Links: Origami Diagrams, Books

We are nearing the Holiday Season here in America, and I find myself occupied with thinking of ideas for this year’s Christmas decorations, gifts for friends and family and of course my perennial question of selecting the model to fold.

I spent a lot of time on the Internet searching for ideas and came across the following links which you might find interesting:

Gabriel Vong’s awesome collection of Origami Diagrams: He has sorted them based on levels of difficulty and some of the diagrams on this page are truly amazing. There is something for everyone – from beginner models right up to complex models such as insects.

Quentin Trollip Origami Flickr Group: This is an online group for images of finished models designed by Quentin Trollip. It is open to everyone (who has a flickr account) and has folded his work.

Crease Pattern: Roman Diaz’s Fractal:  This is an intriguing design in which the common fish and bird bases are used repeatedly to form a star like design at the end. You can find help to fold this design by using this photo diagram series as a reference when folding. Your finished model should look like this.

Shadowfolds – Chris Palmer and Jeffrey Rutzky’s new book –  This is a soon-to-be-released book co-authored by Jeffrey Rutzky and Chris Palmer. It deals with geometric designs using fabric as a medium instead of paper. This book is due for release on February 1st, 2011. The following is an editorial review by Amazon:

In Shadowfolds, Jeff Rutzky, himself an accomplished and passionate origamist, and Palmer offer detailed and fascinating information about the technique and its origins in both Moorish tile and classic Japanese origami. Palmer first encountered the elaborate mosaics of the Alhambra and became intrigued with learning to translate these patterns into folded paper. He turned for inspiration to the work of Japanese origami masters Tomoko Fuse, Jun Maekawa, Toshikazu Kawasaki and Shuzu Fujimoto, as well as to the great American origami artists Robert Lang and Peter Engel.