I’ve got 3 days this week out & about in Yorkshire!
30 years since the wall came down – here’s a tribute I made at the time. In case you can’t read the words…
Visiting the Berlin Wall in 1997 was a deeply moving experience. I thought for some time about whether an origami representation of the Wall would simply be a shallow gesture, but decided that the process of folding it might allow time for reflection on the significance of the Wall itself. This might then be the criteria for assessing the success of the design, rather than any technical or aesthetic viewpoint.
However, two aspects of the design pleased me from an origami point of view; the final profile is a square exactly 3/4 of the original sheet, so only a small amount of paper is “lost”, plus every crease has a reference except the last two, which form themselves in the final step.
I was sat folding at the train station by Barcelona airport when a curious child came to watch, so I quickly made her a flapping bird. Such simple pleasures make life so special…
I had a couple of designs included in the latest NOA (Nipponese Origami Association) magazine #530 – a “Witch on a Broomstick” and “Cheshire Cat”. The latter won a prize in the International Alice in Wonderland Origami competition, run by the BOS in 1992. It’s certainly in a style I haven’t explored for decades.
As an experiment, I’ve launched a fledgeling shop on my site (yes, there are young birds), to be expanded as time permits. You can buy (very cheaply) 2 ebooks that I wrote many years ago, still full of (i think) interesting models. There are also some copies of my actual books. It’s a great way for you to support an impecunious artist directly!
Working in a school, I cut lots of A4 sheets down to squares and have started to diagram some of the models I’ve devised during idle moments using the leftover strip (rather than waste them!) Here’s the first, an interlocking flower. It should work with US rectangles as well and you can use up to a 2×1 rectangle.
A design from ’86, drawn by hand – I was so pleased when PCs were invented 😉
Here’s one of my many famous admirers showing what she bought recently. Sorry Salma, whilst I admire your acting ability, I’m married and so unable to grant your request
Thanks to my daughter Daisy, I had a design for a simple cat’s head published in “the Scratching Post” – the magazine of the North Sheffield branch of the Cats Protection organisation 😉