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World Origami Days: Modular origami


Modular origami consists of models (often, but not always, geometrical shapes) made out of many origami units, usually joined through folding tabs and slots, not glue or tape.  In these examples (from Tomoko Fuse’s book “Unit Origami”, which I picked up at the Dogtown Book Shop) the units for each model are all identical.  These are the kinds of folds that make good, colorful Christmas tree ornaments.  If I do a class for Christmas tree origami, some simple modular origami will definitely be in the plan.

There are more complex designs that require two or more different kinds of modules for their construction.  The units themselves are usually fairly simple to fold, but they often can be combined in many different ways to make everything from simple tetrahedra and cubes to fantastically complicated interwoven geometrical wonders.  Try using your favorite internet search engine to look for images of “modular origami”, and prepare to be blown away.

- Fr. Matthew Green

World Origami Days: Tessellations

Not all origami is representational.  Paperfolding can also be used to produce geometric solids, patterns, etc.  Included in that category are “tessellations” – repeating geometric patterns folded into a single sheet of paper. The technique is often used for abstract geometric designs, but can also be used to give texture to surfaces on representational models.  The most spectacular example I know of this texturing effect is a dragon designed by the Japanese origami master Satoshi Kamiya.  Here’s a more simple example – photos of the two sides of a “waterbomb base” tesselation folded from a 10″ square of blue origami paper:

Next up: modular origami!

- Fr. Matthew Green

World Origami Days: Star Wars Origami

I promised to post on origami each day of the remaining World Origami Days (until Nov. 11). I’ll try to include a variety of themes and styles, to keep it interesting and informative.  There is a lot more to origami than just birds and paper airplanes! Here’s a small sample of what happens when you mix origami with Star Wars fandom. It’s an origami landspeeder!

I folded this from diagrams in the book by Chris Alexander, which I got as a birthday present from the people who work in our parish offices – my thanks to them all!

There’s actually quite a lot of Star Wars origami out there, ranging from the fairly simple (like many models in this book) to the highly complex, as you can see on the Starwarigami website.

Next up: abstract origami tessellations!

- Fr. Matthew Green