Origami

I have been making quite a bit of origami – more than a thousand creations. I have made 3 complex origami creations so far: a rabbit (Hsi-Min Tai), a fiery dragon (Kade Chan) and a beetle (Jo Nakashima).

If you want to try some origami for yourself, I highly recommend you start with easy models first!

Most stationary places will sell origami paper. You can also cut your own paper, though it is hard to get them square. We also make some of our own paper, including tissue foil.

The general rule of all origami is one square piece of paper, no cuts, no glue, no tape. All origami in this post follows that rule – except for the curlicues at the end which are made from long tapered strips.

I use tutorials on YouTube and some books. Here are a few of the results.

Beetle. Design - Jo Nakashima
Beetle. Design – Jo Nakashima
Beetle (underneath). Design - Jo Nakashima
Beetle (underneath). Design – Jo Nakashima
Rabbit. Design -
Rabbit. Design – Hsi-Min Tai
Butterfly. Design: Michael LaFosse
Butterfly. Design – Michael LaFosse
Butterfly. Design: Michael LaFosse
Butterfly. Design – Michael LaFosse
Rose - Toshikazu Kawasaki
Rose. Design – Toshikazu Kawasaki
Dragonflies. Design - own.
Dragonflies. Design – own.
Scorprion. Design - Józef Zsebe
Simple scorpion. Design – Józef Zsebe
US$1 moth. Design: Jeremy Shafer
US$1 moth. Design – Jeremy Shafer
Snail. Design - traditional
Snail. Design – traditional
Zeplora origami stingray IMG_0821
Sting ray. Design – Duy Nguyen
Rabbit. Design - Jun Maekawa
Rabbit. Design – Jun Maekawa
Hedgehog, in progress.Hedgehog. Design - Paulius Mielinis
Hedgehog, in progress. Design – Paulius Mielinis
Hedgehog. Design - Paulius Mielinis
Hedgehog. Design – Paulius Mielinis
Fiery dragon -
Fiery dragon – Kade Chan
Copepod. Design - own.
Copepod. Design – own.
Backswimmer. Design - own.
Backswimmer. Design – own.
Curlicues. Design - Assia Brill
Curlicues. Design – Assia Brill
Curlicue. Design - Assia Brill
Curlicue. Design – Assia Brill
Curlicue. Design - Assia Brill
Curlicue. Design – Assia Brill

One of my favourite YouTube channels is by Tadashi Mori . I have also started on of my own, see here.

Several books I have found especially good are:


Genuine origami: 43 Mathematically-based models, from simple to complex
 – Jun Maekawa


Curlicue: Kinetic origami
 – Assia Brill


Michael LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies
– Michael LaFosse

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