Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Bat Hat

April 2005

This model was published in one of the OUSA Convention books:

With the visor lowered down, I'm blind as a bat!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Origami in Space

Via Dr. Robert Lang to the O-List:

In the 21st century, origami has caught the attention of engineers who are using it to create all sorts of new structures--from collapsible packaging to airbags for cars. Origami has even found its way into space!
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), mechanical engineer Larry Howell and a team of researchers from Brigham Young University collaborated with NASA to design a solar array that can be tightly compacted for launch and then deployed in space to generate power for space stations or satellites.
The collaboration began when Howell received an NSF grant to explore combining origami with his focus on compliant mechanisms, which are typically single-piece structures that are jointless and flexible.

Read the article at the National Science Foundation.

Yellow Origami Umbrella Movement

In wake of the Sa, and political climate in Hong Kong, comes a couple of true origami kasa models.  Hat tip to Sy Chen for the first video find:


At the Genius Bar (That's what my station was called)

More from the Van Nuys Japanese Garden:

Cat by Gilad Aharoni

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sheep Dog by Seth Friedman


Origami-inspired furniture:

Designed by Tom Faulkner:

Echo was inspired by Origami, the Ancient eastern art of paper folding.
This strong, urban design skilfully echoes the complex folds with seemingly effortless simplicity, yet the mathematics is carefully worked out in order to give the table the necessary strength. Echo is a modern and an original piece of origami recreated in plate steel.

Hat tip:  Origami Blog

Sunday Funnies- The Real Lives of Origami Figures


While scavenging for Sunday Funnies cartoons, I discovered the work of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura.  I wasn't the only one, as Discover Nikkei has been republishing his collection of origami-related cartoons.

A brief bio on Discover Nikkei:

My mother taught me how to fold when I was a kid, and I've been folding ever since. Origami figures are fun to make and marvel at, but what are they REALLY like?
 Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is a visual artist and writer. A sansei born in Santa Rosa, CA, he now lives on the East Coast, where he earned a Master of Music at The Juilliard School in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his paintings, and his poetry has been published in print and online. He works as a graphic designer and lives with his wife Luisa, a poet, in Connecticut.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hat with Ears by Gerardo Gacharná

Tadashi Mori:
Hat with Ears, by Gerardo Gacharná.
Made with two square sheets of paper.
Recommended size: 60cm (24in)

You can find step-photos for this model by Gerardo on his site.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Miniature World of Anja Markiewicz

Published in The Fold:

Imagine your whole exhibition, more than 30 models, stored in a matchbox. Anja always presents her models with a magnifying glass, otherwise you won't be able to see much of its beauty and elegance. As a master in miniature origami, she decided to go this extra mile and become a professional origami artist.
As always, nine questions are answered, and this time we have a bonus – I tried my hands in miniature-folding, under the smiling supervising eyes of Anja, and it was a very interesting experience...

Read the rest of Ilan Garibi's interview

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Pumpkin by Janessa Munt

From a hexagon.

Paper Glider Machine Gun

Hat tip:  Joe Power via Origami-L

Jesus Diaz:
This German genius has created one of the most awesome inventions in recent memory, one that will bring incredible voice to humanity: A fully automated paper airplane machine gun. Yes, people: A machine gun that folds plain paper sheets into airplanes and then fire them across the sky.

History of paper gliders:

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Marti's 1st Sunday without Marti

Marti was once again traveling the world; so Margot hosted the meeting at Marti's house.

Among some of the things taught:

Talo Kawasaki's patty bat
David Donahue's penguin
Skating penguin by Taichiro Hasegawa
Ron Fujioka taught Joseph Wu's $ Utopia Bacon

I surrendered my Origami Starry Revolution book over to Joe, to work on.  I love the Ray Star Torus model, but not sure if I have the patience to get through the project.


Sunday Funnies

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Why Your Child Should Play with Paper (Ages 4-8)

Via Tuttle Publishing

If I had an obsession this year, it would be paper. Not just origami, seriously, it was just paper. Paper is a lot like a person in a way. You can do things with it but at the end of the day, it's still paper. You can use it to hold stuff. You can use it to pass information. You can also use it to appeal to someone's emotions. You can alter the shape by folding or tearing but it is still paper. Paper is the ultimate open-ended toy.
Read more.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

NOA October issue #470

Heather's video description:

A book review of NOA Monthly Origami Magazine, issue 470, October 2014

Today I review this issue of Monthly Origami Magazine. In this issue are some great origami designs for October. This issue focuses on forrest animals and things for Halloween.

NOA Magazine is great! I highly recommend it. You can get a year's subscription delivered from Japan to most places in the world. They accept PayPal.

NOA Website:
Magazine Subscription: