Best Origami of 2018

The Best Origami of 2018 Awards Extravaganza is On!

Now that 2018 is officially over the Best Origami of 2018 contest is a go! I figured it would be best to wait until January just incase some awesome origami snuck in there at the end of the year.

There will be 12 different categories of awards.

First we have some basic categories like:

  • The Best Animals of 2018
  • The Best Fish or Sea Creatures of 2018
  • The Best Birds of 2018
  • The Best Dragons of 2018
  • The Best Insects of 2018
  • The Best Reptiles, Amphibians and Dinosaurs of 2018
  • The Best Mythological or Religious Themed Models of 2018
  • The Best Modular Models of 2018
  • The Best Miscellaneous Models of 2018

The Miscellaneous category will catch anything awesome that didn’t fit into any of those previous categories.

In each of these categories there will be a winner and a runner up.

After that we have some more interesting ones such as:

 

The Best Origami Model of 2018

This will be the overall greatest origami model from the entire year regardless of who the designer and who the folder is.

You don’t have to have designed the model yourself to win in this category.

 

The Best New Design of 2018

This category will be the best new design of the year folded by the designer. Pretty self explanatory.

 

The Most Unique Idea or Take on an Existing Model

This category is something a bit more interesting and hard to explain. These will be models that are folded in a unique way or a very unique idea that you don’t normally see.

This category can include models designed by one person and folded by another in a unique way or just super creative ideas designed and folded by the same person.

In each of these three categories there will be a first place, second place and third place winner.

 

How this is all going to work

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be making a series of posts for each category showcasing all of the models I picked.

At the end of the post there will be a poll and you’ll be able to vote for which one you think is the best in that category.

I’ll leave the voting open for each post for 2 weeks and then the poll will be closed.

After the last poll is closed I’ll do a final post announcing all the winners in all the categories.

I don’t really have any rules for the voting. If you want you can vote for your own model and you can ask friends and family members to vote too.

The plugin I’ll use to make the polls will probably only allow one vote per IP address though so you can’t repeatedly vote for your own model.

The winners will receive bragging rights and I’ll create a special graphic they can share on their own websites or social media pages.

The winning models will also be immortalized forever on the site in a special Awards section I’m going to create.

I thought about offering some kind of prizes but I don’t have much of a budget, I didn’t really come up with any ideas and I think a lot of the winners will be people from all over the world who may not even speak English which would make that all difficult.

So over the next week or so I’m going to be going through all the 2018 work from everyone who’s given me permission to feature their work on the site.

I’ll start putting up the posts for you all to vote as soon as I can depending on how busy I am over the next couple of weeks.

If you want to have your origami considered for the contest and you haven't given me permission before you can contact me here.


Colourful Fireworks

Possible 2018 Origami Awards Extravaganza? Give Me Your Thoughts!

So I’ve been thinking of putting together some kind of 2018 End-of-the-Year Origami Awards and I’d like to get some feedback.

My initial thought is to come up with some categories such as “the best origami dragons”, “the best origami fish”, “the top most awesome origami models I saw all year”, “the most unique looking new design” and stuff like that.

Then do a series of posts where I select my favourite 10 to 15 or so models that fit in that category, explain what I like about them and then let visitors vote on which is the best.

Then after a set amount of time pick a winner based on the votes.

There would be a winner and a runner up for each category.

Contest Prizes

Prizes

I’m not entirely sure what to do about prizes.

For sure you’d get bragging rights and I can definitely create some kind of award graphic that people could show off on their website or social media sites.

Other than that though I’m not sure what else I could do to make things special.

I could give away a few copies of my book but honestly anyone awesome enough to win in any of these categories won’t be interested in a beginner's origami book.

I can maybe offer some kind of prize from a website such as origami-shop.com. I don’t have a huge amount of money to spend but I could maybe offer the winner their choice of any item up to a certain amount or something like that.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Basically the contest would be open to anyone who’s given me permission to post their work on the site.

If you haven’t given me permission yet feel free to contact me and let me know you’re interested.

Also feel free to send me any links to any work you think should be considered for the contest.

I plan to go through all the people I follow on Flickr and look at their work from the past year. As long as they folded it themselves and it was during 2018 then it’ll be considered for the contest.

It’ll only be for models that you folded and photographed yourself. I won’t be taking models photographed at conventions or stuff like that into consideration this time.

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Let Me Know Your Thoughts

Let me know if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.

I’m also specifically looking for suggestions for award categories and ideas for prizes.

If anyone else has ideas to make this more fun let me know too.

The best way to message me is to contact me here.


Icarus Mid Air

This Person Folded and Decorated One Origami Crane Per Day for 1,000 Days!

I recently stumbled onto the Instagram account of Cristian Marianciuc and he’s been working on a pretty amazing project called Icarus.mid.air.

For the past almost three years he’s been folding one paper crane per day and decorating each one in a very unique way.

He just finished his 1,000th crane and every one is a unique work of art.

I asked Cristian to tell me a little bit about his project and he sent me this:

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I started my project on the 1st of January 2015. But towards the end of 2014, I had developed a habit of writing messages and then folding them into cranes: either for myself or to give to people close to me.

Paper Crane
Image source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ1eCANhAWv/

In a way, that’s how the idea of a visual diary materialized. The plan was to keep track of the passing of time, each day, in the shape of a decorated origami crane – each crane would describe in a creative way the type of day I was having.

The traditional crane model has a very special place in my heart. It holds such powerful symbolism, it is probably one of the first things people learn how to fold, but it also has become a symbol of peace.

Crane #356
Crane #356 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/_mIzHcvdMs/

The story of Sadako Sasaki left a profound mark on me, seeing how I also lost one of my sisters to leukaemia.

So, the crane embodies a few concepts that are dear to me: peace, serenity, simplicity but also creativity, and the idea of flight.

I have never studied art other than in high school. And even then, origami did not catch my interest in any particular way.

Crane #315
Crane #315 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/98j23zPdLN/

My professional background is in languages – interpreting and translations and diplomacy. But I have always had a keen sense of creativity and always enjoyed creating things.

A simple crane only takes a minute to fold. But throughout my project, I had days when I spent anything from 30 minutes to 7-8 hours on one crane design. I usually lose track of time once I get started. And 99% of the time, I listen to music while I work.

Crane #972
Crane #972 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYYJwmgDahy/

Anyone who has given origami a try can attest to the fact that it is incredibly therapeutic and it helps clear your mind. I usually let my mind and heart dictate what my hands should do. It is quite an organic dynamic.

Once I have a clear idea of what I want to create, I go ahead and do my best to accomplish that particular vision.

Crane #365
Crane #365 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/_87Hh1vdB4/

One of the ideas behind my project was to rediscover excitement and beauty in every little thing around me. So, I take inspiration from day to day things, such as the weather, or nature to more unlikely places – disappointment, boredom, decay and even death.

Crane #800
Crane #800 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BReLeCcjZ8h/

There were days when I struggled with what I was creating, not so much because I ran out of ideas, but more so because I was thinking too much about what I was doing, I was attempting to be too rational. I found that I work best when I respond to spontaneity and when I don’t put too much thought into what I create.

Crane #860
Crane #860 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BT3jhI-DMeO/

Initially, I wanted to be less open about my personal life. I had not planned on sharing so much about my daily experiences. I had envisaged only giving each crane a cryptic name and leaving it at that.

But gradually, and organically, I started talking about how I saw the world around me, my sources of joy and of sadness, my struggles, my travels and my hopes for the future.

Crane #988
Crane #988 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZBa53XDKln/

Adding the “song of the day” occurred later in the project, as a way of giving my cranes even more layers of symbolism.

There were some things I knew I would have to face in terms of finding the motivation to create something daily, but then there were other things, things which surprised me. And by that I mean having to keep a promise to myself to not give up, to show determination and discipline.

Crane #798
Crane #798 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRYPoPzjfjD/

I had a very romantic view of art, I was it as something that simply happens. But even art requires hard work and discipline. I had to learn that. I had days when I was very close to giving it all up, but eventually, before the 24 hours passed, I found the necessary motivation to keep going.

Crane #665
Crane #665 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMBvXachCFN/

I made sure to always put aside a bit of time to create a crane every single day, and that is not easy when a project, such as mine, goes on for almost three full years.

As I already mentioned, I have experienced this feeling of wanting to stop, or of wanting to take a break. But the longer the project went on, the more important the act of creating something every single day became.

