Monday, October 23, 2017

Demonstrating and Teaching Yesterday

I've been coming to the Van Nuys Garden for well over a decade, first hired by Michael Fritzen, I believe.  at some point, Sylvia Wong took over the reigns and brought aboard more regular teachers at the annual Origami Day festival.  This year, Carla Shaw has taken the helm. 

Instead of just entertaining visitors, this year I had the freedom to also teach; and I got to be in the Tea House, which I ended up liking better.

I entrusted filming to one of the volunteers; but something happened and she missed recording some really good moments.  Oh, well.

It was a fun 5 hours of origami (not counting the 2.5 hours before and hour after). 

Georgette setting up her display models

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nguyễn Hùng Cường's Buddha


At first I thought I was looking at a radical interpretation of Takashi HOJYO's classic Buddha. Nguyễn Hùng Cường's version is divine.  (3 pieces; but 3 pieces that works really well).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fly High, Dreamers!


Wonderful artistic expression by Nguyễn Hùng Cường:

Material: one uncut square paperCurrently displayed in "Paper Heroes" exhibition, Jaffa Museum, Tel aviv, Israel; curated by Ilan Garibi
I created this work to show my deep gratitude to origami community. The boy is myself, and the hand represents all origami creators who inspired me, making my dream come true. In the future I hope myself will also be an inspiration for the next generations of origami. 

Honoring Eric Joisel

Hat tip:  Dr. Robert Lang

Monday, October 09, 2017

Model Menu sneak peak: $ Flower-in-a-Pot

I'm signed up to PCOC so far to teach at least 2 models.  This is one of them. 

I think I taught this at my first OUSA Convention around 2002.  Herman Lau went out of his way to make sure I taught it according to his specifications as, at the time, he said people were getting the proportions of the pot wrong.

The class will also be remotely broadcast.  So for those of you who are unable to attend, please consider tuning in from the comforts of your home.

I'm hoping Herman Lau himself can still attend (he's located up in Sacramento). 

Origami City

Carol Stevens was kind enough to unbox Joel Stern's Origami City kit for me:

Do androids dream of origami sheep?

Created by Jun MAEKAWA
Folded by Michael Sanders 
10” x 10” commercial kami 
Diagram source: Genuine Origami, Tanteidan Convention Book #8
Alexander Lam talked me into folding this model yesterday, just as I was ready to leave the meeting at Marti's.  I hid the horns so as to bear resemblance to the one in the movie

I'm still curious to know if the production sought and received permission from Maekawa.  Perhaps it's in the closing credits?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pasadena Origami Festival at Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens

Meher McArthur:

Looking for something fun to do with the family this Sunday? Come to the Pasadena Origami Festival at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, from 10am to 4pm. Come and learn how to fold flowers, animals and modular forms with expert folders like Joel Stern and Jared Needle of the Pacific Ocean Paperfolders (POP) in the gorgeous setting of our Japanese Garden. I will be giving a talk about contemporary origami art and signing copies of my new book New Expressions in Origami Art and my earlier book Folding Paper. 

So today I spent time at the Gardens teaching the Thai Tulip:

In between teaching, I managed to film Joel Stern telling teaching tales:

This one is a Storigami by Christine Petrell Kallevig:

Photos here.

Sunday Funnies


Hat tip:  Jo Nakashima

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Yami turns 81

Yesterday, we celebrated Yami's 81st birthday party:

Jared Needle is Superhuman tomorrow night


Pacific Ocean Paperfolders (POP) member (and origami artist extraordinaire) Jared Needle will be a contestant on a nationally televised competition show called "Superhuman<>." There are five contestants on every show, each contestant possessing a unique, amazing skill. The contestants are given a challenge, and if they pass, they qualify for a $50,000 award, which is granted to the contestant deemed the favorite of the judges and studio audience.
Jared will be presented with several from among 100 crease patterns, and will need to identify the models they will fold into. The episode airs on July 31 at 9:00 PM on Fox. Don't miss it!
.Jared will be presented with several from among 100 crease patterns, and will need to identify the models they will fold into. The episode airs on July 31 at 9:00 PM on Fox. Don't miss it!

Ross Symons of Capetown, South Africa

CNN African Voices featured Ross Symons.

Sunday Funnies


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Origami Collapsible Hand Bag

Folding Chairs

Yanko Design:

We enjoy seeing how far a designer can push furniture to be portable and innovative at the same time. In a way, the Flux Chair is quite similar to the Ollie Chair since they both can compress down to a flat pack, making them a dream to store and very easy to transport/carry around. The impressive thing however about the Flux chair is its ability to do so A. in a way that makes carrying even easier because your folded chair is smaller as well as lighter, and B. using just one material that isn’t just flexible when you need it, but rigid enough to support the body’s weight too.
The beauty of Flux is in the way it transforms from a large polypropylene envelope (briefcase sized) to a fully functioning chair that takes all of 3 minutes to set up. Using curved folds to make the chair structurally sound, the designers have managed to strike a rather lovely blend between structural integrity, and a unique aesthetic that doesn’t look anything like something you would imagine would be achievable through folding (Yves Behar’s Kada Stool, for example). In fact it reminds one of an origami version of the Pantone Chair, if you ask me, personally! The curves not only give the Flux chair its incredible load-bearing abilities, they even make the chair comfortable to sit on, as the curves on the chair match those on the sitter’s bodies.
On sale for $129.99

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Ultimate Pegasus

I've seen this before.

