The Fold 2021

Issue 65, July–August, 2021

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A one-on-one regatta in a simple origami model.
A ghost for summer folding that was designed on Valentine’s Day.
by Gay Merrill Gross
Laura Kruskal gave the author a precious set of hina dolls, which led to this story.
by Theodore Pomeroy
Thoughts on some of the early origami books in the author’s collection and more.

Issue 64, May–June, 2021

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by Sebastien Limet
One of a series of designs that Sebastien Limet created from surgical masks.
by Shriram Patki
A real bird whose mythological story goes back more than 1500 years.
An essay on the design possibilities of multiple blintzes.
by Patsy Wang-Iverson and Wendy Zeichner
A lovely e-book — free to download — of crowns and memories.
A “Hobbit”-worthy dragon to fold and a discourse on various blintzed bases and their usefulness.
by Linda Marlina Lookman
An orchid with a leaf to create an arrangement.
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by Wendy Zeichner
The late Linda Bogan’s favorite diagrams and recipes in an e-book for OrigamiUSA members.
A card that pops open to reveal a message of love and gratitude.
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by Mahyar Hosien Khani
A seven-unit modular ring with an interesting collapse.
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by Shriram Patki
A sitting dog based on an earlier elephant design by the creator.
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Diagrams for an icosahedral design made with 30 quick-to-fold units from squares. The look is rather festive, and hence the name. You can fold the with thematic colors of the season to fit right in.
by Ushio Ikegami
This is the only diagrammed origami model that simulates a true mathematical fractal. It makes a pyramid shape with many branches. No one has yet successfully folded a version without cutting the paper; the version in the picture (folded by the author) was made by carefully cutting the crease pattern into several pieces, folding these using the recursive folding instructions, and then gluing them back together. The challenge of folding recursive diagrams as well as the dexterity involved to not destroy the paper easily put this model in the supercomplex category.

Issue 63, March–April, 2021

Two models from India: a pastry for Holi (shown) and hands in a gesture of greeting.
For the box enthusiast: a new collection with decorative lids.
A gift box that pops open in the most delightful way.
An elegant model by a creator who began designing when she was home in the pandemic.
Did you know that the A ratio has two distinct definitions? Edward Holmes offers a cheerful explanation.
The blintz fold from the early 18th century to the present, and how it has opened up possibilities for more complex origami design.
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by Thomas Cooper
There is a family of geometric solids, one of which is illustrated in a famous engraving by Albrecht Dürer, that poses some interesting origami challenges.
A tetrahedral gift box with a secure closure and a loop for hanging.
A box that opens with a pull and springs closed ... along with a variation.
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An Icosidodecahedron with sunken triangular faces based on a simple unit. Made from 12 pentagons, it is definitely meant for people who like challenges!
Another volume of complex figurative models from the press of Nicolas Terry.
Learn more about a designer of exquisite kusudamas, and try your hand at folding one.

Issue 62, January–February, 2021

Photo diagrams and an instructional video of this adorable baby penguin offer a challenging and satisfying folding experience for seasoned folders.
by Alireza Mohammadsalehi (Mesra')
A dog with lots of personality that can stand or be glued to a card.
Learn about these delightful monthly folding meetings hosted by Gerardo Gacharná via Zoom, of course.
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A rabbit-lover's take on Valentine’s Day.
The first installment of a series on the history of the blintz fold.
An innovative book of color-change models that exploits the technique to the fullest.
by Will Lacker
As many as a third of the animal species in the world are beetles, and here’s a new one that you can fold.
A “placemask,” perfect for a socially distanced gathering.
More a textbook than a typical book of diagrams, “Six Simple Twists” is a comprehensive guide for tessellation lovers.
An eight-piece modular based on the traditional sailboat.