Crane #985
Crane #985 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6Bj8cDvRb/

It had become almost like a ritual. I would pay attention to little things throughout the day, in case I came across something that would inspire me. I became much more aware of the environment around me, and nature especially became much more intriguing and beautiful.

While this project was happening, I was working full time, so I had to be careful about planning my days.

Crane #375
Crane #375 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAW9UadPdGz/

There were the holidays too when I was afraid I would get too distracted to continue folding and decorating cranes. But I am happy to look back and see that I kept to it and fulfilled my plan of not missing even one day!

Crane #916
Crane #916 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWIzRNzDPFt/

The reactions to the project have been overwhelmingly positive. This was meant to be an obscure, intimate visual diary, but people seem to have related to it profoundly and thus the current following and the different ramifications of the project into an Etsy shop and collaborations.

Crane #344
Crane #344 - Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/_GqqyLPdIU/

It still feels surreal that the 1000 days have passed. I think that is one of the reasons I have not symbolically made the wish I am "entitled" for now. I feel that if or when I do, it will feel like somewhat of a closure. So I am postponing it for as long as I can. 

The daily part of Icarus.mid.air may be over for now, but I will keep creating cranes and other paper art and sharing them with the world.

Crane #290
Crane #290 - Image source: https://www.instagram.com/p/88LGdYPdOm/

2018 will be the year of collaborations for me, and there are some incredibly exciting mini-series up ahead that I cannot wait to share with everyone!

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To see the entire project and all 1,000 cranes check out Cristian's Instagram page. Every one of the crane's has a short little story that's worth checking out.

He also has a Facebook page where you can follow his work as well.

If you really like the crane designs that you see here you're in luck because Cristian has also set up an Esty store where some of these cranes are for sale.

There's only one of each though so if you see one you like don't wait too long to get it!

Icarus.mid.air might be over now but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Cristian has planned for 2018!


Vending Machine in Uchiko Japan

Adorable Vending Machine Selling Origami Turns up in Rural Japan

Japan is known for having some pretty interesting vending machines that sell almost anything you can imagine.

Recently one vending machine that appeared in the rural town of Uchiko and has become very popular on the Internet. This vending machine sells a delightful collection of origami models for around 10 yen to 50 yen. That’s about $0.10 to $0.50 USD.

Japanese Vending Machine
Image source: https://twitter.com/bon_chic/status/850616810500005888

 

The vending machine was first spotted by Twitter user @bon_chic. At the time of this post her tweet has received almost 16,000 retweets and over 23,500 favourites.

The vending machine features 18 different designs and a handwritten sign that says "origami" written in Hiragana.

There’s also a little bag at the bottom with another sign asking customers to please leave the the empty plastic containers from their purchases so they can be used again.

 

Vending Machine Top Row

The items on the top row of the vending machine include several designs that will change seasonally. Right now for spring there are 3 helmets and a sword to celebrate Boys’ Day on May 5th.

Next there are some traditional carp streamers, a traditional Japanese iris and a special money envelope. These models can all be used for Girls’ Day on March 3, Boys’ Day and Children’s Day which is also May 5th.

All these seasonal items sell for 30 yen each.

 

Vending Machine Middle Row

The items in the middle row are a bit fancier and sell for 50 yen each. These include a jumping frog, a set of lips that open and close, a talking crow, a horse that can flip and a spinning top.

 

Vending Machine Bottom Row

The bottom row features simpler items at 10 yen apiece including a paper plane, ninja shuriken, goldfish, balloon, rabbit balloon and a balloon with wings.

 

When @bon_chic. visited the vending machine she purchased the flipping horse, lips, carp streamer and goldfish.

Vending Machine Purchases
Image source: https://twitter.com/bon_chic/status/850616810500005888

 

According to her the quality of the items is fantastic. Each one is made with beautiful paper to match the designs and folded with perfect, tight folds.

Origami Models from Vending Machine
Image source: https://twitter.com/bon_chic/status/851408769858756609

 

A Japanese news website has reported that the models are folded by a 61-year old woman who runs the shop the vending machine is located outside of.

They had an old vending machine that they weren’t using so they decided to fill it up with some origami.

Japanese Vending Machine
Image source: https://twitter.com/bon_chic/status/850616810500005888

 

You can see the shop and its vending machine on Google Street View.

 

The village of Uchiko apparently has a long history of traditional Japanese paper production and is a beautiful way to pay tribute to the area's traditions. Who knows, maybe we might see more vending machines like this not only in Japan but elsewhere as well!

