I like origami tesselations, but I don't think I would be very good at creating my own designs. Rather than using a single sheet, I thought I could "cheat" and do a modular equivalent. This is the result. Apart from being easier to fold, it has the added advantange that both sides of the paper can be seen, and can therefore be very colourful.
Inspired by an expanding geometric plastic toy. I could not achieve something quite as sophisticad as the toy, but after a lot of experimenting, I am happy with this.
This is an novel use for a fish base. It is also unusual in that this is a 7 sided shape and is therefore constructed from 7 units. The final move from flat to 3D is very satisfying.
Craig’s Crazy Cube started life as just a name. I have named a few models after family members, so it was time to dedicate one to my son. After Sally’s Stackable Star Bowl, I needed an equally corny title. I tried a few different approaches, but the intention was to create something that was unnecessarily complicated, but was not that hard to make. I am pleased with the result, the cube is fun to make and assemble, holds together very well, and I managed to avoid making a Sonobe variant.
This is a simple and effective modular 8 pointed star designed in June 2018.
I was trying to make a model that spins really well. I thought about the old push down spinning tops I saw as a child and tried to make something similar. This model does spin, but is not what I was aiming for, so I am calling it a bowl! Not given up on spinners yet though.
Here is a crow model. This is a reworking of an earlier model that I originally intended to include in my book. Not sure why I chose not to include him. He is a fun action model that is enjoyable to fold.
Here is a decoration for Halloween. This works very well with other colour schemes. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions, or if you wish to show me how a version you have folded.
Here is another Halloween model. I have been going a bit crazy with modular folds, so it is nice to go back to using single square. If my origami models could be said to have a "style", then I would say that this witch definitely looks like one of mine .
This is a very easy and minimalist model. Each bowl is made from 14 sheets, 7 each of two slightly different modules. The name came about after my daughter Sally observed that I had created models called "Robin's Wheel" and "Debbie's Star", but there was nothing named after her. I have now put that right and my son Craig will not be left out either.