Play with Nishida Shatner

Watch it to the end.  He diverges from the traditional tsuru.

Check out his models.  His alien is outstanding:


Last POP for 2014

Towelie by Jared Needle

Jared Needle tried to help me with the Sergey Yartsev ballerina crease pattern.  I did not get through it, but may try again.

A few more photos here.

Labrador designed by Jared Needle

Sunday Funnies


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Box with Automatic Opening

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lecture 5: Artistic Origami Design

Back and Forth and Back 1

Some beautiful work by Ian Koss:

Another Owl Study

Beth Johnson's owl had blown me away

Here's a new one folded from a triangle of elephant hide with acrylic painted on prior to folding, by Edgar:

Golf Bag with 3 Clubs


Golf bag with 3 clubs
Created by Jesse Barr
Folded by Michael Sanders from one dollar

With Christmas coming up and me not sure what to get my dad, I finally sat down and had a go at this model (was reminded of it when I visited Won Park's group and saw a request for golfing clubs and a mention of Louis Cooper's model- of which I've done her club but never tried the bag).  Jim Cowling had given me hints at WCOG a year ago.  It wasn't that hard; and I'm pretty sure I essentially for all intends and purposes formed the 3 tips out of the paper for the clubs the way Jesse Barr had done. 

Sunday Funnies

Saturday, December 13, 2014

How to Trisect an Angle with Origami

Hat tip:  Jo Nakashima

*UPDATE 12-14-2014*

Saadya on the O-List makes a great point:

The video is lovely, but I can't help being annoyed that the first discoverer of a method to use origami to solve this problem--Hisashe Abe of Hokkaido University--is nowhere  in the video (body or credits) mentioned by name. It is as if origami is this general pool of knowledge and there are no pioneers worth crediting for their efforts or discoveries. (Meanwhile in this presenter's companion video on "Euclid's Big Problem", Galois and Wantzel--mathematicians--ARE mentioned by name.)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Folding Sheep

Next year is the Year of the Ram.

Hat tip:  Hisako Tanji

Boldly Going Where Folders Have Gone Before

Won Park Enterprise

At Marti's last Sunday, Ron Fujioka brought a stack of bank bill $ that he had been holding onto for Fred Upton for 2 years.  Why?  Because Fred had put out a request for anyone with bills that held the numbers "1701" in its serial- the same as the serial number on the various Enterprises.

So Fred taught Won Park's version of the Enterprise last Sunday.  Fred figured it out from Won's descriptions and from some help Won gave him back when he made a visit out to Los Angeles.

Photos here.

Drawing Origami

Alexander Kurth's review of Nicolas Terry's new book:

Monday, December 08, 2014


Hat tip to  Beverly Baudino for sending me this yesterday:

A Dallas-based company has come up with a new way to end inflight battles in the hated armrest war.
Soarigami is a clip-on, origami-style plastic divider that looks very much like a paper airplane and acts like an armrest extender -- giving passengers a bit more space. 


The Soarigami is made of strong plastic that folds into a thin profile for easy transport, says Grace Lee Chang, co-creator of Soarigami. The Soarigami securely attaches onto the armrest with flexible spring-action ‘landing gear.’ The ‘wings’ become the new extended armrests and the ‘vertical stabilizer’ in the middle acts as a barrier between two elbows.
“Sora means sky in Japanese, and gami means graceful,” she says. “With the product being origami-inspired and meant to be used in flight, the name Soarigami was born, aiming to soar the skies with grace.”
The Soarigami product is still being tested, but is set to be available for purchase in early 2015 for around $30.

Drunken Origami

Inebriated folders December 5, 2014 at Bang Bang nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego

Last Friday, I traveled to San Diego to teach origami in a dance nightclub setting.  So low lighting and wasted party-goers made for some challenging teaching.  Conversation fun and folding devolved with one group into everything being a sexual inuendo.  I would have been off brushing up on origami underground.  Since it was also a Japanese-themed party and nightclub, and they had Sumo wrestlers perform, I think this would have been a good model to teach and have fun with:

 Since everyone was inebriated, this is probably how exciting it would have looked to them:

 And incidentally speaking of Sumo, I recently saw this cool Sumo wrestler by Yoo Tae Yong:

Photo source:  Beth Johnson Origami
You can see more angles and other models on his Flickr.

It was a closed event, business company holiday party; and I was kept over the scheduled time (which I suppose is a compliment).

I was impressed with a couple of patrons getting through folding a Carmen Sprung Stern Franziska.  My attention-getter was constantly launching my boomerang glider. 

Driving back to LA latenight, I assumed would be a breeze; but it wasn't.  That's when freeway construction and repairs happen (not that it doesn't go on in daylight, either) and I hit more than a few heavy traffic jams and annoying detours.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Crane-making production

Video description:

An update on where I am in my quest to make 1000 Origami Cranes and A little motivation to help you find the strength and persistence to do something like this. You can do it! Be motivated and persistent like me. I have the persistence to fold all these cranes and you can too!!!
Lots of fun stuff on my website including origami projects like a flapping bird, and a paper water bomb.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A goose!

I think this is from the Jim Carrey movie, "Liar, Liar", using the crumplegami technique: