Arabian Dhow (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Arabian Dhow (Designed by Ancella Simoes)

This is a design I came up with in February 2020. The inspiration behind this model is the traditional ‘dhow’ which one sees regularly plying the creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and other gulf countries. These small boats usually have 1 or 2 sails and look lovely sailing over the creek by the setting sun. Having grown up in Dubai, these boats always make me nostalgic of my earliest years. Dhows usually have lateen rigging and were historically used for trade purposes – ferrying fruits, vegetables, heavy equipment and other items between gulf countries, Pakistan, India and East Africa. The dhow was known for two distinct features i.e. it’s lateen sail (triangular sail) and stitched construction in olden times. The sails powered it to its destination and this vessel was a major transportation for a thriving trade during those times. Today, tourists enjoy boat rides along the creek in this vessel. They are also used to ferry people across short distances.

My design showcases the lateen sails with two masts and I have shaped these sails a bit. It is folded from a single sheet of paper preferably duo colored, and one can use any type of paper to fold this model. A square sheet, the size of which is at least 6 inches, will work and this will result in the finished model measuring approx 5 inches in length. I have used triple tissue paper to fold this model, prepared by sticking 3 sheets of tissue paper together using MC. This was a little experiment for me since I needed duo colored paper for my fold and I had paper remaining from my previous folding project. However, this model does not require thin paper to fold – almost any kind of paper will suffice. I started folding this model with regular post it notes to get the form and shape and then moved on from there to test out how it will look with tissue paper.

Diagrams for this model are published in the British Origami Magazine #321. You can see a review for this edition here.

Zoe’s Swirl (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Zoe's Swirl (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Zoe’s Swirl (Design by Ancella Simoes)

I had taken a rather long break from folding origami and I hope to be back more regularly this year. We had a baby girl in September 2019 and my husband and I are absolutely thrilled. As you can imagine, with a baby, paper folding was on the back burner for a bit.

This model – Zoe’s Swirl – is one I have designed myself and named after my daughter. I came up with this design playing around with post it notes, which has now become a habit of mine in my very less spare time that I have.

It’s folded from 8 sheets of square paper and I have used Japanese Washi Paper which you can find on Amazon. This paper is plain on one side and printed on the other which makes a nice contrast when folding this design. The size of each of the sheets is 4 inches and completed model is around 5 inches in diameter. Since the folding sequence involves a sink, I have marked it as intermediate. However, the rest of the folding steps are relatively easy.

Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)

I have been fiddling around with this design for quite a number of days, trying various folds in order to take advantage of duo colored paper and bring out a geometric design while I was at it. I came up with this design in the end and I am quite happy with the outcome.

This design of mine is folded using the traditional waterbomb base and has a pretty simple folding sequence. Since I used single side colored kami paper which is most commonly found, the color change at the center of each unit came about quite easily. I used 8 square sheets of single side colored kami paper measuring 3 inches each. The overall size of the completed model is approximately 4.5 inches in diameter.

Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)

The countdown to Christmas has already started and I have been busy deciding on the Christmas decorations and getting started on the decorating, too. I always make it a point to fold a few Origami ornaments or hangings for Christmas so I have been quite excited about what to fold and where to put it.

Tinkering around with a model – Tripoli – which I had come up with a few months ago, I came up with a great design which is apt for the Holiday Season!

Paper to use:
The units in this lantern design requires shaping, hence it is recommended that foil paper be used for folding. My version of the model is folded with single-side colored foil paper which I have purchased from Michaels – they have a lot of plain colored, printed, and foil origami paper in their paper aisle.

You could also use duo-colored paper (instead of just single side colored paper) – this would avoid the ‘white areas’ from appearing in between the assembled model. Another idea would be to make use of christmas themed wrapping paper to fold this lantern. These days, you can get foil like wrapping paper (not the flimsy type) in the local stores, too.

How to fold this design:
I am in the process of diagramming this design so the folding sequence will be available to you shortly. The only complicated step in the folding process is a sink which I have incorporated – so this model is pretty much simple to fold.

Update: The Diagrams to this model are available in the annual Christmas Origami Book 2011 which was released on 27th of December 2011.

These would make a great hanging for your home or on the Christmas tree itself. I will be folding a few of these to deck up my place, at least! 🙂

Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)

I came up with this design spending a lazy afternoon at home this weekend. It’s been really hot and incredibly sunny these days, so it’s quite impossible to go out during the daytime.

Coming back to this new deign of mine, this is a 6 unit model resembling a ring. I have folded this model using regular origami paper or Kami paper measuring 3 inches in size, square shaped. Post-Its are also a good option for folding these models. These sheets of paper I used were single side colored. I started folding with the colored side down to get the patterns on the top side of the finished units.

Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)

In the picture above, you can see my test model (yellow/orange colored paper) as well as the ‘properly folded’ model (pink/purple cherry blossom paper) of my design. The design is based on a waterbomb base and contains an open sink in the folding sequence. Other than this sink, the rest of the folds are all regular mountain and valley folds which are pretty easy.

The other picture in this post shows the side view of the design – the sinks which are flattened to form a design. Each of the units are interlocked and the ‘sun rays’ like projections in the center firm keep the units in place. These projections are only on one side of the model; the rear of the model does not have these – see the yellow colored model in the image above.

I have named this new design of mine ‘Tripoli’ in honor of the new found freedom of the Libyan people.

I hope you like this new design of mine!