now i got this lil thang too
bonsai by valentina minayeva
There was a wonderful fireworks display nearby last night, which I watched from the patio. No idea what the celebration, so an unexpected delight. Now i’m seeing fireworks everywhere. Will they they bring good luck? Here’s hoping!
Sometimes I look at Tomoko Fuse’s work and think SERIOUSLY???? HOW DO YOU EVEN COME UP WITH SUCH AMAZING THINGS? She has such a gift for elegance and precision in her designs, I just end up in awe of everything she does. And then she writes books that let me do it too!
As for this model itself, I love it in both idea and execution. Of course you want a leaf for the butterfly to land on! And what a smart idea it was to use the same method as the spiral shells to create the veins in the leaf. It works so perfectly.
Random Sonobe Variation by unknown
Folded by me
idk what i was doing when i made this
Curly Tulip Kusudama by Valentine Minayeva
Folded by me
(i didn’t curl the tips enough i just realized)
NASA engineers use origami as inspiration when they fold up solar panels for their trip to space. Shown here: the Miura fold. Once a piece of paper (or solar array) is all folded up, it can be completely unfolded in one smooth motion. You can read more about origami in space here, and learn how to do the Miura fold in this video:
Image: Astronaut Scott Parazynski repairs a damaged ISS solar panel (NASA)
I was excited to make this model, because in Jun Maekawa’s book, it was labelled as one to help you focus on shaping, and that’s something I’m not very good at. Turns out, there wasn’t a ton of shaping fold, but that was good, because it meant I could focus on just a few and see how they helped the overall look. I’m very pleased with how this turned out, and my friend’s daughter didn’t have to ask me what it was when she looked at it, so I consider it a win.