Veiltail Angelfish (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Veiltail Angelfish (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)
Satoshi Kamiya's Veiltail Angelfish

This is a design which has been on my Origami To-Do list for quite some time, now. I have been putting it off for as long as I can remember because I know that I usually sit with complex models for a really long time to complete them.

This took me 4 hours over 2 Sundays to complete it – not folding it continuously. There are 114 steps in all, not counting the repeats – and this is where, I daresay, I got side-tracked and delayed the completion of it.

Pack Tissue-foil Papers - 24 sheets - 30x30cm (11.8

Paper to use:
This model is best folded with pliable, thin paper because of the numerous layers and folding techniques involved. I have folded my rendition in Metallic Foil paper which I purchased from Nicolas Terry’s – Pack Tissue-foil Papers – 24 sheets – 30x30cm (11.8″x11.8″) – measuring 30 cms in size, single side colored. I found it easy to fold and shape the model (note the ‘pleating’ for the fins) in the end with this paper.

How to Fold the Veiltail Angelfish:
The diagrams to this amazing design are in the Tanteidan Magazine # 120 which you can back order from Japan Origami Society as well as in Origami Works of Satoshi Kamiya 3. This is a complex design to fold and is not for beginners and those who are not experienced in folding sinks, collapses and other complicated folds / techniques.

The end result is really pretty and will make a nice show piece on your Origami shelf. I enjoyed folding this model, even though there were a lot of repetitions involved in the process. The ending steps for shaping the design is the main part of the folding process which gives this fish a very delicate characteristic.

Pre-Columbian Style Origami Frog (Design by Leyla Torres)

Pre-Columbian Style Origami Frog (Design by Leyla Torres)

I came across a new blog post by another origamist today, which I think is quite ingenious! It is easy to fold and whats more, the designer, Leyla Torres (of Origami Spirit), has taken the trouble of actually recording an instructional video on folding it, too!

Paper to use:
You can use Kami, tissue foil or any paper of your choice for this model. The folds are simple and if you follow the instructional video, you will be able to fold this frog quite easily.

I have used duo-colored (or rather, printed) Kami paper measuring approximately 8 inches in size. You can also use single-side colored paper to fold this model.

How to fold this pre-columbian style frog:
Leyla Torres, the designer has generously shared an instructional video on the folding sequence. You can find it below, too:

Yellowtail (Farmed) (Design by Katsuta Kyohei)

Yellowtail (Farmed) (Design by Katsuta Kyohei)
Yellowtail (Farmed) (Design by Katsuta Kyohei)

I have seen a few folds of this model on Flickr recently which tempted me to give folding this model a try. This is the first design of Katsuta Kyohei I attempted and this is also my first fold.

I have been wanting to fold this design for quite sometime now and for some reason have always been pushing it away – either the appropriate paper, time, and a load of other distractions. Choosing to fold this model on a lazy Sunday was a good decision because it felt good that I actually did end up folding a complex model instead of an easier one.

I am very happy with the way my rendition of Katsuta Kyohei’s Yellowtail Farmed fish has come out; this was my first fold of this design, too. 🙂

Paper to use:
This design makes use of color changes (see the belly of the fish) – so it would be wise to select paper which is duo colored i.e. colored both sides and one side preferably colored a different shade. For my folding, I used metallic Tissue foil paper which is considerably fine and makes it easy to give the final shaping touches. I had purchased this paper from Paper Source a few months ago.

If you do not have Tissue foil with you, I’d suggest kraft paper which is colored on both sides (different colors). The common origami paper will not give it a nice finish once you are done with your folding so that’s why I wouldn’t recommend that you use it. Washi paper might be a good option, but I haven’t given it a try. So, if you do, do let me know.

The finished model you see in the accompanying image has been folded from 35 cm sized square sheet of tissue foil paper. It has a slightly darker silvery-grey color on the other side which makes it quite alright to use in color changing models.

How to fold this model:
Katsuta Kyohei’s Yellowtail farmed fish diagrams are published in Origami Tanteidan Magazine # 116 – Vol 20, 2009. Other than this source, I do not know of any books in which it has been published. You can purchase the book (Vol 20, Issues 115 – 120) from Origami House Japan.

This is indeed a very nice model to fold and having ~83 steps its for folders who are comfortable with folding intermediate and slightly complex origami.