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Sources: @bon_chic, Net Lab and Rocket News 24


Crane

Send Paper Cranes Around the World and Brighten Someone's Day with Fold Me In

This is a guest post by Andrey from foldme.in.

One of my first memories from kindergarten was drawing a Christmas tree, folding it in half and then cutting it out with small scissors. I got my first “red badge” — a sign of achievement that a single kid got for a particular task. I was about 4 years old and I must have felt so proud because I still remember it.

I’ve always liked crafts and making things with your hands. I love the peace you experience when you channel all your attention into the thing that you’re doing — you have to be precise as well as patient. It’s much more than just physical — it also had a mental side, which calms me a lot.

The paper crane was the first traditional Japanese origami that I learned to do. I liked the symbol it represented and I’ve used it a few time as a non traditional birthday gifts — I was amazed by how much people liked it.

So time passed by but the idea of origami stayed with me. I was folding paper cranes just for fun, in the evenings or just to get break from my intense developer daily work. But at some point I didn’t know what to do with them! One day I entered the subway and as I was at the very first station, I decided to try something — I left a small crane on one seat and moved few meters away. People starting entering at the next stations and most of them were just looking at it, but sitting right next seat. I remember the look of the woman that picked it up.

I left at the next station, but somehow wanted to know if she liked it. Does it make her feel better or at least smile for a second? What happened next — hopefully not throwing it away! I was curious where that crane went — maybe she was living in another city and just visiting? And maybe if she knew what my idea was, she would continue it — gift the crane to someone else?

Fold Me In
This crane travelled 298km from Bulgaria to Greece

That’s how Fold Me In was born — I wanted to give away cranes to people to make their life a bit better. Maybe just a tiny bit, a flashed smile, but it was still something. And track that crane’s journey, hopefully all around the world!

The mechanics are very simple — I gave each crane an unique name, took unique photo of it and stamped a little label with a url and code on it’s bottom side. When people pick it up, they can open the website, read the idea and actually become part of the journey of that specific named crane. They are instructed to continue it’s journey and just re-gift it!

It’s all a non-profit effort — everything’s free and I’m actually spending my own money for materials and mail service expenses. But it’s all worth it!

The project has it’s highs and lows, but fast forward — I restarted it less than a month ago, and I already received so much of a support that I’m just blown away! Slowly but steadily people started to share the site, like the photos I’m sharing and sending cranes to friends of theirs. We’ve got a crane with 4 picks that ended up in Denmark. Another one flew the whole way to Japan!

Fold Me In
This crane travelled 9441km from Bulgaria to Japan

People like Peter showed up and offered support one way or another. I was shocked when I received a donation from an awesome girl that I don’t even know, just like that! I’m so grateful and thankful to all of them!

And as it seems there are such a great guys out there that like the idea— I’m trying to expand it as much as possible. I would love to start sending more cranes, especially internationally. Get more people engaged, so it gets well known as an idea, gets more media coverage and attraction. And it has nothing to do with fame — just so that more people can get more crane gifts, and more of them get re-gifted later on and bring out more smiles!

If you think you can help and support it in any way, or even if you just like it — drop me a line — I would love to hear from you!

Visit foldme.in to send a crane of your own or to register to receive one from someone else.


Elephant

How You Can Help Save African Elephants by Folding Origami

Did you know that every year in Africa 35,000 elephants are killed for their tusks?

Did you also know that you can help save them simply by folding origami elephants?

96 Elephants has partnered with Origami USA for an origami elephant challenge.

Currently theGuinness world record for the largest display of paper elephants is 33,764.

What 96 Elephants and Origami USA are trying to do is collect 35,000 paper elephants to beat that record and educate people about the 35,000 elephants killed each year.

All you need to do to participate is to fold an elephant or elephants and mail them to the Wildlife Conservation Society at:

Wildlife Conservation Society
c/o Rachel Libretti
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460

The only rules are that your model has to look like an elephant and it has to be mailed in before the deadline on September 16, 2016.

They’d also like you to provide your name, address, email address and the number of elephants you’re sending in along with your submission so they can properly thank you.

You can learn more about this project on 96 Elephants’ website here.

They have diagrams on that page for 4 different elephant models that you can fold.

