My friend and mentor W. Brown recently showed me a book he’d picked up for the bargain price of 75p in a charity shop. Entitled “The tale of Napkin Rabbit”, it tells the story of errr, a rabbit cunningly made from a napkin.  So far so average, I thought. Then he showed me the diagrams at the end showing how to fold said rabbit.

The challenge was to identify the diagrammer / creator of this classic. I had a couple of unsuccesful guesses before Wayne showed me the credits. My flabber has never been so gasted! This person (who shall remain nameless for his credibility, I’ll refer to him as “Seth”) was indeed well known to me (and the rest of the o-world) as an origami artist of the highest order.

Written in 1993, I can only think that “Seth” was down on his uppers and going through a spell where he questioned everything that was good about origami, for this model comes from a very dark place, origamically speaking. An alternative explanation was that he only had about 15 minutes to complete this commission. Judge for yourselves! I’d be fascinated to hear your own guesses as to the identity of “Seth”.

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    1. That’s the author, but not the artist who created the rabbit – you’d have to buy the book and read the credits…

      Nobody seems to have the slightest idea, yet it’s a VERY famous author and not me!

  1. OK …OK …I confess. It was me!
    I can’t remember much about it these 25-years later, but to the best of my recollection, I was told someone was writing a story in which a napkin rabbit was the hero and would I design it. t was probably an afternoon’s work, a hundred quid and onto the next masterpiece.
    In these jobs, in which someone has already decided they want a specific something, one just does one’s professional best, knowing that if one says ‘no thank you’, one loses one’s work to some oik Oop Noarth. 🙂
    Paul Jackson (for it was him)

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