I used to play in a band with a guy called Richard, who quit to focus on a new music shop business. A few years later, the business has grown (with his partner James) into the best guitar shop – www.richtonemusic.co.uk – for a long, long way!
They are both strangely fascinated by my work, so I made something to go on their Christmas tree this year, an Elias figure sporting a Gibson Flying V guitar (Richard’s favourite model).
I’ll take a photo when he is hung by the balls on the tree 😉
My number one Spanish fan (and former lover) Carlos González Santamaría (AKA Halle) has sent this photo of himself with my book in Japan Town, San Fransisco. He bought all 8 copies and recommends you do the same in your local store!
halle for dummies
Wayne has alerted me to a perfectly good excuse to buy (and eat) more chocolate – Cadbury’s “Freddo” multi-pack choc sweets have origami diagrams on the wrapper! There’s no credit, but it’s a job I’d have certainly taken on, for a suitable, edible remuneration! All chocolate manufacturers please take note for future similar projects! Now to do some more “research” to ensure I have a complete collection 😉
Well, they may be when they hear I’ve booked my flight to Dublin for Dublin’s Origami Gathering on July 27th. I’m really excited about this, since I’ve never been to Ireland before! This has prompted me to waste half an hour of my life creating the tribute below 😉
The Quiet Folder
There’s a famous Two Ronnies sketch called “Fork Handles” (check it on youtub) which always tickled my fancy. My dear departed friend David Petty created an origami design called “two candles”, which inspired me to create this tribute fold. I’m not sure he got the joke 😉
I spend far too much of my life rummaging through charity shops and antiques centres. It’s really not good, because I don’t have the money to spend/waste the way I used to. There’s also the issue of bringing yet more junk home (as my children see it) when I don’t have enough room as it is.
Still, there it is, I was tempted and found a less than rare item in the book section, Harbins “Teach Yourself”. I always buy these (£1 seemed reasonable) in order to give away to beginners at demos and meetings. What caught my eye enough to warrant a photo was the company that this book kept. The books weren’t seemingly filed by category, but whilst origami is not usually to be found in “self-help”, it seems as good a way as any to cure low self-esteem 😉
I’m known as a paper-folder, but music has always been (ahem) my first love. So as my last meaningfully creative act of 2012, I’ve completed mixing of a piece of music.
It’s my contribution to the 12.12.12 looping project – the significance of the date is that such a configuration won’t happen again in our lifetime and so 12 is the theme of the project. 12 being the number, 11 is right out.
As a child, I struggled with my “times tables” and so fished out the blue vinyl 45 rpm EP my parents bought me to help matters. This provided suitable sample content for the track as well as cover art.
Life is rarely dull with email – I had another interesting exchange recently with a character (allegedly) called “Vinson Bucko”. (It sounds like an anagram, but I haven’t cracked it, if it is.) So, the first message was;
“I was wondering if you could design a unit for me and create an
exclusive diagram of it for me.”
I asked for more details;
“I mean you would design an modular origami and create a diagram of it that you would send to me.”
I suggested it might be an expensive process. He replied;
“How much do you want for it”
I suggested $5000 would be a suitable fee. His concise reply was;
End of communications. Almost surreal, don’t you think? Both his name and email bring no useful google results, so I’m certain it’s someone winding me up, or at least, trying to. Next time, try harder 😉
I get several request a week for diagrams or help to locate specific designs. However, one came in today that has be slightly baffled. It goes;
“I wanted to know if you can show me how to make
an origami of top half horse, bottom half duck.”
I’m almost convinced it’s a friend winding me up, but have ask for more details, just out of curiosity. Life is rarely dull!
Here’s what this monstrous hybrid might like like, apologies to Katsuta and Sternberg for cross-breeding their designs.
The question is, is it a Hock or a Durse?
I had a fascinating email from W Brown esq. recently, pointing out that the fairly well-known flapping bird has actually been patented! On August 1st 1928, Vernon B Smith of Chicago, Illinois, was approved as the owner of a “design for a paper bird puzzle”. It’s not totally clear whether the “design” refers to the pattern drawn on the model, or the design of the model itself.
If it’s the latter, there’s quite a few people around the world who have breached this patent and the estate of V Smith will be owed a large fortune! So think next time you fold a flapper, who owns it?