If you’re looking for more here are some great video tutorials:

 

Little Elephant, Designed by Li Jun

 

Elephant, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata

 

Elephant, Designed by Nobuyoshi Enomoto

 

Unknown Designer

 

If you're a more advanced origami folder here are some links to some crease patterns for some excellent elephants:

DanielBSB's Elephant

NGUYỄN Hùng Cường's African Elephant

Kota Imai's Elephant

Ivan Danny's Sumatran Elephant

David Llanque's Elephant

Tetsuya Gotani's Elephant

Shuki Kato's Asian and African Elephants

 

You can help this cause by both folding and sending in paper elephants or by raising awareness.

Here's the official link if you want to post about it on social media: http://pages.96elephants.org/origami/

The official hashtag is #ElephantOrigamiChallenge as well.

If you fold any elephants feel free to post a photo in the comments and just for fun here's an elephant that I folded myself.

Origami Elephant

This is supposed to be John Montroll's Elephant from the book Animal Origami for the Enthusiast but I didn't do a very good job folding it.


Ohio Paper Folders

Ohio Paper Folders is Raising Money to Bring Origami to Over 190 Children’s Hospitals

For several years now a local origami group from Ohio called the Ohio Paper Folders has been putting together little origami kits and donating them to a local hospital.

The kits have proven to be be very popular and they’ve received tons of emails and phone calls from grateful parents saying that it helped make a difference in their children’s stay.

Origami is a perfect activity for these kids as it can be done almost anywhere and started or stopped throughout the day.

Now Ohio Paper Folders is expanding this initiative and they want to put together booklets and kits of paper for hopefully 190+ children’s hospitals in North America.

The plan is for each hospital to receive 25 of 4 different origami books plus 100 packages (50 sheets per package) of different origami papers.

The more money they receive the more the cost per unit of these kits comes down and the more hospitals they’re able to supply.

They’ve set up a Go Fund Me campaign and as of right now they’ve raised $9,820 of their goal of $53,000.

If you’d like to help them out you can visit their Go Fund Me campaign here where you can also get more information about this fundraising campaign.

They also have an online paper store and the money they receive through there also goes towards helping their community projects.

If you’re interested in helping support this campaign click the button below to visit their Go Fund Me page.  There are a few different rewards for backers including discounts in their online store!

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Tiny Chicken

Anja Markiewicz’s Amazing Micro Origami

Anja Markiewicz makes some very, very tiny origami. She lives in Germany and goes by the name “Faltsucht” on Flickr which translates to “folding addicted” because of her love of origami.

Tiny Origami Coyote
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40474225@N04/4832164648/

Coyote, Designed by Román Diaz, folded by Anja Markiewicz

Diagrams available in Origami for the Interpreter by Román Diaz

 

Anja discovered origami about 8 years ago during a boring lesson in school. She was eating chocolate with her friend and they started to fold an origami ship out of the wrapper.

They cut the paper in half to fold it again and than again and again with smaller and smaller pieces of paper until her friend wasn’t able to fold anymore.

Anja on the other had was still able to fold the tiny paper and went home and continued to fold more models with the chocolate paper.

Tiny Origami Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40474225@N04/6614479141/

Dragon, Designed by Robert Lang and folded by Anja Markiewicz

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets, by Robert Lang

 

For her first year of origami she simply folded things based on instructions she found online and from a few German books.

Later she joined the German origami society and started to make a lot of friends while attending their meetings. She loves travelling to origami conventions in other cities and meeting new friends who also love origami.

Origami is definitely a passion for Anja but she also enjoys it because it lets her meet and visit new friends and even though she folds super small models she says it helps her relax.

She says origami is almost her full time job in addition to working part time as an occupational therapist with young children and elderly people.

Tiny Origami Snowflake
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40474225@N04/5385472958/

Snowflake, Designed by Jared Needle and folded by Anja Markiewicz

Video instructions are available here

 

Anja folds everywhere, at home, on the train or when she’s waiting for something. She always carries a little box with small paper and a toothpick so she can fold anywhere at any time.

She folds most of her models with just her fingers and fingernails which sounds crazy to me. Sometimes she uses a toothpick to help but she usually doesn’t need it. She never uses a magnifying glass or tweezers which again sounds crazy because I need tweezers to fold regular sized origami sometimes.

