back to the fold

It’s been quite a while since I last dabbled in origami, though when I was younger I used to make origami animals, flowers, cards, envelopes and boxes galore. In spite of the very prolonged pause since I last did it, I’ve long hankered after an instruction book for crazy, complicated modular origami shapes, as they always impress me no end. And then when I was in New York in April, what did I find if not TWO such books, very cheaply! Rather impressively, I thought, I managed to tear myself away from the heaps of beautifully-patterned origami paper on display near the books, since, as you can see, I already have quite a collection myself…

Last weekend then presented itself as the perfect opportunity to get my fold on once more, as it wouldn’t stop raining. I wasn’t remotely inclined to give in to the dog and take her out on the meadow; instead I fetched every last little bit of origami paper I could find, and piled it all up on the kitchen table, with a steaming cup of tea. I chose the most basic of the complex 3D shapes, and, with my origami co-pilot, chopped six square papers in half to make twelve modules, and got folding them. Eventually, we ended up with this:

I really love it, especially the way the windows wonk in different directions when you look through the centre of the cube, and also the bold colours and patterns of the paper. And it wasn’t at all hard to make; just exceedingly satisfying. I admired it for a little while, and considered taking the dog for a walk while the rain was only light. But then my co-folder suggested more tea, and another model, and before I knew it I was folding my way through a stack of thirty squares, in order to make this:

I think this one’s a dodecahedron, though someone should correct me if I’m wrong. Again, the pieces were mindbendingly easy to fold, but in this case it was a little more fiddly to put together than the last one. It took a while to figure out how the pieces attached, and another little while to get all thirty assembled in the correct shape. On more than one occasion I found I had one too many pieces at a junction and had to take one away. I think if I were to make this model again from scratch, I would do a neater job, but I’m still pretty chuffed with this one as it is.

Perhaps this is a relaunch into the world of folding paper? Using thirty pieces of origami paper a pop, I would use up my paper stash in no time! I do love these awesome geometric paper shapes, but the one problem I need to overcome now is: what on earth to do with them when they’re finished??? Suggestions welcome!