Review: Origami For Teachers Volume One

Authors: Ilan Garibi and Dáša ŠeverováNumber of pages: 139Price: £15.90Available: Amazon As somebody who regularly teaches origami to students both young and old I’m always excited to check out new books on the subject, especially when the authors have a high reputation. In the introductory section Origami is listed as providing cognitive benefits including translating […]

My Sunglasses…

René Ciampa wrote asking permission to teach one of my models (sunglasses), to which (of course) I said I’d be delighted. She writes: “I was called by eco-designer Franco Francesca to participate in a “talk show” entitled: the suitcase of stories. The event was created by the “Social Film Festival Artelesia” of Benevento, in the […]

Origami on HIGNFY

The British Origami Society magazine was featured for the second time on “Have I Got News For You”. I sent them some PDFs but they only chose one question about them in the main show. The extended highlights includes a quote from me. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001rbrx/have-i-got-a-bit-more-news-for-you-series-66-episode-1 Fast forward to 33.30 to see the moment.

Explore Math with Origami – review

By Marc Kirschenbaum & Daniel ScherPublisher: Fit to Print Pub.ISBN: 9781951146238146 pages, 254 x 203 x 8mm This is a collection of 40 origami projects aiming to teach mathematics through the geometry of folded paper. It covers the properties of triangles, parallelograms, rhombuses, folded from squares. Pentagons form beautiful multicolored patterns that can tile a […]

Shoko Aoyagi – Origami Play Essentials – review

24×19cm , 80pp, ISBN 978-4-8054-0320-4publisher: www.childbook.co.jp Intriguingly subtitled “Hajimeteno origami asobi for 1, 2 and 3 years old”, this is, to the best of my knowledge, the first origami book aimed at such a young age. Shoko is known and admired for her presentation of simple origami designs and this book includes many of her […]

Badges

I have a few origami badges, more coming soon!

Origami and Kirigami for the Home : Wei You

ISBN: 9781789940824 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) Oct 2022 Pages: 160,  A4 This book goes straight to the top of my “best presented” list – inside the cardboard cover was some pink decorated paper, inside that was some blue Japanese paper with a folded crane and a greetings card with a folded mode on it! The […]

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas from the Robinsons – here’s a new design by Nick for your Christmas Tree. Please send me a photo if you fold it! I’ve recorded an old festive Faure tune for the annual family video  

Geometric ideas

I’ve recently completed some work for a client based around geometric ideas. Here are some of the prototypes I sent them.

Cranes for Ukraine

To demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Ukraine and what can be achieved when communities come together, North Tyneside Art Studio will be making 10,000 yellow and blue Origami Cranes for a visually stunning installation at The Bridge Gallery at Tynemouth Station. In Origami, paper cranes are hugely symbolic representing peace and hope; the large […]

Valley & Mountain folds

The most basic origami technique is the valley fold. This is the type of fold that everyone does, whether or not they realise it. In origami, we often fold one edge to meet another edge, as shown here. The arrow in the first image indicates we’re taking the lower edge to the opposite edge. In […]

Diagramming

I get frequent emails requesting help with diagramming. here are a few guidelines to help budding authors and artists. Paper format A4 is the most common format, unless you live in the States. Diagrams can always be scanned and reduced in size, but enlarging them reduces the quality. If you don’t follow this format, the […]

Webcams, videos and Going Live!

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in studios, having my hand filmed as I fold. However, the amazing leaps in cheap technology now allow me to produce videos in-house to a high standard. While I still consider diagrams to be the purest form of recording a folding sequence, using them on conjunction […]

Folding Symbols

Origami diagrams make use of symbols so that you can follow instructions even if the words are in a different language. Learning these is a little like learning to read music (only much, much easier!) and the whole world of origami will open before your eyes. Here are some of the basic symbols.

Sequencing an origami diagram

It’s a subject dear to my heart so I hope you’ll excuse me if I bang on it yet again about the importance of sequencing in an origami diagram. As a beginner I assumed that there was a single way to make a model, determined by the creator. I learnt how wrong this was at […]

How to fold beautiful origami flowers this Spring

That is the title of an article by Prima magazine to which I recently contributed some words of wisdom and a few diagrams. They rang me up, did a short interview and I gave them a few diagrams for free, being the ruthless businessman that I am. Nice to see my good friend Judith Laing […]