Ian died on 30th August, aged 74 and had been fighting cancer for several years. His son Mark writes: “His condition had been largely without pain, but he was very tired for extended periods of time. His death was peaceful which I think is all one can hope for at this stage.” His funeral took place in Daresbury, where he had lived for the last 4 years.
I knew Ian from his earliest days in the BOS, since we both were regular attendees at the North-West mini meetings in Hazel Grove. Ian was an articulate and intelligent folder, befitting his career in adult education. He favoured geometric designs, latterly working creatively in the field of 60 degree twist folds and tessellations. He was endlessly patient when teaching his designs and rarely showed any signs of frustration with less able students such as myself!
He was a very private man and it was hard to get to know him, or to learn anything about his private life, but his commitment to origami and the BOS cannot be doubted. For many years he was our Supplies Secretary and delighted in presenting a wide range of papers. Many of these he sourced himself as large rolls, then cut them down to (perfect!) squares and packaged them for sale to members. Even now, probably 10 years since he stepped down, you can still find his packs for sale and they still show a sensitive choice of folding material.
He sat on the BOS Council for many years and in 2009 was awarded the Sidney French Medal for his devoted services to the Society. He attended many conventions and was an “ever present” during the 10 years of my annual meetings in Wentworth. He always had something to teach, but never sought any kind of attention or acclaim for his work. He knew a great deal about geometry and was happy to share his knowledge. I remember once asking him why two folded corners came together in a sequence and he gave me a withering look and said “well, they have to”!
Here is a design of his that I drew up but which was never published.
I’m sorry to hear that Heide has left us at the age of 80. I met her several times at Origami Deutschland conventions and she was always friendly and courteous. She gave me (and others) a tour of Bonn on one occasion.
She was heavily involved in ELFA (Envelope and Letter Folding Association).
I’ve just finished the sorting out of Iris’ origami archives, a very sad task, although I learned a lot more about her, an amazing woman. Today I found this old photo of us…
Boxed kit with 64-page book
Tuttle Publishing ISBN: 9780804849241
This is an 8.5” square box, containing a 6×8” booklet with instructions for 14 projects, 48 double-sided sheets of 15cm origami paper and over 185 stickers with which to decorate your models. The title describes the theme very aptly, you get a variety of rockets & planes, a space shuttle, a space probe, a space pod and others. The stickers are small but cheerful & bright and perfect for decoration.
The paper is a little thin for my taste and you need to look at the graphic contents page to figure out which sheet goes with which model. I’m a little dubious about this, since it in effect removes the choice from the folder, unless of course they decide to fold a model with the “wrong” paper. I’d suggest a 50/50 split of themed and more general paper would be ideal.
The author, John Szinger, is described as “an origami artist, engineer, designer, software developer and musician”. From his website he’s clearly an active designer and origami academic – he is seeking funding for “Foldinator” – a software application for “visualising objects made by the sequential folding of flat sheet materials”. You can check him out at www.zingman.com. The diagrams are clear and whilst the steps are necessarily small due to the format of the book, I can still read them without glasses (currently my test for the scale!)
The models are, in my estimation, perhaps a little too complicated for the beginners market that the packaging indicates as the target, with swivels and reverse-folds galore, but I’m aware there are many teenagers who can fold me under the table these days. There will also be plenty of origami adults who have a lot of fun with this book. Still, I feel the opening model (or two) should be simple and here, the first model has 6 reverse folds on each of 4 flaps.
I hate to moan further, but a UK retail price of £13 seems slightly high for what you get, Tuttle’s own “Complete Origami Kit” contains 2 Books, 96 Papers, 30 Projects and only costs a tenner. But they know their price points better than I do.
The Paper Puzzle Book : All You Need is Paper! by Ilan Garibi, David Goodman, Yossi Elran
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Paperback: 264 pages / 5.9 x 8.3 inches ISBN-10: 9813202416
Books of paper puzzles date back to the 19th century, when titles such as “101 Things To Do On A Winter’s Evening” were one of the few forms of home entertainment in an era before the internet, CDs, radio, TV, gramophones and so forth. Almost inevitably they included puzzles based around paper. Whilst the times they have a-changed, there is still great fun to be had in playing with paper.
This book brings the concept right up to modern times, with mathematical and geometric explanations for 99 puzzles. The contents include Origami Puzzles, 3D Folding Puzzles, Möbius strips, Sequence Folding, Strips of Paper, Flexagons, Fold and Cut puzzles, “Just Cutting” puzzles, Overlapping Paper Puzzles, More Fun with Paper, origami puzzles, paper toys and even magic.
The three authors met at the Weizmann Institute of Science, during a recreational math, puzzles and games conference. Ilan is well known in the world of origami. David designs and crafts puzzles, mostly out of wood, and runs many puzzle workshops. Yossi is a recreational mathematician, interested in puzzles and the math behind them, and believes that puzzles are an excellent way to stimulate our brains They were all inspired by the great writer, philosopher and puzzler, Martin Gardner. Together, they have developed a naming system for the different kinds of puzzles and mapped out a landscape for ‘paper puzzles’, giving examples in each category.
It’s an ideal book for me, because the puzzles are largely practical in nature rather than academic – you don’t need a qualification in maths to enjoy it. The puzzles are thought-provoking and have an indicated degree of difficulty. Highly recommended!
There is a preview here.
Scanning some negatives from the last century 😉
I’m now the sole retailer of wooden folding tools from Hans Werner Guth in the known universe. Read more here!
I was commissioned by Museums Sheffield to help supply origami doves for an event they were organising. I supplied instructions and they had a team of volunteers making smaller birds, while I assembled the larger ones. Visitors were encouraged to add their own messages to the smaller birds.The results were very impressive!
all images © Museums Sheffield
My latest book is now available (in French or Italian) – “Cats in Origami” – more details here