This is what I thought of when my mom offered to show me how to fold an origami crane. At the time, I liked construction vehicles and didn’t know of the bird under the same name.

A simple 16×16 grid boxpleat serviced the needs of this model quite nicely and I was able to arrive at this satisfactory version in a single attempt.

Folded from a single square sheet of printer paper.


One year anniversary!

I just realized that today is the one year anniversary of my blog. With 770 views, 25 followers, and 76 posts this project has surpassed what I thought would be possible. I really appreciate your support and interest and hope you keep on visiting my site!

Star wars origami (part 1)

Many of you may have heard about the book series The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Anglberger (which you can buy here) and the whole series of books are entertaining. The thing that bothers me is the “origami”. Most of the paper crafts require unusually proportioned rectangles (which is technically still in “pure”). The things that really bother me include that most of the crafts are unrecognizable unless you add drawings or other cosmetics. Most of the “origami” look like rectangles after you are done folding. A lot of the crafts also require scissors which I am not sure even fits the title of kirigami. According to Wikipedia,”… kirigami starts with a folded base, which is then cut; cuts are then OPENED AND FLATTEN to make the finished kirigami. Kirigami are usually symmetrical, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.” You can read the full article here. If this was not as popular, it wouldn’t be a problem but so many people have heard about and bought origami Yoda books. Tom Anglberger, if you are reading this I am sure you are a fine and talented origami artist and I am just using you success as an example (I am sure there are many other people who have similar beliefs in what pure origami is) but this is just and informative post on what I believe pure origami is:

1 square sheet of paper(maybe an occasional rectangle)

No cuts, rips, pens, pencils, markers, or other drawing tools.

Maybe occasional glue(no tape). A way to get your origami to stay where it is would be to use wet-folding.

If it is “pure” I think it should be recognizable without any cosmetic features. If you are reading this post and think otherwise, you can put your opinion in the comments, and if you agree with my opinions like this blog/ post or follow!