Origami Swan (Design by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)

Swan (Design by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)
Swan (Design by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)

This is one design which has been lying unfinished on my table for quite some time. I had trouble on one particular step in the folding process and just couldn’t get past that step.

Luckily for me (and a lot of other folders, as well) Tadashi Mori who is well known for his instructional videos on various designs by different Origami Artists, has created a very detailed and helpful instructional video on H.T.Quyet’s Swan.

Paper to use:

This model requires shaping, so care should be taken as to not to use very thick paper. My rendition is in Tant paper which is duo colored in white. The paper shape to start with is a triangle – and the size of the paper I started out with is approximately 14.5 inches (hypotenuse), and 10.25 inches for the other 2 sides.

How to fold H.T.Quyet’s Origami Swan:

The diagrams to this model can be found in Origami Tanteidan #16. The folding sequence consists of 35 steps and this instructional video explains each and every step in details providing a lot of references when folding. This makes it easier to complete folding the model, too.

You can also check out the instructional video by Tadashi Mori which you can view below:

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.

Rabbit (Design by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)

Rabbits (Design by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)
Rabbits (Design by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)

This is a design by Hoàng Tiến Quyết and looks really cute when finished. This is my first attempt at folding these bunnies and I am pretty pleased with the outcome. My better half loves rabbits and I am folding this pair for him to keep on his desk at work. 🙂

The designer is known for designing a lot of models which require shaping and minimal folding. You can view these on his Flickr album. The end results of his hard work is simply astounding. I have a lot of favorites designed by him.

These Rabbits are one of his latest designs and from the diagrams, you can see that there are no complex folds involved. One has to shape / form the design at the end in order to get the desired result.

Paper to use:
To fold Hoàng Tiến Quyết’s Rabbits, you can use tant, Unryu or even Kami. I have attempted by rendition in Unryu which I purchased from Origami-Shop.com – Pack Discovery – 25 squares.

I used a 9 inch approx Unryu sheet of paper which is colored beige / off-white on both sides. I thought the fur like texture will look pretty great and natural like for the bunnies. This sheet I then proceeded to cut diagonally into half in order to get 2 triangles. each of these triangles makes one rabbit.

How to fold the Rabbits:
The designer has generously shared the diagram to his model on the Vietnamese Origami Forum. In his design, he has used colored paper (single side colored, that is) which results in a shaded bunny.

Origami Swan (Design by Hoang Tien Quyet)

Swan (Design by Hoang Tien Quyet)
Swan (Design by Hoang Tien Quyet)

I came across this elegant swan design on the Internet the other day, from a Vietnamese Origami site which is very different and a lot more elegant than my earlier attempt at folding a swan. It is designed by Hoang Tien Quyet and was featured in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Edition, too.

The model is fairly easy to fold, however, the major portion of the effort goes into shaping the swan i.e. forming the wings and curving the neck. It takes around 15 mins to fold this model, and this time includes that spent for shaping the swan.

Paper to use:

For this particular model, I used gold foil paper which I had remaining from an earlier origami project. It measures approx 4.5 to 5 inches in size. Mr. Quyet has used the wrapping paper (gold foil based sheet) found in cigarette boxes to fold his elegant model and I daresay..it’s an ingenious idea and the result is marvelous. I will attempt to fold it using the same paper shortly, but for now, I thought this gold foil origami paper would do 😉

How to fold this model:

The swan is folded in approx 20 steps and this includes the shpaing of the wings and the neck. The steps are really easy to follow. However, pay special attention to steps 8, 9 and 10 which are essentially the main steps for this swan. Notice that the “similar to” petal fold made in step 8 should be done, such a way that, the gold portion of the paper sticks out a bit and a “squarish” look is displayed on the swan’s back (corresponding to that fold). For step 9/10, there is a reverse fold which is quite tricky and a portion of the paper gets folded ‘inwards’ to create the neck.

Update as on 5th May 2010: The site which hosted the diagram to this model has been taken down/removed the diagram. I will update this post when I get a new link to the diagram.

Now, to find someone who is willing to ‘donate’ the inner wrapper of their cigarette pack to me… 😀