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The Fold 2012

Issue 13, November–December, 2012

The Fold is the online magazine for members of OrigamiUSA. New articles are posted continuously over the two month period of each issue. To contribute to The Fold or for other questions, please see our FAQ.
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by Jane Rosemarin
Diagrams for mittens designed by Jane Rosemarin with an improved locking mechanism.
You may well never heard of this paper, let alone folded with it. This review will reveal that it's definitely a paper you should try out - and soon!
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A rotationally symmetric solid curved fold, folded from a regular hexagon.
Diagrams for a modular star "Hilli" by Klaus-Dieter Ennen, as well as video instructions by Sara Adams
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Yet another rendering in paper of a wooden puzzle. Make four U-shaped units, and try to fit them into a box.
Learn how to fold the first in a series of many variations on a single star. This one has eight points, but you can achieve any number from 3 to 12 using this method.
Diagrams for Patricia Crawford's Dragonfly, as well as an on article how key models often inspire multiple designers.
by David Lister with a foreword by J.C. Nolan
This article gives insight into how a dragonfly, which was diagrammed in "Kan no Mado" presumably around 1845, made its way into Western publications.
Where else can you meet a bee keeper's family, a paper painter/banker, a robotics expert, a math professor, and a brilliant child (aged 14) named Stephano, all with the same passion except at the same hotel, in a small town in Italy...
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by Jean Baden-Gillette
Diagrams for the 2012 OrigamiUSA Holiday Gift.

Issue 12, September–October, 2012

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by Talo Kawasaki and Sara Adams
This action model is great for Halloween - and it's a double action: the bat flaps its wings, and produces quite some noise!
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Thomas Hull
Tom Hull describes the 2012 Autumn convention of the British Origami Society, which took place on Sept. 7-9 in Liverpool, UK.
Combining the way M. C. Escher used to signature his work of art and the Folds of Beauty, I present A to C from my complete rendition of A to Z font.
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by Andrew Hudson
Diagramming a model with lots of pleats can be a challenge. Some techniques are presented to help avoid ambiguity.
Nick Robinson
A review of the the book "Bible Origami" by Andrew Dewar.
In this 12th paper review, we'll look at the one paper best known as origami paper: kami, namely from Jong ie Nara.
The story of the new file download sales section of The Origami Source.
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by Miroslav Mrajca
Diagrams for a fox head designed by Czech designer Miroslav Mrajca.
by Marcio Noguchi
A compilation of many reports from the 2012 Origami Caravan excursion to the Miyagi region of Japan.
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Diagrams for a 3D Double Star Puff Pyramid folded from a regular hexagon.
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by Arnold Tubis, John Andrisan, and Christopher Pooley
Part two in a series examining the mathematics behind the golden ratio in some geometric boxes.
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by Chris Itoh
One folder's personal experiences of two Asian origami conventions during the summer of 2012.
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Diagrams for a boar by Vietnamese folder Đỗ Trí Khải.
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by Wendy Zeichner
An interview with two pioneers of modular woven polypolyhedra.
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Diagrams for a Dragon head trophy, a variation of Paul Frasco's Dragon Whelp.
The Zipper Tessellation is a good starting point for many variations, such as the Zipper Ring and Vase, presented here with crease patterns and some diagrams.
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A simple yet elegant Sonobe variation by Meenakshi Mukerji.

Issue 11, July–August, 2012

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By Leonardo Pulido Martínez
Diagrams for a horse with rider by Columbian folder Leonardo Pulido Martínez.
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by Arnold Tubis and Carmen Sprung
Tubis and Sprung show that the same starting shapes used previously to create generalized masu boxes [Tubis and Pooley 2012] can be used to produce \(n\)-pointed 3D stars.
by Nick Robinson
A review of the NOA publication "Origami Boxes".
Ask non-origami people about paper mills, and someone will mention Fabriano. But do they also produce paper suitable for origami? Read our review on Ingres to find out.
Diagrams for the model Six Intersecting Pentagrams, plus an article on its history.
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By Shivaram Ananthanarayanan
Diagrams for a bell adorned with a peacock, inspired by traditional Indian bells.
by Francesco Mancini
Puzzles and Modular Origami have a lot in common. With both you get some units and must assemble them to get a 3D model. Here is an origami version for a classic Russian puzzle.
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by Andrew Hudson
One of the biggest questions in origami history has been, why did Yoshizawa's origami revolution come when it did? This article fills you in on the latest research and corrects some misconceptions.
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The analysis of a geometric construction for 1/3, and other fractions.

