Recent work for a client – non strictly origami, but fun to do 😉
Recent work for a client – non strictly origami, but fun to do 😉
Had a request from the London Dungeon to produce instructions for a “rat” to go inside their new booklet “Fearsome Facts and Gruesome Tales”. I adapted a mouse of mine from way back when and it takes pride of place on page 18. If you manage to fold it, you are encouraged to share your creations by tweeting to #TheLondonDungeon.
I’m actually starting to understand how twitter works, although I’m hugely wary of wasting too much time on it!
New work for a client 😉
More preliminary work for a client
Have bit the bullet and signed up for twitter, so look forward to losing even more time to online distractions. However, I guess it needs to be done from a commercial point of view.
Enjoy my prattle here https://twitter.com/nickorigami
Here’s another model from a recent job, my elephant.
Finally completed the commission for purple cows – it was such fun that I’m doing a workshop on the creative process behind the work at the BOS convention this weekend. Here are a few of the critturs trying the local grass (cough)
I have a folding job next week in the Bavarian town of Sonthofen (near Munich), check out the view from the Hotel! I hope to maybe hook up with some folders in Munich afterwards…
I had an interesting session in one of the London offices of Google recently. They were launching a new feature for the staff and wanted me to supply a variety of models, but mostly flapping birds.
It was fascinating to see the inside of such a notable company but sadly, I’m sworn to silence on what actually went on. Equally, the only photo I can share with you is off the giant instruction board they created, curiously, for a half flap / half crane hybrid, which several members of staff said they couldn’t follow 😉
I offered a few ideas for future use of origami within the company and we’ll be having further talks – fingers crossed!
I had a great project recently, to design a way of folding the logo of a new drug from an international pharmaceutical company. The logo wasn’t too difficult, but I had to work on the proportions and most importantly, a good sequence, since I was required to fold 300 of them in advance.
This required a double-sided template with the colours and logo in the right place, which was sent to the States for printing. The origami was for a launch event in Amsterdam and I was delighted that they wanted me there to make “gift” fold for delegates. Knowing pitifully little about Holland apart from being the home of; the OSN, of one of my favourite bands (Focus), clogs, cheese and windmills, a visit was long overdue.
There was an opportunity for me to go over early, so I was delighted when my good friend and talented origamist Paula Versnick offered me hospitality. I flew from Leeds/Bradford for a change, decent price, not too far to reach and with a fraction of the crap usually required to get onto the plane in a big airport. I flew to Schiphol, where Paula’s partner, the charming Gerard, works, so he took me back to their house in Huisen. I spent some time admiring her amazing collection of books and her display cases of delightful models folded by their creators, including a stunning Joisel model. We then finished off the folding of the logos!
I then spend some time exploring the area with Paula as my guide, visiting the amazing geometric village of Naarden (coming from Yorkshire, I found this and several Dutch words to be in fluent Yorkshire!) We had lunch in a windmill, walked round a nature reserve simply teeming with dragonflies and had an excellent pancake inside an ancient Dutch barn.
We also went to the centre of Amsterdam, where I was bemused by the volume of bicycles, which were to be seen everywhere. Apparently 50,000 bikes are stolen in Amsterdam every year. They came in all shapes and sizes, some having buckets in front full of children!
Despite having a lane of their own, cyclists rode on the pedestrian path as well and rarely used hand-signals. Scooters and even motor-bikes used the cycle lanes, so there was danger a-plenty, especially for Brits who expect cars to drive on the left hand side. I twice was within an ace of walking in front of a car, having looked right and seen nothing – thanks for saving my life Paula!
We visited Anne Frank’s house, an great flea-market (presents were bought) I made the obligatory visit to the red light area, where there were dozens of hugely UN-erotic “window display girls” situated all around a large church. I walked past (but not into) several weed emporiums, quaintly known here as “coffee bars” and the air around them was positively intoxicating. A fabulous city with so much too offer. I also saw a mouse – where? there on the floor, quite dead. Sadly, it had no clogs on.
The job itself was to sit at a table folding models for the delegates as they checked the food out. The tree we had created top hang pledges upon (written on my folded logos) remained bare until we moved it to nearer the refreshment table, after which it positively bloomed. I made a variety of models to hand out and we felt the event had been very successful. Many thanks to Nat Rosen of Impact Unlimited who organised everything with consummate professionalism and made the whole experience an enjoyable one.
Paula having other demands on her time, I also strayed in a hotel, that I had pre-booked online. When we looked at google to check the route, it turned out I had seen a “Hotel Amadeus” in the centre of town, but had actually booked into an identically named hotel in a place called Haarlem, some 20Km out of Amsterdam!
When I finally arrived there in darkness, the owner said he had nearly released my room since the credit card info I gave them had a mistake. Thankfully he had kept it for me, or I would have been in a nightmare situation. A beer and courgette pasta overlooking the river soon calmed my nerves.
Haarlem was a beautiful place, with lots of old architecture, a huge church and an amazingly fresh market on Saturday morning. Inevitably, after several days of striding about the country, I could only walk about for about 3 hours before my legs gave me foot-gyp, so I went back to the airport early and spent a happy few hours watching planes taking off and landing. A short flight time saw the beautiful Yorkshire countryside lit superbly. A tiring but hugely enjoyable experience! Many thanks to Paula and Gerard for their welcome.
Sok Song, founder of Creased magazine has issued the following statement;
“Unfortunately, Issue #12 will be our final one for the magazine. We knew from the beginning that the road would be a tough one for a niche magazine with no advertising and corporate sponsorship, and that it would probably be a short-term project and doesn’t really make any business sense from a financial standpoint. The magazine was started and survived until this point, all thanks to a generous fiscal donor who agreed from the beginning to help finance operating costs of maintaining an office in Manhattan, as well as printing and shipping expenses. We hoped that the subscription numbers would improve as we entered the second and third year, but we just don’t have the resources to make that possible with the limited number of people working on the magazine.”
Whilst perhaps not surprising in the current economic climate, this is a huge shame. The standards Sok and his team applied to this project has been exemplary – every issue has been a treasure trove of beautiful content and design. If you have’t seen the magazine, go to their site – I urge you to buy back-copies while you can.
This is a sad example for other would-be private publishers of origami content. Even with the advantages of the Internet, you’d have to be a brave (or rich) entrepreneur to launch the same kind of project again. Maybe a look at costs and production standards may help (find an office outside Manhattan?). However, without a quality product, you’ll struggle for income – the “4 Esquinas” magazine is professional and completely free, for example.
Sok ends on a higher note;
“Don’t be disheartened by this news, because Creased will be pursuing other publishing opportunities from individual booklets and collections as well as full books and ebooks from your favorite authors and creators.”
I look forward to seeing what he does next!