She likes to fold with a very thin paper that’s similar to tissue but stronger and waterproof. She says it’s very important that it’s waterproof incase she’s folding with sweeting fingers.

She doesn’t know the name of this paper but things it’s only 20g per metre cubed and it comes from Japan.

Origami Floreuskugel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40474225@N04/4902426364/

Floreuskugel, folded by Anja Markiewicz

 

Anja can fold a simple origami model in about 5 to 20 minutes and a difficult one in about 1 to 2 hours. Super difficult models like the yellow ball “Floreuskugel” took her about 10 hours so she folded it over a couple of days. She usually sets aside 1 to 2 hours at a time to fold a model.

Her smallest models start out with a square of paper only 4mm x 4mm. This usually results in a model that’s about 2.5mm in the end, her Cicada for example.

Origami Käfer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40474225@N04/4806102992/

Käfer, folded by Anja Markiewicz

 

The most difficult model she ever folded in the yellow ball “Floreuskugel”. The snowflake, violet dragon and the yellow bird are also very difficult tiny models that she’s folded. Anja is very proud of the fact that she can fold tiny versions of these models when many people in the Origami Society can’t fold a larger sized version.

She loves seeing the look on people’s faces when she tells them it’s just folded paper without cutting or glue. People are fascinated to see her fold in person.

She has her own website www.faltsucht.de where she sells her miniture origami models as keyrings, mobile trailers and necklaces. The prices of the products generally range between 7,00€ and 17,00€.

Tiny Origami Rooster
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40474225@N04/4805479451/

Hahn folded by Anja Markiewicz

 

Anja doesn’t find it that difficult to fold such tiny models and hasn’t met anyone who finds this kind of origami as easy as she does. Although she does admit that you have to be very careful with models as small as this because you can easily break them when you hold them in your fingers.

Be sure to check out her website at www.faltsucht.de and definitely be sure to follow her on Flickr.


Vulture Droid

Martin Hunt's Star Wars Origami

This is a guest post by Martin Hunt of starwarigami.co.uk.  You can more examples of his work on his website or on his Flickr page.

My name is Martin Hunt, I'm 32 years old, and I design and fold my own original Star Wars origami designs

As a child, my only exposure to origami were the playground folds that everyone learns at school - the flapping bird, the fortune teller, the paper boat - great fun for kids, but that was all.

It wasn't until I was at university that I opened up the doors to the amazing number of possibilities that were out there to completely transform a humble piece of paper. I picked up a book of origami as a cheap way to pass the time between lectures, and jumped straight in with the most advanced book I could find in the shop at the time - Robert Lang's Complete Book of Origami.

I struggled with some of the models at first, having dived straight in at the deep end, but my Maths degree stood me in good stead and I quickly picked up a rudimentary understanding of the techniques involved. After breezing through several more of Lang's books and most of John Montroll's back catalogue, my thoughts turned to designing a few model's of my own.

It was around the same time of the theatrical release of The Phantom Menace, so my mind, like many others round the world was filled with all things Star Wars. It was only natural then, that my first foray into origami design would also follow suit. The resulting model, an X-Wing folded from the traditional frog base, was nothing special, and it would be a ship I revisited time and time again, but it set me on a path that leads all the way to the present day.

Origami Star Wars X-Wing

For a few years, I came up with new models on a regular basis - the Millennium Falcon was the first of the current generation of models to see the light of day, quickly followed by the Star Destroyer, which was born from a bus ticket during a particularly long traffic jam! But by 2004, with my student years a distant memory, real life was beginning to take hold. A new job, a new city, a mortgage, marriage, and a brief flirtation with cancer, all conspired to put my dream of publishing a book of my own origami design on hold, indefinitely...

Origami Star Wars Millenium Falcon

...until, at the end of 2011, a spur of the moment decision to attend a meeting of the British Origami Society, wound up with me agreeing to fold some large scale version of my designs for display at the London MCM Expo. The positive feedback I received at this event rekindled my passion, and I resolved to go all out to make that dream a reality. I set up facebook and twitter accounts to gauge the public interest, and a new improved website followed in short order.

Obviously, with the long-awaited release of Chris Alexander's Star Wars Origami book, I've been beaten to the punch. But I sincerely believe there is room on the market for a more detailed and grown-up approach to the material to also be a success, and with enough support, I'm sure I'll be able to convince Lucasfilm to give me the chance to prove it!