Getting Excited About Folding Paper
When I was young someone gave me a couple of books by Robert Harbin and I fell in love with folding paper. I’ve done it on and off over the years but this year I’ve gone on a bit of a binge. It started in February when I revisited my favourite models from the Harbin books and tried a few new ones from a book I got for my birthday a few years ago. My children joined in for a while and our models are shown in the photos on the right. (Click on the pictures if you want to see them enlarged.)
I was unsure about the modular origami in the new book. I used to be a bit of a snob about origami in the past – if you needed scissors, glue or more than one sheet of paper then it wasn’t “proper” origami. In fact, even after I committed heresy and made my first modular origami piece, I was still a little underwhelmed by the whole idea; it felt like cheating. Then I came across this blog – Razcaorigami – and I started to warm to it a little because it’s hard to deny that some of his models are pretty darn impressive. I followed his YouTube instructions on how to make the units and wrote a comment that I would patiently wait for his instructions on making his cool-looking egg. I held off for a few hours but then (sorry Razvan) I scoured the Internet and found someone else’s instructions [but forgot to bookmark them :(]. I made an egg. I was hooked. I found instructions for a ball but mine didn’t come out ball-shaped. I dismantled both models and used the shaping technique from the egg video and the spiral pattern technique from the ball video to make the ball pictured below.
Then I came across Sergei Tarasov’s model of St Basil’s. His models are amazing and they are made of tens of thousands of the little triangular units. I’ve found that I can make my units at times which I normally find annoying; like waiting for my laptop to boot or during ad breaks on the TV. I’m trying to build up a stock of differently coloured units to make a new model of my own invention. Watch this
Last night I found a different kind of modular origami on the Internet and a model called a Bascetta star. I got really excited about making it because it’s like my favourite Harbin model, the Jackstone (see right), but it’s even more pointy (see above)! I realised that this is about the most excited I get about anything. I love making things. Some of you who get a kick from bungee jumping or whatever, might find getting excited about folding little pieces of paper a bit odd. I used to find it odd too and I’ve written a post about coming to terms with being a nerd.