Or so the Mantra of the Origami Purist goes. I can't say I stick to all those rules, though. Often my models start with a square,
but by no means always. I try and avoid cutting the paper once I have started folding, and I try to avoid using glue, but sometimes,
just to get the job done, it is necessary. And noone else seems to mind too much ...
On the right are pictures of some of the Origami models I have made recently. Most of these do not involve cutting or glue.
Click on the image to get a better view.
Don't forget to visit the 'Photos' section of the site, where you will find a larger collection
In the 'Links' section of the site you will find an 'Origami' category - search that for links to other websites with origami content
If there is anything you would particularly like to see here, feel free to let me know via the
World Record for number of Origami Elephants
I contributed to the recent shattering of this world record, in a bid to raise the elephant's profile in the world.
See the new Blog section for more
Videos of me Folding
You can see examples of me doing origami made by an organisation called Video Jug
This site will let you view four videos for 'free', after which it asks you to register - also free - but they have quite a few
examples of me demonstrating paper folding techniques.
More recently, I did a gig at BBC Essex, which was videoed and can be seen
The models I like to make range from the very simple to the extremely complex. I enjoy making action models,
and models that have a surprise of some sort. I have had the occassional phase of modular folding, but
generally find this very tiresome after a while. My many favourite designers include Robert Lang, John Montroll,
David Brill, Robert Harbin, Eric Joisel, Marc Kirschenbaum, and many Japanese folders.
Famous Origami Designers whose work I admire
Here are some of my favourite origami designers. To avoid repeating
stuff already out there, I will include links to existing sites (either their own, or Wikipedia or somewhere ...).
I no doubt will be adding to this list over time ...
All you need for Origami is some paper, clean hands that work and a bit of patience, care and precision when folding.
An interest in problem-solving also helps as following the diagrams for a model involves lots of little puzzles, You are
constantly asking yourself 'how do I get this thing in my hands to look like the next diagram ?'
Persistence will help too, as often with more complex models, your initial efforts may split apart or tear, or just turn to
mush. As with many things in life, the more you practice, the better you will get.
Just refuse to surrender ! It's only paper, after all.
I use a variety of different papers, ranging from ordinary photocopier paper through various types of specially made
origami paper, to tissue foil, which I make myself by sandwiching aluminium cooking foil between two sheets of tissue paper.
You can get the foil from your local food or hardware store, tissue from any good art supplies shop, and some spray mounting
glue to hold the layers together again available from an art supply shop. Some people use wallpaper paste instead of spray glue. I haven't
tried this though.
When I started folding in the mid-sixties, finding books on origami was very difficult, but now there are many thousands of books on the subject,
The British Origami Society (see below) has what is believed to to be the largest collection of origami related material in the world,
which members can borrow by mail-order. If you want to buy your own books, Amazon carry a wide selection of both books and
paper. For more specialist materials, check out the 'Links' section of this site, or use Google to search the interweb.
Click on the 'Library' tab and this will open up my list of origami books. If you are looking for something specific, put this in the 'Keyword' field, and hit 'Search'. The system will then search the library for your keyword entry, and display the hits highlighted so you can see them easily. I have included in the 'Comment' column all the models for each book, so it is easier to find what I have 'in stock'.
You can use the feedback page if you want to engage my Origami services. I am happy to get involved with
anything with a paper-folding slant to it, including workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, advertising, teaching and
so on. I am extremely reliable and very easy to work with. Although I do not rely on Origami to provide me with an
income, I want to be fair, and will turn down work if the fee for a commercial engagement is unrealistically low.
Please also be aware that I prefer to work in a friendly, colaborative way. If you engage my services after being sent a quote from me,
you are entering into a legally enforcable
contract, which I must insist on being settled in full as agreed during our initial negotiations
(provided of course you are completely satisfied with my work. If this is not the case, please tell me !). I mention this because
I have done work for some clients who have subsequently been reluctant to pay, arguing that 'it is just paper', and 'what are
you going to do about it ?'. It's not just the money, but more the principle, and if such a situation arises, I will not hesitate to stop
all further work, request that any models sent to you are either returned or destroyed, approach the Small Claims Court for settlement,
and ensure you are put on a 'black-list' maintained by the BOS. I am sure it won't come to that.
Whilst I don't charge as much for my work as a lawyer, I do think my skills and knowledge are every bit as specialist.
If I can't undertake the work myself, I can help you with my extensive network of Origami enthusiasts to find
The British Origami Society
If you would like to know more about Origami, have a look at the
British Origami Society website. As a member of
BOS, you will receive a bi-monthly newsletter containing news and other information about paper-folding from
around the world contributed by a membership of around 700, access to one of the largest origami libraries in
the world, and many
other benefits. BOS is probably one of the most active of the Origami societies, and surprisingly, we
have more foreign members than British ones. In the Spring and Autumn, we have our convention weekends, when we
all get together to learn more from each other. We have folding sessions, where we teach new models, and we
usually have a famous folder as a guest to show us their work. Between the two big conventions, there are also
mini-meetings in various parts of the country, usually held monthly.
Eric Joisel's Grave
Eric Joisel was a friend of mine who I met at one of the BOS conventions,
where he was a guest. We became fiends, but then he fell victim to the evil weed, developing lung cancer, which eventually killed him.
I don't often tell people what to do or what not to do, but in this case
I will make an exception. DON'T SMOKE !, or as Eric would put it,
FUMEZ PAS !.
It's expensive, antisocial and not clever, and it can be very debilitating. It brought Eric to a premature end, and also killed my Dad.
Anyway, rant over. If you would like to see the grave of Eric Joisel and his family, look
It turns out that there is a wealth of Mathamatics and Science behind the simple act of folding a piece of paper. Over the last twenty or thirty years many mathamaticians and engineers have focused on different aspects of this art form.
As a result, there have emerged many practical applications, including:
Deployment of airbags in cars so that they do not injure the occupants
Deployment of solar panels on satelites, so they do not jam
Seven axioms (called Huzita–Hatori axioms) have been derived to keep the maths purists happy. You can see these described here.
It has also been proved via a 'thought experiment' that absolutely anything can be folded from a sheet of paper if that paper is thin enough and big enough. The thinking is 'Take a long narrow sheet of paper and wrap the object of interest. Once completely covered, it is always possible to cut the wrapping off of the object so that it will be flat. Any 'holes' can be filled with paper and folded out of the way, to create a model of the original object.' Something like that !