Am back!

Taj Mahal - Agra, India
Taj Mahal - Agra, India

My hubby and I had gone on a vacation to India for a month – almost the entire month of February. We had a fabulous time, met up with family and friends, attended two family weddings and all-in-all was a very hectic but fun trip.

The highlight of our trip this time was a road trip we made to Agra to see the famous Taj Mahal in all its glory. Even though we had to wake up up really early to beat the traffic and the fact that we were practically on our toes the whole day, the time spent was every bit worth it. The monument is breath taking both from a distance and up close. Once can only imagine what it looked while when it was first built with all the precious stones and artistic finery.

Coming back to Origami, I managed to teach a few of my cousins and other family members a few origami traditional models. Most of them were fast learners with the exception of my hubby who always got every alternate fold wrong 🙂

Since I am now back in Atlanta, I will be folding regularly and posting stuff on this blog. I am eagerly waiting to fold something from the new VOG book I received just before I left for India – so my next post is definitely going to be a model from that book.

Hope you all are having a great weekend out there, too!

Links: Origami Calendar, Christmas Special origami, Conventions, and more origami books and news

This is a post round up news and releases in the Origami world – well things that caught my eye, anyway, and which I found interesting. 🙂

Calendar 2012 - La Justa de las Gárgolas

Calendar 2012 – La Justa de las Gárgolas: This is one great Origami themed calendar which is available in Nicolas Terry’s shop, and what’s more, is that it’s a free e-book which is available for download! This calendar is made with the colaboration of the various artists who participated in the recently held competition by Eric Madrigal in honor of Monsieur Eric Joisel. The images in the calendar is from this online competition / Joust and is in color. The designs are truly awesome with works from various Origami artists showcased for each month of the year. This is a great calendar to have for all you Origami Enthusiasts.

 

Oribana Calendars : These are designed by Katrin and Yuri Shumakov and are easy to make and very simple in concept. They double up as pencil & pen holders for your desk in addition to being a desk calendar.

 

Convention: 29th CDO 2011: Garibi Ilan has done a good write up on the CDO convention held this year. Special at this convention was a Origami themed fashion show with all ‘garments’ made out of paper! There was a well stocked Origami shop at the convention, too with all the latest origami books and papers. Another great display at the convention was Paul Hassenforder’s ceiling to floor tessellations – truly amazing!

 

Addendum Revista

Addendum Revista “4 Esquinas N°7” : Christmas Special: This is a Christmas Special e-book of the popular 4 Esquinas magazine. It contains diagrams and color images of the finished model of David Martinez’s Double Star or Estrella Doble. This is a fabulous design for the Christmas Season and uses a hexagon shaped paper to create the star.

Also included in this magazine is a mention of the new Competition / Joust hosted by Eric Madrigal. This time – for the year 2012 – it will be held in honor of Tomoko Fuse – for her immense contribution to the Origami World. You can visit Eric Madrigal’s Special blog post about this competition for more details. There are multiple categories in the competition and the rules, details and timelines are all included in this blog post.

 

Exquisite Modular Origami: Meenakshi Mukerji has come out with yet another book, based on modular designs. So if you are into modulars and a fan of her work, this is definitely a book you should get your hands on. Her designs have a distinct aesthetic look to it and the best part is that her folding sequence is quite easy to follow and simple.

 

Hoàng Tiến Quyết’s Santa Claus: This brilliant origami designer has drawn up the diagrams to his ingenious model – Santa Claus. He has shared photo diagrams of the folding sequence on the Vietnam Origami Group forum.

 

Oriland Magic Star: This is a new book by Katrin and Yuri Shumakov and is a book on action models. To be more precise, it is more of action star models. 🙂 It makes use of both strips of paper as well as square sheets of paper to fold these pretty stars. The authors say its intermediate level designs and can be folded by experienced folders.

Links: Fir trees, Christmas stars, VOG’s book release and more

Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

I have not been folding a lot lately and that is largely due to the fact that I was preparing for an exam and planning a weekend trip to Los Angeles. My hubby & I did end up in Los Angeles last weekend and we had a good time.

We visited Little Tokyo which is a historic district near downtown LA – it is a pretty Japanese themed place where one would be engulfed in Sushi bars, Japanese Kimono and gift shops and really good bakeries. We loved the place and it is one of the highlights of our trip. I managed to do a bit of shopping there and this haul consisted of Origami papers – Kami and Tant from one of the shops in Little Tokyo. I am quite pleased with my loot.

