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The One-Cut Nonagon and the Nine-Pointed Twist Star

Went to the New York City Convention, last week, and it was fun, as it always is, but as always, I feel a sense of not having explained myself sufficiently. I taught a couple of classes, both on twist folds, and it is too easy to forget that the language used to describe objects with [...]

Vespertilio – corrugated paper bat

My partner Ioana Stoian recently created this wonderful model of a bat, using origami corrugations – her first origami design! I’m very pleased with this model and helped her to create a simple set of diagrams and a crease pattern, which you can download via her site: You can see it also folds flat [...]

Polish convention diagrams

I was the guest at the Polish Origami convention a few weeks ago, and I had a fantastic time in Kraków! I heartily recommend to anyone that they should attend this convention; the organizers Krystyna and Wojtek Burczyk did an amazing job putting together a very pleasant origami meeting. Kraków is a beautiful and delightful [...]

MAY I Show You Some Paper Flowers?!

Celebrate spring and the beginning of May, the traditional way, by making a paper flower bouquet to give to someone you love! Mine are being delivered by a wonderful letterpress insects, with obvious good manners. I took my most mini (5/16") paper flower punch and popped out several layers from a mixture of papers, even some doublette crepe scraps. Show More Summary

a return to old times

I folded this hexakaidecagon from a plain sheet of 15cm kami, like I used to do back when I started folding origami tessellations. It’s challenging paper to fold, as making 32 creases through the center point leads to a lot of paper turning to mush! Rather than folding a big twist, I twirled the excess [...]

Rebecca Gieseking

I’ve been very interested in this work from artist Rebecca Giesieking, particularly this latest piece, “Spiral Bowl”. Explorations of curved folds and organic structures are quite exciting to see. I look forward to her next work! -Eric   Spiral Bowl   Lidded Bowl Experiment with Diagonal Gores Octagonal Experiment Bowl

some recent photographs

Here are some items which I have photographed over the last few days. An old design of mine, folded from a sheet of my bio-paper. the diagram for this work is available in this PDF. A Voronoi tessellation, folded from random points. Generated with pen drops to create the initial state. The reverse of my [...]

Protein Folding

I went to a talk last week on protein folding, given by one of the College’s chemistry profs. I was delighted to find that there is a mechanism for correcting folding sequences that go wrong. Any folder will recognize this situation immediately: you get almost to the end and see flaps sticking out in all [...]

Ten-Sided Yin-Yang Globe

This is a ten-sided yin-yang globe, a modular kirigami model I designed for a friend to use in a gift exchange for the 10th Gathering for Gardner. Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games section in Scientific American magazine for many years and had a big influence on a lot of folks, paperfolders not excepted. My [...]

Equine Sculpture Exhibition

I'm writing this post on the occasion of the huge equestrian trade fair going on this weekend in Birmingham, the UK. I have a few Horse-Heads on display there, very much like these: "Horse Heads", by Saadya. Each is made from a single uncut rectangle of Canson watercolor paper, pre-inked on one side and folded while wet. Show More Summary

Moorish Stars Crease Pattern

I’ve had this pattern in my head for a long time now, and only recently was I able to realize it in a way that was satisfactory to me. It uses a combination of the hinged-pleat flagstone style and the traditional straight-pleat style that origami folders are used to. It’s based on a traditional Islamic [...]

A visit with Vincent Floderer

Last November, we had a chance to meet up with French artist Vincent Floderer, at his home and studio in southwestern France. I had always wanted to meet Vincent – his crumpling techniques and artistic style are unique, and extremely appealing to me in their wonderful organic style. I found him to be even more [...]

Carved Complexities, Show Opening in Los Angeles Tonight!

Lucrezia Bieler, Rattle Race 20x20 Charles Clary, Radimafungle Transduction Movement #112x12 Beatrice Coron, Market Value 10x10 I have been a big fan of Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California for some time. The space is great and the openings are always a good time. Show More Summary

How-To: Fold-Up Fresnel Reflector

Uwe Oehler has written a simple program that prints out fold-up paper templates for the conic sections that make up the reflective surface of a Fresnel mirror. Cut the templates out of cardboard, cover the cardboard with aluminum tape, fold up the sections, and apply them to a flat backing. Show More Summary

Season's Greeting 2011: The Grand Advent-ture

Holiday Greeting 2011--May Your Days Be Merry & Bright! (Mini advent tree card shown opened and displayed on the built-in pop-up stand.) It's that time of year, when we can share what we came up with for the holiday season's greeting. Show More Summary

New Crop of Daisies

Last years' thank you notes after the holidays were simple punch blooms with pineapple twine stems on scallop postcards from Paper Source with brown bag A2 envelopes.(Not a paid endorsement, we just like them.)

Fresh as a Daisy Thanks

Couple years back's thank you cards were white pom poms centers over embossedpaper petals stitched onto hand cut cardboard flats with green thread. The stems were kept simple, made of long thread stitches that a thumbcut tag could slide onto. Matching kraft paper envelopes and using a green ink pen finish thequick-to-make set.

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