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The Fold 2014

Issue 25, November–December, 2014

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.
15 years ago, Cheng Chit just decided to become an origami designer; and so he did. With experience in naval architecture and engineering, he developed his unique techniques to use for his own origami creations. read on to get to know more design secrets from him!
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Diagrams for a simple scorpion in preying position.
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The story of a process developed for folding rigid wood laminate, with crease patterns, images, and recipes.
The fifth chapter in my ongoing coverage of CDO conventions is a special one, as I was one of the special guests this time. This report is more on the personal note, from my preparations, to the flight back.
Here are diagrams for a ten unit star, titled with "74". Try your hand with this star, and read more to understand the name of this model, by Francesco Mancini.
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by Raymond P. Yeh
Diagrams for an artistic wind swept tree by Raymond P. Yeh.
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Diagrams for a geometric, two-sheet, 3D tree for the holiday season.
Biotope is the second paper we are reviewing in our mini series of Japanese papers. It's very versatile!
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Diagrams for the solid version of the Compound of 5 Tetrahedra aka the 47th Stellation of the Icosahedron, similar to the very popular frame version by Tom Hull/Francis Ow, known as Five Intersecting Tetrahedra or FIT. Some mathematics has been discussed as well.
Ekaterina Lukasheva loves origami because it is a puzzle for her to solve. She has many original models, most of which are kusudamas, her favorite. She will be the Guest of Honor at the December 2014 CDO convention.

Issue 24, September–October, 2014

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by Wendy Zeichner
The "Surface to Structure: Folded Forms" exhibit held at The Cooper Union was a win-win for origami and a new curator, student Uyen Nguyen.
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Two 3D tessellations: a brick wall and an octahedral-tetrahedral truss network.
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Diagrams for a 30-unit modular design by Ekaterina Lukasheva.
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A quick and easy method of folding a heptagon by Jacques Justin and some related discussions. Francesco Mancini found the method in a pile of letters and notes that he inherited from Roberto Morassi's origami archive.
A book review for "Practigami," a compilation book of models with practical value designed by many folders.
This article, as well as the next five, are dedicated to Japanese papers. First up: the iridescent paper Karaperapisu!
Diagrams for various decorative cubes based on Froebel designs applied to blintzed windmill bases.
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by Jean Baden-Gillette
Diagrams for the 2014 OrigamiUSA Holiday Gift.
Unlike her models, Anja is petite only on the outside. She tells us about her bold steps to become a professional origami artist, and her special ability to fold a 18 mm square into a rat. You can also read my attempt to fold miniatures under Anja's guidance, a unique experience I totally failed.

Issue 23, July–August, 2014

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by Joseph Fleming
Diagrams for a Sailboat on the sea by Joseph Fleming.
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Diagrams for a 6 unit cube with hearts on all faces and two specially colored diagonally opposite vertices. 24-unit assemblies are possible and left as challenge.
Japan is a must for every Origamist out there. With JOAS celebrating 20 conventions, Yamaguchi-san 70 birthdays, and I am soon to be 50, is there a better time to check off a Japanese convention from my wish list?
The sixth International Meeting of Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education was truly the best place to expand your fields of interest around origami, even into art, design and philosophy. Here is my own experience at that conference.
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Diagrams for a not-super-simple, not-super-complex dragon, seeking to find a middle ground in dragon complexity.
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Diagrams for a 30-unit modular design by Ekaterina Lukasheva of Russia.
In this review we are taking a closer look at O-Gami by Paper Circle, a paper specifically designed for complex origami models. Read here whether it meets the brief.
Francesco Mancini is easy to spot. Just look for the smile hovering above you, and the best looking modular that accompanies it. From Italy, Mancini is answering my questions to let you get to know him better.
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Diagrams for a simple, eight-piece modular ring.
by Enrique Martinez
Here are diagrams for the easyphant. Not only do its ears flap, but it transforms into a flying swan. For the 2014 OrigamiUSA Convention Oversize Folding event, Easyphant was recognized as a model that "more than meets the eye."

