Sunday, May 25, 2014

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: May 2014

//////  Four folders attended the May 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting. Three folders attended the May 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting.

Origamies we folded in May: (1) ACS Flapping Bird  (2) Masu Box & Lid  (3) NCC Gaillardia  (4) One-Piece Closed Gift Box  (5) Two-Piece Puppy  (6) Two-Piece Cat  (7) Two-Piece Panda  (8) Traditional Quad Lily.

1.  ACS Flapping Bird.  Design by Arthur C Smith. Diagrammed in “The Flapping Bird” (1976, pg 100), a compilation of the newsletters of the same title, from 1968 to 1976, edited by Samuel Randlett. The compilation booklet is available from OrigamiUSA.

This flapper is prettier than Randlett’s New Flapping Bird, and a bit easier to make. It flaps just as well.

 2.  Masu Box & Lid.  Design is Traditional. Diagrams can be found in many books and on-line. We made boxes and lids. There are various ways to make the lid just a bit larger than the box, so it fits over the box. We made the lid larger by making the Blintz Folds pulled away from the center about 1/8” and the Roll-over Fold, same. A nice, easy box that can be used for so many purposes. Make it from scrapbook paper and it will be very sturdy.

 3.  Non-Color-Change Gaillardia.  This model has been discussed in the Feb 2014 and Mar 2014 Reports. At this meeting, we made them from the Kaleidoscope paper that I bought from OrigamiUSA.

 4.  One-Piece Closed Gift Box.  Design was independently arrived at by at least three people, that I know of. According to Arnold Tubis’ white paper “N-Sided Closed Masus”, published in the OrigamiUSA on-line magazine “The Fold”, July-August 2013:

“A particular method of folding a closed 4-sided masu from a single square was independently discovered by Tomoko Fuse in 1995 (Fuse, 1995), Robin Glynn in 1999, and me in 1999 (Tubis and Brown, 2001; Tubis and Mills, 2006; and Mills and Tubis, 2007), and probably by many other folders whose work may not be documented. In fact, this closed masu model might well be a traditional one. This situation is very common in the case of origami constructions with simple geometric attributes.”

At any rate, it’s a really cool origami to know when you need a closed box for something fairly light-weight. When made from scrapbook paper, it’s quite sturdy and very pretty. I call it a Low Intermediate model only because forming the flaps is a bit challenging the first time, especially for non-experts. The model can be folded so that it closes clockwise or counterclockwise.

 5.  Two-Piece Puppy.  I don’t remember where I first learned this cute model, but a very similar design is diagrammed in “Origami Treasure Chest” (1991, pg 4) by Keiji Kitamura. A nice model for children. It’s easy to make, very forgiving of inaccuracies, and is cute with a face drawn on it. The head can be tilted different ways before taping (on the back) to the body, to give the model different “personalities”. The tail doesn’t have to be reversed; it can just be folded to the back.

 6.  Two-Piece Cat.  This model was discussed in the April 2014 Report. Here are the kitties we made in May:

 7.  Two-Piece Panda.  Design assumed to be by Keiji Kitamura. Diagrammed in “Origami Treasure Chest” (1991, pg 8) by Keiji Kitamura. This Panda is very cute and can be made in two configurations, standing on all fours, or standing up on the back feet. I call it an Intermediate model, as it requires some fairly accurate maneuvers and attention to detail to get the head to come out right. It also requires a kind of a Rabbit Ear collapse after making the precreases on the back side. But is it cute, or what? Look at these little panda babies:

 8.  Quad Lily, Traditional.  The Traditional four-petal Lily. Diagrammed in many books and on-line. It’s an Intermediate model, requiring Squashes, Petal Folds, and shaping. We made ours from letter paper cut into 8.5” squares, and also from 8” scrapbook paper, and 6” origami paper. The one with the dramatic red-to-gold shading is made from 6” Harmony paper.

All Photos by Chila Caldera, unless noted otherwise. If you use them, give full credit, for the origami design and the photo. If you use any Diagrams on this page, or pointed to, give full credit to the extent known, for both the design and the diagram; you may share, but not sell, the diagram.
Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 03 Jun 2014
Tue, 01 Jul 2014
Tue, 05 Aug 2014
Tue, 02 Sep 2014
Tue, 07 Oct 2014
Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Tue, 02 Dec 2014

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Sat, 07 Jun 2014
Sat, 05 Jul 2014
Sat, 02 Aug 2014
Sat, 06 Sep 2014
Sat, 04 Oct 2014
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
Sat, 06 Dec 2014

----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.

...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA

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