Issue 10, May–June, 2012

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Tessellations have become increasingly popular in origami. But it's not always easy to get started. This article introduces some videos that can help you on the way.
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Diagrams for a dustpan by Ronald Koh folded from a square.
Tomoko Fuse's newest book is exquisite and all about spirals!
Reviewed by Ancella Simoes
It's every complex folder's dream: Over 30 path-breaking models by the talented Vietnam Origami Group published in a new collection by Nicolas Terry.
The final installment of our 2012 convention newsletter, bringing a taste of the New York OrigamiUSA Annual Convention to everyone, thrice!
The second installment of our 2012 convention newsletter, bringing a taste of the New York OrigamiUSA Annual Convention to everyone, twice!
This is the first installment of our new convention newsletter, bringing a taste of the New York OrigamiUSA Annual Convention to everyone!
Eyal Reuveni reviews all 10 papers that Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne previously tested by folding Hideo Komatsu's lion from each paper type.
Nicolas Terry offers Tissue Foil in his online shop. Read here how it stood up to our tests! A small hint: you will not be disappointed when folding with this paper.
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Learn to fold a family of modular units that can create a wide variety of deltahedra, polyhedra whose faces are equilateral triangles.
By Tanja Pott
Diagrams for a forsythia flower designed by Tanja Pott that can be assembled into decorative branches.
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by Leyla Torres
This article presents diagrams and a video for folding a pre-Colombian frog.

Issue 9, March–April, 2012

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This 10 Unit Flower has two identical sides, and benefits greatly when folded from duo paper. It is based on a simple starting point for some other models, like the 8 Unit Ring.
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Nick Robinson
The 2012 BOS spring convention in Birmingham was dedicated to the founding members of the Society. This article offers a brief history of their involvement.
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by Sy Chen
Diagrams for a paper airplane by Sy Chen resembling Santa Claus.
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by Bennett Arnstein
Proof of Lewis Simon's construction for the trisection of the side of a square or the short side of a rectangle.
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Diagrams for a beaver, the mascot of MIT, designed by Brian Chan.
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by Arnold Tubis and Christopher Pooley
Tubis and Pooley explore \(n\)-sided generalizations of the masu and one of its many decorative-lids. Detailed video instructions are provided at the Origami Player site.
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by Sy Chen
Diagrams for a pop-up standing version of the traditional origami sailboat by Sy Chen.
Originally developed to minimize paper weight for air mail, Onion Skin paper offers many advantages for use in origami.
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by Joel Stern
Diagrams for a salmon designed by Joel Stern for a consulting project.
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Meenakshi Mukerji
30 pieces of paper are folded to make a modular version of the Compound of Five Octahedra model.
Learn the story behind the Google Doodle for March 14, 2012, which honored Akira Yoshizawa, and fold your own Google logo.
by Ilan Garibi
Can you cut paper with origami instead of scissors? While trying to design a 24 unit Stellated Octahedron, I got stuck with all the math involved and decided to make it simple - cut the intersected units by folding.

Issue 8, January–February, 2012

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Marcio Noguchi
A description of the history, expansion, and future of World Origami Days.
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by David Petty. Diagrammed by Nick Robinson
Diagrams for a \(60^\circ\) Modular Star by David Petty
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Thomas Hull
This wave model is fun to fold and has a lot of math in it!
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Diagrams for a heart variation based on a model by Edwin Corrie.
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A pleated cone sliced by multiple planes creates this geometric model reminiscent of a breaking wave.
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by Rikki Donachie
OrigamiUSA's 2011 Annual Collection included a peacock from Rikki Donachie made from a square. Here Rikki shares another peacock made from an A4 rectangle.
by Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, Liping Ma, Patsy Wang-Iverson
This paper presents a crease pattern for one-cut double happiness.
In this review we'll have a closer look at Kraft paper. If you are into complex folds, this might just be the perfect paper for your test folds.
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by Robert Orndorff
A compilation of quotes from attendees of the 2011 Pacific Coast Origami Convention in Bellevue, Washington.
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Diagrams for a classic puzzle, typically made of wood.
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by Robert Orndorff
Diagrams for a bracelet that appears woven.
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by Arnold Tubis, John Andrisan, and Christopher Pooley
Paper folding exercises involving the golden section of a line, the golden rectangle, and the golden triangle provide interesting geometry-teaching supplements.
by Ilan Garibi
Diagrams for a Star of David from 6 units.
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by Andrew Hudson
Andrew Hudson reports on the 15th Anniversary Origami Colombia Convention, November 11-14, in Cali, Colombia.