#5 VOG - 50 hours of Origami +

I got back home to find that a lot of things have been published / shared during the last few weeks from various Origamists.

One of the best updates I found was that the much anticipated book – #5 VOG – 50 hours of Origami + – was finally released by Nicolas Terry. You can now purchase it from his online Origami-Shop.com. This book is a collection of designs from members of the Vietnam Origami Group (hence the abbreviation VOG) and has designs ranging from intermediate to complex. It is the first time that such a collection book has been compiled and Nicolas Terry mentions that the effort took approx 3 years by the entire team involved.

Christmas Fir Tree: Sara Adams has recorded yet another instructional video on a magnificent model, in time for the upcoming Holiday Season. It’s none other than Francesco Guarnieri’s Fir tree and this model can be easily folded if you carefully follow the instructions and have the patience. A lot of origamists have already started folding fir trees, preparing for Christmas. You require 5 sheets of Origami paper in all, of varying sizes.

Humprecht’s Star: Tine Blasek has folded some really pretty stars which will make an ideal decoration for the Holiday Season. She has also generously shared the instructions for them.

Sparkle Kusudama: Tadashimori who is well known for his instructional videos on youtube has designed a star themed Sparkle Kusudama for which he has also recorded an instructional video. This can make a very pretty tree topper or left as decoration by itself.

Virgin Mary & Baby Jesus: This is an very nice design and will make a very pretty hanging. This is a rendition of Our Lady of Aparecida who is the patron Saint of Brazil. However, this version has baby Jesus in Her arms and Leyla Torres (of OrigamiSpirit) has also shared instructions on folding baby Jesus as well as ideas on how to make the halo.

These are some of the articles and designs which I found really interesting these past couple of weeks and so I thought of sharing them with you. I am also waiting for my VOG book to reach me along with a handful of special papers I ordered.

Have a great weekend!

Links: Sparrow CP, Fox Diagrams, new VOG and JOAS Tanteidan # 17

Fox (Designed and folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)
Fox (Designed & folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)

I haven’t posted in a while even though I have started folding a few models. I have got stuck in the same rut of starting to fold designs but not coming around to finishing them… sigh!

These are a few diagrams and books which have been released in the last few weeks and which can be accessed or downloaded with the generous permission of the authors and designers.

Origami Fox – This is probably one of the popular and well known diagrams of Hoàng Tiến Quyết – his origami Fox. The diagrams are intermediate by nature and are also available in The Fold (OrigamiUSA’s Online magazine). However, for those of you who are not members, you can refer to the diagrams on the Vietnam Origami Group site.

Sparrow (CP) – For those of you who simply love a challenge, you can give this Crease Pattern a try – Kade Chan’s Sparrow – which he has generously shared on his Flickr profile. It uses the box pleating technique and Kade Chan‘s version has been folded from a square piece of paper measuring 25 cms. The finished model is approx 10 cms in all.

The Original Works of Alex Kimball

New papers and Books – Nicolas Terry has been stocking up his origami store with a wide variety of paper and articles in the last few weeks. As many of you will already know, he has got a good stash of Origamido papers of varying colors which can be purchased online only through his website.

Another new arrival in his store is – The Original Works of Alex Kimball – which was released recently. This is a collection on hand drawn diagrams of Black Bear (also on the cover page), Hammerhead Shark, Pelican, Rabbit, Springbok, Gorilla, Lynx and lastly ‘Bird in Flight’. I have never folded any of Alex’s designs but based on the models in this book, his folding sequence looks like fun and challenging, too.

JOAS Tanteidan # 17 – The latest JOAS Tanteidan – Tanteidan #17 – is also available for pre-order. There is no news as to the model list which will be published in this edition. But being the Tanteidan Magazine, it will be worthwhile to get your hands on this book while stocks last. The tentative date for availability on Origami-Shop is August 26th 2011; there are 50 models expected to be included in this book of complex level of difficulty.

This edition is sure to bring a lot of challenging designs to readers and as usual, it is a highly anticipated book with a ‘must-have’ tag attached to it. There will be a mix of diagrams and crease Patterns as with all other Tanteidan Books. However, since it is a Tanteidan Book, the models / designs in this book will undoubtedly be higher intermediate to complex and therefore will be ideal for experienced folders.

