Origami scrapbook FAQ

Q. How long have you been doing origami?

A. >10 years. There's not much here to show for it, and the convenient reason is the scrapbook will probably be a rotating display of recent folds to conserve community resources like bandwidth and disk space. The actual reason: I only keep a small fraction of models folded, and a hard disk failure several years ago wiped out the horrible photos I had taken at the time. Also, it is an honour to have a friend to whom one can give things.


Q. Why origami?

A. I'm crazy? That aside, there is an elegance in bringing out form through folding from one uncut square that borders on romanticism. Not all origami start that way, but it is an appealing aspect.


Q. Who is your favourite origami artist?

A. There are a number of origami artists whose models I like a lot, but if I really, really must pick one, then possibly Hideo Komatsu. The pleasant folding sequences in many of his designs belies a thorough familiarity with model structure and much thought put into each step.


Q. Do you use tissue foil?

A. Occasionally, but my makeshift sheets tended to be too thick for the models with which they were originally intended to be used, and reversing creases takes a little longer from the paper stiffness. There's a lot of potential in combining other papers that are thinner or have interesting textures. Some folders use tissue foil extensively and swear by it, so it depends on the model and individual preference.


Q. Do you fold from crease patterns?

A. Rarely, or much less than I would like, because I always seem to be doing it wrong, even though some people might say there is no such thing in origami and art.


Q. Do you have any advice on getting started?

A. Please enjoy it! Try to fold precisely, aligning landmarks — in many instances it will pay off later, when you need to refer to a line from a hundred steps earlier. Pick up different papers and see what you like. Observe any paper type and size recommendations for a given model, as this could be the deciding factor for successful model completion. Although there are many video tutorials, learning to interpret diagrams will enable you to fold designs not yet documented in video and other more obscure sources.

Updated:  2018-10-26 00:00 UTC