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Two great models made from printer paper. Not only are these great, practical models, they are also great models to teach when your students don't have origami paper!
* spoiler alert: both can be folded from squares too!
At the OrigamiUSA UnCon 2020, Miyuki Kawamura taught a clever and versatile model that she designed called "Little Circus." I am teaching the Little Circus Cube made with 6 modules, but once you have learned the module and make the cube, you can entertain yourself with endless paper combinations and different polyhedra using different numbers of modules. The tab and pocket construction on this model is unusual and interesting. The module and construction require patience, but not a great deal of experience.
These simple models are utilitarian in their basic function. They create either a clip or a pocket for sheets of paper or a notebook. The clip serves as fasten sheets of paper in lieu of using a staple. The pocket acts as a corner pocket for a notebook that is suitable to carry something small (e.g., small pack of post-it notes, 1 or 2 teabags, paper clips, etc.).
This is a lovely modular flower and vase created by Mariko Kubo. I will teach it in memory of Susan Wettling. Susan loved Mariko Kubo's origami designs and took a class from her during a trip to Japan. I learned this model from Susan and would like to share in memory of her friendship.
This is a pretty sweet model if I say so myself. This model was designed by Shuzo Fujimoto and was published in "Fujimoto World - Twist Fold", ISBN: 978-4416312001. The majority of the work for this model is establishing the grid on the sheet of paper. Once the grid it set, we will work on establishing the proper valley and mountain creases in the sheet of paper. The final step after that is flattening the unit out, creating a cylinder out of it, and finally (the toughest part to me) setting the creases into the final shape.
This is not origami -- not as most of us use the word. Modular kirigami, maybe. But then, many languages do not make a distinction between "to fold" and "to bend." In this model, we bend paper into cylinders and cones and weave them together into a globe. No, an actual globe, with countries and oceans and whatnot.
I'll demonstrate a general method of rearranging pleat intersections and show how to use patterns designed for weaving cloth to create new folded tessellations. We'll go over a few examples and then the students will choose a pattern to fold from a set of examples. If a projector is available, I will also show how to experiment with these designs using a computer.
This is a technical talk about using a computer to fold origami. Existing programs like Oripa and Orihime compute folded states of a crease pattern by breaking up faces into congruent stacks of sub-faces and ordering them via slow exponential search. This talk will discuss a new method for computing folded states that does not sub-divide faces and can often infer an exponential number of output folded states in polynomial time. Some background in algorithms and computer science is suggested but not required.
While I was working at Origami House in 2012, I was asked to design some models to be folded from one or more sheets of 1x2 rectangular paper for some folding kits. This tiger was one such model, folded from two identical 1x2 rectangles cut from one square. While it was not ultimately used for publication, it now serves as a relatively simple color-change tiger to celebrate the 2022 year of the tiger.