Folded by Hà Thanh Tú

And seeing it again, my mouth still drools.


Pegasus B3.0. 2002 version's shaping.Author and CP: Kamiya Satoshi.Folded by Hà Thanh Tú. From only one uncut square, 40 cm of "Dó" paper.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Funnies


26 years later.....

....It is happening, again:

3rd season premieres tonight on Showtime!

What does this have to do with an origami blog?  Not much.  Just a lone paper crane used in one of the commercials.

Previously posted here.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother’s Day after the death of a child

Related to a previous article, The Last Crane, comes this sadness on Mother's Day:

How can I celebrate this day? How can I celebrate myself? Every day I open the door to my daughter’s room, sit on her tidy bed and wonder how any of this is real. How is it possible that all I have left is her collection of albums, stones and crystals, and her closet full of untouched clothes? How long will they serve as proof that she was here on this Earth, that she was real?
As the days go by, my daughter’s proximity to me fades, the reality of her absence becomes more concrete. This would be okay if it were because she had graduated high school, gone off to college and started her life, but that’s not what happened. She stopped existing at 15. She stopped.
I don’t know how to celebrate Mother’s Day without the consolation prize given all mothers — that our babies are gone, but we have laughing toddlers in exchange, that our toddlers are gone, but we have curious, bright-eyed preschoolers in their place, that the messy, carefree days of preschool meld into the primary years, when interests and personalities emerge and blossom, giving us teenagers who are whole, unique people. The fact that our kids grow up into actual people distracts us from the pain of their fading childhood. Except, of course, if they don’t grow up.
I am two mothers now — the mother you see walking beside my remaining daughter in the all-too-real world of chores and homework and trivial things and the mother you don’t see — the mother bereft, imagining that my daughter is two steps behind me, just out of sight.
There are too many mothers like me, rushing here and there, pretending we’re fully in one world when, really, we’re in two.
I look whole and normal, but deep inside there’s an emptiness where my heart used to be. I can’t walk with my surviving daughter without imagining the shadow of her sister right beside us, rolling her eyes, glancing at her phone.
I wish I could go back to when my kids were 9 and 6, when Mother’s Day was about hand-drawn cards and breakfast in bed. I can almost smell the burned toast, taste the mint tea. Dwelling on the past is the only thing that allows me to feel something other than numbness and despair. The others who walk this path of intense grief tell me it gets better. Eventually, I’ll start feeling what I’m supposed to feel. I’ll move more fully into the world of living children. Until then, I’m as much a part of my dead daughter’s world as I am my living daughter’s.

Read the rest at WaPo.

Sunday Funnies

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cherry Blossom Festival last weekend in Monterey Park

Last Sunday in Monterey Park at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.....

This is one of the first things I do in my demo, asking who in the audience has folded paper before (most people have probably done a paper glider) and as a lead in to action models.

My indoor stage demo was scheduled at 3pm on Sunday but then changed last minute to 4pm to accommodate another performer.

I've been doing this festival since 2002 or 2004.  I think it may have been my very first one and "big break" in doing things like this.  The first year I was outdoors with a booth.  I think my second year I had been given the center of the indoor gymnasium with 4 tables boxing me in.  At some point, I was asked to start doing stage demos.  That's when I had Yami and Joe with me, too.

I talk a bit about the evolution from traditional models into modern origami; including practical application nowadays into physics, sciences, and technology.  Then show off modern works of art.

My material has become such that it's growing a bit stale; but I follow a formula that I don't even need to rehearse, because I've done it so many times now.  Once I start talking about different moneyfolds, it segues into the realm of origami magic.

Us paperfolders love magic:

I'm a fungi:

After teaching Yami's banger to the group (really small crowd I thought, this year), I engage them in a "quick fold" contest for prizes:  Who can fold a banger (doesn't have to be the one I just taught) and make it pop first?

The big finish:

Seen at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Last weekend at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, one mother was carrying this purse that was very much like a series of waterbombs:

This is wearable:

I suddenly want to make one of these:

Sunday Funnies


Monday, April 24, 2017

NOA issue #500!

Completely missed this review:

Personally, I felt pretty let down by the issue.  I had bigger hopes there'd be something more special about it; but it was mostly bleh.  Such a milestone issue...

Oh, well.

Solar-powered rotating display stand

I got a couple of these solar-powered display stands at Tokyo Central in Gardena, CA.  It doesn't work that well in medium-low indoor lighting.  Works great in general, though.

I fold Yoda with 3 fingers.  I now fold nostril holes into the model.  I haven't mastered satisfaction with the face, yet.

One of the shaping details I don't see people doing is opening out the back hood.