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The Fold 2015

Issue 31, November–December, 2015

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.
While folding with this paper can be challenging, the results are stunning due to the paper's beautiful texture.
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Diagrams for a 30-unit Sonobe type design with color change. Other assemblies such as 3, 6, 12 or larger number of units are possible as well.
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Diagrams for two holiday themed models by Rob Snyder.
by Lori Gregory
The second in a series of articles highlighting Community Origami Groups (COGs). This spotlight focuses on PAPER, the Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable.
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by Nobuko Okabe
Following up on her puff ring and 3D variations in the September-October 2015 issue of The Fold, Nobuko Okabe now offers us an eight-pointed starburst flower and its puffy cousin.
Search for Metal Origami, and Tine De Ruysser's name comes first. I was able to meet her at the 6th International Meeting on Origami Science, Mathematics and Education. She is a designer first, and only then an origamist. Her answers to my questions tell a unique story of creativity and beauty.
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Diagrams for a Box by Ali Bahmani.
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Ekaterina "Kate" Lukesheva, profiled in the November-December 2014 issue of The Fold offers us diagrams for another modular creation, Floramia.
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A brief history of origami as a therapy tool along with personal experiences of folding for rehabilitation.
This paper has a beautiful texture. As to how it folds? In summary: like Elephant Hide, just thinner!
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Diagrams for a 30 unit modular design.

Issue 30, September–October, 2015

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by Joseph Fleming
Diagrams for a winter holly designed by Joseph Fleming.
A book review for the origami compilation book, "Origami Masters: Bugs".
Diagrams for a peacock with color change, released in open access to celebrate the World Origami Days 2015.
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Diagrams for a spinable top by Ali Bahmani, folded from a pentagon.
by Patricia Grodner
This is the first in a series of articles highlighting Community Origami Groups (COGs). This spotlight focuses on AOS, the Albuquerque Origami Society.
by Vishwas Deval
Diagrams for an Indian emblem designed by Vishwas Deval.
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Diagrams for a simple 5 or 6 unit sturdy modular design.
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by Jean Baden-Gillette
Diagrams for the 2015 OrigamiUSA Holiday Gift.
by Nobuko Okabe
Nobuko Okabe offers us some more beautiful modular models she has created. She also discusses and acknowledges how different artists can create the same origami model.
Browsing on Facebook, I did a double take. It was origami, but I could see immediately it was a different type of origami than I am used to seeing. It was original, creative, and most of all, unique. I am glad to present to you Portuguese architect and talented origami creator: João Charrua.

Issue 29, July–August, 2015

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An up and coming origami artist, Ryan Dong offers a model of a simple pumpkin in time for Halloween.
by David Donahue
Diagrams for a decorative fall leaf by David Donahue.
This paper has a beautiful texture, but comes at a price. While it's great for intermediate models, it's too thick for complex ones.
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Diagrams for an octagonal star with color change, from a single uncut square. Also included is a variation of the star.
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by Hans Dybkjær
This article tells the tale of the higher spheres of oranges and apples: How I got there, and how to make them.
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By Tammy Dong
Diagrams for two dollar bill fox variations designed by Tammy Dong.
by Vishakha Apte
A book review for "Money-Gami," a collection of money folds designed by Gay Merrill Gross.
This time we're testing Rhinoceros Hide! It stays true to its name, showing it doesn't just look good in animal models, but also folds well. More surprisingly, it's a nice option for larger tessellations, too.

Issue 28, May–June, 2015

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Francesco was our first Guest of Honor, and his present to us was a 6 unit Star of David, called after our organization - OASIS.
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Building Block Units (BBU) are a new family of modular origami units, with over one hundred different interlocking module designs.
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by Nguyen Quang Do Lisa
Diagrams for a heart with wings designed by Nguyen Quang Do Lisa.
Only six years ago, this designer had no original model, although he was folding for 32 years. Then, something happened, and he crossed the line into creativity. The process he went through is unique, and the results surprised even himself. Let me present you - myself.
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by Milind Oka
Diagrams for two more bird model, a sparrow and parrot, by Milind Oka.
Bonn or Barcelona? This was the last battle on European grounds and for me it was Bonn. Here are some of my impressions from my first green tagged German origami convention.
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by Meenakshi Mukerji & Ittai Hacohen
The 3-unit Sonobe hexahedron (Toshie's Jewel) and the 12-unit Sonobe octahedral assembly are well known Sonobe constructions. But did you know that you can also construct the former with double the number of units, and the latter with half the number of units, i.e., both shapes from 6 units?
OASIS is a new origami group, and its second convention was the first to include Francesco Mancini, well known for his puzzles on The Fold. This was the first convention for him as a guest of honor. Read his report to understand how a convention is done in the Israeli way.
The first in a series on origami diagramming, this video focus on using Inkscape, a free vector drawing program, to draw origami crease patterns precisely.

Issue 27, March–April, 2015

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Diagrams for a floral modular designed by Ekaterina Lukasheva.
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by Hadi Tahir
Diagrams for a the traditional pirate symbol designed by Hadi Tahir.
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A discussion of an alternate Sonobe Unit assembly which produces a surprisingly different result than the conventional one. Diagrams included.
The 2010 CDO convention was my first international convention. Coincidentally, it was just the same for Allesandra, a young enthusiastic folder. Read here what process she went thorough since than, to become a young, enthusiastic creator!
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by Milind Oka
Diagrams for two water fowl models folded from squares, a swan and duck, by Milind Oka.
For those late night hours, when you want to keep on folding, but your mind is at a mental retention limit. I want to share my incomplete list of origami games for your paper enjoyment.
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Narong Krined
Diagrams for a beautiful 12 or 30 unit Sonobe Variation.
This paper's beautiful texture is an absolute eye-catcher. Its properties make it perfect for 3D shaping, as well as models of intermediate complexity.
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A copy of the long-lost chapter on design from "The Complete Book of Origami."

Issue 26, January–February, 2015

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by Patty Grodner
OrigamiUSA exists because of the tireless effort of volunteers whose work sometimes goes unnoticed. This article recognizes the volunteer leaders of OrigamiUSA in 2014.
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by Milind Oka
Diagrams for two money fold models, a box with lid and duck, by Milind Oka.
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A personal account of Wonderfold 2014 in Mumbai, India, a convention and exhibition hosted by Origami Mitra from Dec 11-14th.
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by Jérémy Duez
Diagrams for a dragon designed by Jérémy Duez.
by Clifford Jones
A progressive crease pattern for a box-pleated house with latticed windows by Clifford Jones.
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by Joel Stern
Diagrams for a multi-sheet house designed by Joel Stern for use in developmental psychology.
by Patty Grodner
Patty Grodner, organizer of the 2013 PCOC in Albuquerque, writes about her experiences during her first year serving on the OrigamiUSA Board of Directors.
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Diagrams for TIM the Beaver, the mascot of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, by alumna Michelle Fung class of 2013.
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Diagrams for a beautiful 12 or 30 unit modular.
Golden River (aka "Leather Paper") is the third Japanese paper in our mini series. Its beautiful texture is beautiful, but not its only selling point!