Tuesday, 29 January 2013


[Insert witty/surprised comment about posting twice in one week here]. Yes, as it has become apparent in my origami years, the activity comes in waves. Sometimes I have too much time on my hands and origami is the best outlet or other times I don't have time but it somehow injects itself into my life anyways. Then sadly there are the times in between those where I really am too busy or I really am "too busy" (aka lazy). Well, at the moment, it seems there's a nice balance between being busy and being lazy so I have managed to get some origami into my days.

That being said, I may have stumbled upon one of the easiest kusudamas out there. For two reasons. One: each unit requires only two folds. Unreal! And two: it kind of cheats. Majorly cheats actually. It breaks one of the main rules of origami in fact. Glue! But I'm over that whole 'no scissors, no glue' thing. That's just a bonus if it follows the rules. In the end, if it looks badass and has the geometry to back it up then it's a win (and therefor counts as origami).

Anyways, that was a lot of blabbing and not a lot of getting-on-with-it... Here's the COFO kusudama by Falk Brito. It is built up of these cute little roundish triangular pyramids which are made of the simplest two-fold units. 20 triangular pyramids, 3 units each, 60 7x5 pieces of paper yield this simple but pretty model. 

I think the paper works with this model - it gives it that extra touch of extravagance. Thanks to my friend Ashley who gave the paper to me in a random act of superkindness!

Sunday, 27 January 2013


Surprise! The blog is still alive! In a spree of procrastination, I found myself browsing Youtube (as one does), and came across a great and magical origami project which I couldn't resist attempting. After months of posting hiatus, I shall happily present it to you now. The Revealed Flower by Gonchar Valentina has a lovely hidden secret within it that is best presented not in still images but in a .gif!

As you can see, this clever design starts off as a... Actually, I don't know what this polyhedron is called. I'll call it a penta-pyramid dodecahedron for now and if anyone could enlighten me, that would be excellent. Anyways, yeah, pretty little flowers pop up from this penta-pyramid dodecahedron to create something even more complex, that I won't even try to identify! In the dreary month of January, it is nice to think of Spring.

Though the effect is cute with the multiple colours, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I could have had the inside-surprise colour to just be a single one rather than six. Too bad I don't have 60 pieces of the same coloured paper. Other observations: not the cleanest of models, but it's been a while! And forgive me for photographing on my work table - coffee ring stains and cutting marks abound. Now, to end off, I'll say that I do have work to post... It's just a matter of documenting. So if you really are bored, check back from time to time and there may be another surprise in it for you. Maybe. Ta!