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?
For several years I have been a freind of Dr Angela Haeussler from Chemnitz in Germany (we met while I was doing an origami job there) She works extensively with children who need therapy and she uses origami extensively in her work.
I sent her some of my diagrams recently for use at work and she has sent back a charming video of thanks from her children. It’s hosted at a cake website (and why not), so I don’t know how long the link will remain, but it’s good and kitsch 😉
Someone recently sent me a link to download a pdf bootleg of my classic “Adult Origami“, a hugely controversial product at the time, but thankfully no longer generating emails such as “you’re a pervert” (I replied “yes, and?”) and “you’re a disgrace to origami” (I replied “yes, and?”). Anyway.
Filing the pdf in my AO folder, I noticed some examples of press coverage, including this nice photo from the “Erotica” magazine, which I’m sure you all subscribe to. I may have folded it for them, but can’t remember. Still, it’s a nice child-friendly image to share with you.
A while back I was approached for permission to use one of my modular stars in a theatrical performance called “Moon 2 @ Tryston” in America.
The play is described as “an intergalactical political romance”, about two very different planets in a far-off solar system. Planet Verideen, where women reign over men, is ruled by Queen Philoxena and planet Gobara where a person’s worth is measured solely in material terms. With me so far?
Of course, I agreed. Other models include those by Endla Saar, Michael Shall/Marshall and Lillian Rothenberg. The play is now showing, see here for information.
In a vague attempt to get my Facebook addiction under control, I’ve set up page on which to present my origami goings on, plus loads of images that have cluttered up my hard drive for many years. Hie you to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nick-Robinson-Origami/212461572187568 and like the page please!
Had an email from “Origami Bob” Voelker (is that like “Maximum Bob”?) with a photo which made me smile – he wrote “I thought you might like to see this photo. Some friends and I made 10 jumbo rhombic dodecs. The 12 faces are printed with the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, to use as table centerpieces at an annual dinner. Your work has far-reaching benefits!”
It’s good to see A4 paper can be found in the States – they really should adopt it as a standard. I created this over 20 years ago and am constantly amazed how well it was lasted as a design. Oh yes, there are diagrams for the unit elsewhere on this site.
Noel Fielding is well known amongst the younger generations as half of the “Mighty Boosh” comedy show. More recently, he seems to have gone solo with “Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy”, described as “Psychedelic character-based comedy show half filmed and half animated, with music provided by Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno”.
I watched an episode, (which seemed to be a subtle variation on his MB work) and was delighted half way through to see one of his characters have a go at origami. Even better, he folded and modelled a pair of “comedy breasts”, much beloved of Paul Gascoigne and Blackadder. On closer inspection, these seemed to be the version with nips created by Uwe Hollerbach, based on a design of mine from “Adult Origami“.
This classic, long since out of print, has been somewhat of an albatross, since it (along with the viral publicity pics) placed me quite firmly in the “weird” camp for a while. In my view, it was no more than the origami version of naughty seaside postcards and overflowing with irony, plus the models were great. But of the 40 odd books I’ve written, this one seemed to create more of a fuss. My wikipedia entry even makes reference to it, as if it’s a central part of my creative oeuvre.
It’s all water under the the bridge now, but still nice to see the models (or variants) live on!
kemp, before folding
Ross Kemp used to be famous as an “actor” in the soap Eastenders. Since then, he’s done numerous lowly-rated bits of tosh, playing on his image as a “hard man”. So, it was with great delight I found this website where you are encouraged to fold a photo of him in an imaginative way.
It’s (kind of) related to the folded inside back covers of old MAD magazines – I used to *love* them as a teenager. A cartoon was drawn such that making vertical pleats revealed a radically different image.
I’ve been doing this to pictures of celebrities for years, it’s great to see the fun is more widespread. There are several way you can distort the Queen using a banknote and at least one where you can make her perform an unspeakable act 😉
I had a request recently from Dame Penny Groom, the president-elect of the BOS. For many years, she has supplied a monthly origami model for her local paper, the “Countesthorpe Herald” and regularly asks permission for use of one of my designs, which I’m delighted to grant.
This time it was for a “Pecking Pterosaur”, which she’d seen in one of the origami calendars from the States. Soon after, I had another request from her son Paul, who wants to use the model for some kind of crazy-assed competition on twitter (whatever that is). So, I’m posting the diagram here for the twits to have a go at. “Enjoy”, as my dear old friend Mark Kennedy said to me on countless occaisions.
I’m working hard on two new books; one is animals / birds / fishes etc, the other is cunningly entitled “things that go” – cars, boats, planes etc. They will be aimed at youngsters, so I’ve been trying hard to find or create car-type designs.
I came up with a “chariot”, then tried to add two chariots together. It needed a third sheet to complete the model and hey presto, some kind of vehicle emerged. It taught it at a recent mini-meeting in Nottingham and as usual, chose the colours I needed least to teach it with. This means that the purples, pinks etc go and the reds and greens are left. The ensuing, somewhat garish, combination reminded me of a cross between a Cadbury’s Twirl bar (I sunk enough of those over the years!) and Dick Dastardly’s car from Wacky Races. What do you think?