Marine Turtle (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Marine Turtles (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Marine Turtles (Design by Ancella Simoes)

This is a design I’ve come up with in response to ACT 13: BIOSPHERE – which is an online origami challenge on Facebook as part of Earth Day (April 22).

This is the first time I am participating in any Origami challenge and I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to get any design ideas for this event. I was invited to this challenge by David Martínez, who is known for his intricate tessellations and who also plans events for various causes he holds dear.

As you may already know, I have just started dabbling in designing my own origami designs and so far I have only attempted modular / geometric designs – requiring 18 sheets of paper or less. This is the first time I have designed a model from only one sheet of paper and that too, an animal / sea creature.

The Marine Turtles as they are commonly known are facing a dire threat of extinction with six out of the seven species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered. The seven species being – Flatback Turtle, Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Kemp’s Ridley Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle. As per World Wild Life:

Six of the seven species of marine turtles are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered, and the outlook is increasingly grim. In the Pacific, leatherbacks are heading for extinction, fast, and in the Mediterranean, green turtle numbers have plummeted.

All seven species of marine turtles are listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), thus international trade is prohibited amongst the 166 CITES member nations. Three of them are classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN RedList.

Many offspring, few survivors
Marine turtles appear to have the potential to reproduce abundantly: females can lay hundreds of eggs in one nesting season. But even under “natural” conditions, relatively few young turtles survive their first year of life.

Predators such as crabs, foxes, and birds often kill the hatchlings as they make their way from the nest to the sea, and when they reach the shallows, many more small turtles are taken by fish. When humans harvest turtle eggs, disturb or degrade nesting beaches, the scales become tipped even more heavily against young turtles.

Decades to reach maturity
It takes decades for surviving juveniles to reach maturity and start to breed, and adult turtles must live to reproduce over many years if the population is to thrive. But escalating mortality on the high seas, in the nets and long-lines of fishing fleets, and from pollution and disease, means fewer and fewer turtles are living long enough to reproduce.

Protection vital at all stages of the life cycle
Effective conservation means protecting turtles at all stages of their life cycle. Protecting nesting beaches calls for action at the local level, and protecting juvenile and adult turtles in oceanic waters calls for enforceable international agreements. It can work: in the Gulf of Mexico thirty years of conservation is helping Kemp’s ridley turtle to make a slow comeback. For other species, however, time is running out.

Folding this model:
I used the traditional waterbomb base to fold this model and then, most of the folds incorporated thereafter are spread folds, valley folds and then shaping for the shell. I wouldn’t call this design complicated by any stretch and I’m sure anyone who knows the basic folds can get by.

I experimented with a piece of paper measuring 3 inches in size and this is just because I wanted to see if my idea for the approach would work. my next try was with a sheet of paper measuring 5 7/8 inches which is more reasonable.

This design has no complicated steps such as sinks, or tricky rabbit ears, either. The end result depends a lot on the shaping you are able to give the model at the end of it. I have wet folded it (slightly towards the end, that is – I moistened the paper for the final touch up work) to give it it’s shape.

Eagle Ray (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Eagle Ray (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)
Eagle Ray (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

I wanted to fold something different this week, so I decided to fold Satoshi Kamiya’s Eagle Ray from his book – Works of Satoshi KAMIYA. I have not folded anything from this book, to tell you honestly, besides the ‘Yellow Bird‘. I find almost all of the models pretty intricate, complex and time consuming to hold. So I end up closing the book and looking for something else to fold.

Paper to use:
In the book, it is suggested that a square sheet of paper measuring 15cm x 15cm be used for this model. I used common Kami paper as this is my first fold of this model. You can try folding this with tant or any other thin paper of your choice, too. The kami paper I used in the image above is single-side colored i.e. grey on one side and white on the other. You need to start folding with the white side facing upwards (towards you). I have wet folded my rendition of the model to give it a more ‘swimming’ or ‘flowing’ look. This is of course, an optional step.

How to fold this model:
Works of Satoshi KAMIYA

As you would be very well aware by now, Satoshi Kamiya does not wish to have any instructional videos created / recorded of his work. So, in order to fold this model, you would need to have the book. This book, Works of Satoshi KAMIYA might I mention, is well worth it because it has a diagrams to a lot of complex models. The diagrams to the Bahamut Dragon, Ancient Dragon and Divine Boar are also included in this book. However, I should add that this book is for experienced folders only. There are no simple and lower intermediate models in it, at all – all of the models are complex.