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Sea Turtle (Design by Michael G. LaFosse)

Sea Turtle (Design by Michael G. LaFosse)

Sea Turtle (Design by Michael G. LaFosse)

Michael LaFosse is known for designing models which have a lot of expression and ‘life’ in them. His book – Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper – is a collection of such models with detailed diagrams allowing amateur origamists to spend hours folding his work.

A lot of it, as he mentions in his book, too – depends on one’s choice of paper. But as you would know, he makes his own paper unlike the majority of us who have to opt for kami, tissue foil or elephant hide and tant when these are available. 🙂

This model of an Origami Sea Turtle is taken from his book and I have used traditional Kami paper to fold this origami model, as this happens to be my first fold.

There is a lot of improvement which can be done, as the final result depends on the shaping / modeling of it.

Squirrel (Design by Michael G. LaFosse)

Squirrel (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Squirrel (Design by Michael LaFosse)

This weekend, I went back to browsing through designs in Michael LaFosse’s book – Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper – and thought I’d give this squirrel a try. I loved the final shaping given to this design in the book and wondered if I could get mine to look half as good.

I’d suggest a larger sized paper measuring 9 inches to 12 inches, really, I did my first fold with a 6 inch square sheet of paper, and it turned out miniature. I couldn’t get to finish most of the shaping and finer folds required at the end, too.

Paper to Use:
I used traditional Kami or the common origami paper to fold this model. I started out with a square sheet of paper measuring 6 inches in size and hence the miniature size of my completed model. My next fold will probably be in tissue foil, duo colored, that is; in order to take advantage of the color change technique in this design.

Origami Goldfish (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Origami Goldfish (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Origami Goldfish (Design by Michael LaFosse)

This particular goldfish design is from the book – Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper – by Michael LaFosse. It’s intermediate in nature and not for the beginners in the art of Origami. This model incorporates the ‘wet folding’ technique, rabbit ears and reverse folds in it.

If you are a beginner and are interested in folding pretty fish, you can try your hands at folding this simple, easy to follow video on folding Origami fish.

Folding this model:

I used a 8 1/4 inch duo colored origami paper for this model and wet folded it towards the end in order to shape it up a bit. I think using Washi Paper or other Asian made papers would make it a lot easier to fold, especially when it comes to shaping this model. This is because even if you try wet folding common origami paper, it tends to tear with the moisture.

It took me about half an hour approx to fold this model and another 15 mins to shape it.