For those of you who are eagerly waiting for the model list, it should be declared sometime around the JOAS Convention which is August 13 – 14.

VOG’s Origami book – There is another book, the compilation of which is currently in progress, and which is sure to make the list of many origamists’ shopping lists out there – #5 VOG – 50hrs Origami – by the Vietnam Origami Group. If you are a member or a regular visitor to their forum, you would know that there are many gifted origamists in that group. A lot of the designs are challenging and very complex in nature. Some of the designers also share the diagrams to their designs freely through the forum.

This book is a collection of models ranging from animals, fantasy characters, flowers and more. So far it has been revealed that there will be just one insect in this book and there will be no pre-order option. Nicolas Terry has promised that his store will carry a large stock of it, so there will always be a chance to buy it without having to wait for it to be re-stocked.

Included in this book are diagrams to 29 models ranging from simple to super complex and 4 Crease Patterns. The tentative date of publication is Fall 2011 and the language medium will be French and English.

Links: Origami Mohalia diagram, Eric Joisel’s tribute book, Dalas Dimitris’ Origami Creations and the Sakura Star Tessellation

Mohalia (Design by Ancella Simoes) - Top View
Mohalia (Design by Ancella Simoes) - Top View

I am really pleased that my first origami design – Mohalia – got published in an online magazine. I’m absolutely over the moon about it and I hope some of you would take time to fold my design. It is a simple design to fold and requires only 16 sheets of paper.

Reference fold #2

I have also been trying to think of what to fold next, with the half finished models still lying around the place and thinking of other origami projects which I am wanting to start off with. So I really haven’t got anywhere in terms of progress and I am hoping this weekend, I will get around to doing something.

Reference fold #2: My design – ‘Mohalia’ – is a floral origami pattern based on the dahlia flower and consists of 16 interlocked units. I had submitted this design to Joshua Goutam for his online Magazine – Reference fold #2 – a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to see it in the latest copy of his magazine.

I have got another of my diagrams submitted to OrigamiUSA, for which I am awaiting confirmation for publishing. I have only just started designing and diagramming, so it takes me a long time and there are many iterations with the portrayal of diagrams.

Eric Joisel

Eric Joisel Tribute book: This is a nice little tribute to Eric Joisel which came about due to the joint efforts of MFPP (French Origami Association – Mouvement Français des Plieurs de Papiers) and Nicolas Terry of Origami-shop.com. This book has lots of unpublished photographs of Eric Joisel, Diagrams to the Rat, Rooster, Aberdeen, baby dragon, Fish, Dwarf, Cat, 3D Penguin, Little demon and finally Nguyen Hung Cuong’s amazing Mask which he designed and folded as a tribute to the master himself.

I purchased this Tribute book recently and have folded the Rat from it. That was my second attempt of the same model but with Tant paper. The photographs in the book are really good and give an insight into the work and life of Monsieur Eric Joisel. There are a few color images of his art and the langage of the articles and write up is French. I think this is a good book to buy for those who would like to have something of Eric Joisel to remember him and his amazing work. This is even though most of the diagrams in the book are already available online.

My Origami Creations

Dalas Dimitris’ My Origami Creations: This is yet another book which has some amazing Origami designs. My favorite is the motorbike which looks very detailed and complex. You can also appreciate that the pegasus design is really great and the end result is majestic. I do not own a copy of this book and I have not attempted folding any if his designs so I am unable to tell you more about this designer and his work.

Sakura Star Tessellation: David Martinez who is known for his intricate tessellations which he almost always backlights, has come up with yet another ingenious tessellation design – the Sakura Star tessellation. What’s more is that he has generously shared the photo diagrams to this pretty design in his Flickr Album. I am yet to attempt folding this design, and when I do, I shall blog about it.

Fabian Correa’s Angel: This is a very delicate looking design which I think will make a good Christmas tree topper. It’s a pity we will have to wait till Christmas to use it though. It is fun to fold and not at all complicated. Further, you can vary the choice of paper you use for this design. You will be able to find the diagrams to it in the designer – Fabian Correa’s Flicker Album. Also, Cavemanboon has gone ahead and tweaked it a little to make it a lot more gracious and dainty – you can check that out here.