So sorry to hear the news that deg has passed away after a long struggle with cancer. His bravery through this period has been amazing. He was a good friend to many of us and will be much missed
The urbane Ray Bolt sent me this photo from the Kyoto Handicraft Centre shop, Kyoto. I’ve got two products on sale!
They are a publisher with whom I’ve now written several books (with 3 more to come) of which I’m very proud. However, they are mostly available in French or Italian only. This is especially galling regarding “British Origami”! If you are a publisher, or have contact with one, please encourage them to contact NuiNui and snap up the English rights to my collection!
In my research to get permission for using diagrams, I sometimes find sad news. I’ve just learned that Teruo Tsuji and Keiji Kitamura are dead. Keiji-San and I used to exchange letters & diagrams back in the 90s, he was an under-rated creator, perhaps best known for his cat and his book “Origami Treasure Chest”.
Tsuji, of course, came up with an superb “talking frog”.
I’ve just been totting up my published output so far and find my next two NuiNui books (cats and dogs) will take me to a grand total of 75 (excluding translations, which would push it over 100). Not too shabby, but since only 5 are royalty deals and none of those are selling any more, it means I have to keep ploughing on. Ah well….
The Magic Rose Cube has been around for some time and is a stone-cold classic. There are several unauthorised videos and a superb official DVD produced by Michael & Richard at Origamido, but it has yet to be published outside of Japan. The challenge for me wasn’t folding it, but diagramming it! I had previously made diagrams, approved by creator Valerie Vann, for BOS issue 218 (February 2003) and when looking for ideas for “Action Origami”, it occurred to me I had a set of diagrams almost ready for use. So I approached Valerie again for permission to publish, which she generously granted me.
If only my filing system was so organised. I ploughed through every backup disk & CD I had, with no luck. I realised it must have been on one of several hard drives that died on me just before (cough) backing up. So there was no option other than to start from scratch. As I did so, I realised that the new diagrams would be much better than the old ones (15 years of practise!) and it is proving a challenge, albeit an enjoyable one. I’ve just started on the final section, how to open & close it – wish me luck with these complex 3D steps! Here’s a page, before text is added….
A delightful drawing made to capture the events of the “party night” at the 30th anniversary of Origami Deutschland, where I was one of the guests of honour. That’s me, near the top left 😉
Here’s a design I came up with inspired by a tessellation I learned in Weimar. Is it a bowl? A dish? A Box? I’m not sure. No proper sequence for it yet and it starts with division into fifths, so will be for the dedicated only. Below a crease pattern for the adventurous!
I’m working on a book of “action” models (from a square) – if you have any suggestions, I’d be delighted to her them!