Issue 22, May–June, 2014

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Tridecagon, also known as the triskaidecagon, is a 13-sided polygon. There are several origami methods already available for folding the tridecagon but the simplicity of my approach may be of interest to people. You may use the tridecagon to transpose origami designs based on other regular polygons.
This is my first convention as a guest of honor. With around 35 guests, placed in the heart of Krakow, the convention is like a family-gathering. The organizers, the Burczyks, focused the convention on the topic "Origami is Art."
The 2014 Convention Monday Newsletter, bringing the convention to you!
The 2014 Convention Sunday Newsletter, bringing the convention to you!
The 2014 Convention Saturday Newsletter, bringing the convention to you!
So you want to be a professional origamist? Here are some ideas on how to improve your chances.
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Diagrams for a 30 piece modular design by Natalia Romanenko of Moldova.
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The origins of origami in Japan are lost in the mists of history, but we have surprisingly good records of paper-folding from over a thousand years ago in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.
El Gringo Loco's detailed, illustrative and charming discussion of his participation in eating and folding at Origami Colombia 2013 may well double the registration for 2014.
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Diagrams for a 30-unit modular design by Ekaterina Lukasheva of Russia.
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A sunk-side elbow design is used to create a variety of models: Star Block models in particular. This method has the potential for much creative work!
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Diagrams for a Sakura Star by Ali Bahmani designed to be viewed from both sides.
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by Raymond P. Yeh
Diagrams for a minimalist baby whale designed by Raymond P. Yeh.

Issue 21, March–April, 2014

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Diagrams for a sitting dog named Timber designed by John Szinger.
This past April I spent 19 days in Japan. Is there any origamist who has never dreamed to visit Japan? Although this trip was not meant to be about origami, it is always part of your trip in the land of the rising sun!
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Toyoaki Kawai’s method of making a pentagon from a square is a widely used one. This article demonstrates how to extend his method to a decagon and shows examples of transpositions of well known designs to pentagons and decagons.
In this special paper review Giang Dinh, Beth Johnson and Robert Lang share their favorite paper for some of their designs.
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by Irina Reutskaya
Diagrams for a 30-piece modular design by Irina Reutskaya of Russia.
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An essay about origami designer Seth Friedman's experiences involving reading and folding from Crease Patterns.
Christiane Bettens, known in the virtual sphere as Mélisande, is a unique person and folder who prefers the less traveled path, exploring the field of tessellations, quilts, boxes, and geometric models.
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Diagrams for a two piece modular star designed by Sy Chen that can rotate to change form.
A book review for "Origami Flowers," an English language book by Kazuo Kobayashi including floral presentation advice.
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This time Francesco presents us with 3D puzzle. Can you make a pyramid out of those building blocks?

Issue 20, January–February, 2014

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by Daniel Reutsky
Diagrams for a 30-piece modular design by Daniel Reutsky of Russia.
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A recounting of a few unexpected connections between people and events during a journey through the world of origami.
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by Linda Marlina
Diagrams for a wedding dress designed by Indonesian folder Linda Marlina.
by Nobuko Okabe
This article introduces readers to Star Festival, Variation 1, a model made with 16 units.
Only a few people seem to have folded with Clean Room Paper, but especially for intermediate models it is a serious contender.
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Diagrams for a 30-piece modular design by Maria Vakhrusheva of Russia.
A convention report from the first OASIS convention in Israel.
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An article about folding images using large grids and hundreds of reverse folds.
Once again, a classic puzzle is origamized. Using building blocks from a trapezium there are many figures you must try to assemble, one of which is a four times larger Trapezium!
A book review of Rikki Donachie's book "It's Just a Bit of Paper: Vol. 1."
There are too few origami artists who decide to make their living out of folded paper. One of them is Mark Bolitho, whom I met in Saragossa as one of the BOS representatives in the first European Congress. This is a story of a man who took a bold step to follow his heart!