Friday, January 30, 2015

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: January 2015

//////  Fifteen folders attended the January 2015 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting in Rosamond. Three folders attended the January 2015 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster.

Origamies we folded in January:  (1) Heart Bookmark;  (2) Six-page Booklet;  (3) Boat Note;  (4) Double-wall Box/Tray;  (5) Penta Saar Star;  (6) Octopus;  (7) Corner Bookmark;  (8) Traditional Drinking Cup;  (9) Simple Letterfold;  (10) Penguin Home;  (11) Traditional Flapping Bird.


1) Heart Bookmark.  Designed by Fumiaki Shingu. Diagram on-line at:


Low-Intermediate model. Requires care to make nicely/neatly. Made from half a square (1x2 rectangle). I used a piece of pink/white kami here.



2) Six-page Booklet.  Design is probably Traditional. This is a simple variation, made from 8.5x11 letter paper. I found a diagram, made and posted by Paula Beardell Krieg (2009), along with lots of other cool stuff to make from paper, at:

bookzoompa.wordpress.com

This booklet requires one cut. The pages are easy to “lay out” in a computer program, print the sheet, fold & cut, voila! A custom booklet or greeting card. We made them from 8.5x11 scrapbook paper.



3) Sailboat Envelope.  Design by Michael LaFosse. Diagram in “Trash Origami” by Michael G LaFosse and Richard L Alexander (2010, pg46). Low-Intermediate model. Features a color-change to highlight the sailboat. The envelope area is rectangular, making it nice for enclosing a business card or greeting card. Here’s the finished model:



And here is a view of it opened up, ready to accept a rectangular card:



4) Double-wall Box/Tray.  Design by David Donahue. Video instruction by David Donahue:


The model can be made from any rectangle, including a square.



5) Penta Saar Star.  We folded this model in December. In January, one folder folded this model from a pentagon, for a five-pointed star. I didn’t get a photo of it, but here’s one from a square, and made from foil:



6) Octopus.  Design by John Szinger. Diagram in “Origami Animal Sculpture” by John Szinger (2014, isbn-978-4-8053-1262-9, pg56). Intermediate model, maybe High-Intermediate. Forming the arms is challenging. You need to use paper with both strength and pliability. Starts with an octagon.

Elff brought this model, which she folded from Szinger’s book. She and I attempted it at the meeting with poor results (by me, anyway). The photo shows the one she brought to the meeting, made from gray letter paper (8.5” square) that she decorated with the colored circles.



Here’s a shot of the bottom of it, yikes! You need patience for this one.



7) Corner Bookmark.  This Simple model was taught by Fran. She learned it from a book, but didn’t have the title or author of the book. The inside flaps make a tight-enough fit that it clings pretty tightly to the corner of the page.



8) Traditional Drinking Cup.  This Simple, traditional model can be used to hold a cold liquid as long as it doesn’t have to hold it for very long, and of course you shouldn’t use tissue-paper to make it. It’s nicely diagrammed in “Simple Traditional Origami” by Tomoko Fuse (1998, isbn 4-88996-041-4, pg14). Kelly taught this model.



9) Simple Letterfold.  Design is Traditional. Diagrammed in several places, including “The Complete Origami Course” by Paul Jackson (1989, isbn-0-8317-2792-6, 1989, pg42). This Simple model is folded from letter paper. Can be mailed; just be sure to get the stamp-corner on the upper right (make the first two corner folds on the upper right and lower left).



10) Penguin Home.  Designed by James. No diagram available. This cute model depicts a little penguin in its “home”. It can also be thought of as an adult penguin enfolding a baby penguin. James, a RUFF attendee, designed and taught this model.



11) Traditional Flapping Bird.  Traditional design. Diagrammed in “The Magic of Origami” by Alice Gray and Kunihiko Kasahara (isbn-0-87040-624-8, pg86). I’ve discussed this model in previous reports. It’s a favorite.



Projected RUFF & HiDEF meeting dates (current as of date of this Report):

     February 2015
Tue, 03 Feb - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 07 Feb - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm

     March 2015
Tue, 03 Mar - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
***Sat, 07 Mar - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm (***May be rescheduled or cancelled)
     April 2015
***Tue, 07 Apr - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm (***Will probably be cancelled)
Sat, 04 Apr - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     May 2015
Tue, 05 May - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 09 May - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     June 2015
Tue, 02 Jun - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 06 Jun - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     July 2015
Tue, 07 Jul - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 04 Jul - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     August 2015
Tue, 04 Aug - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 01 Aug - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     September 2015
Tue, 01 Sep - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 05 Sep - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     October 2015
Tue, 06 Oct - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 03 Oct - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     November 2015
Tue, 03 Nov - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 07 Nov - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     December 2015
Tue, 01 Dec - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 05 Dec - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm

----- 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.

----- All are welcome, but preferably ages 8 and up. Persons younger than 8 years old usually (there are always exceptions, you be the judge) have a lot of trouble with origami and don’t enjoy the experience much. Persons under 10 should have an adult helper present to help with folding and provide behavioral guidance (I do not babysit!). Folders also need fairly good close-up vision (or glasses to get you there) and should be comfortable working with their hands.

...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: December 2014

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

Origamies we folded in December: (1) Kiri-Origami Gift Bow;  (2) Pop Star;  (3) Saar Star;  (4) Fuse Santa;  (5) Santa Claus Gift Box;  (6) Yoshizawa Simple Butterfly.


1) Kiri-Origami Gift Bow.  Design by unknown. This cute bow requires a bit of cutting and a simple sink, but can be made in 5-10 minutes and makes a nice wall or card decoration, or gift bow. Make them small for ultimate cute-ness! See Step Photos at:  http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-bow.html

We made them from the 6” papers that Barnes & Noble was selling in a 400-sheet book this year, for $8.



Here are more Gift Bows. The pink one is made from glossy origami paper. The red-&-green one has the points folded to the back for a different look.



2) Pop Star.  Design by Traditional. Use Duo paper or two papers back-to-back. Do a Full Blintz, then make a Square Base with flaps on the inside. Make a Bird Base from the Square Base, then “Stretch” the Base to make the model “pop” open. Diagram in “The Magic of Origami” by Alice Gray & Kunihiko Kasahara (isbn 0-87040-634-8, 1977, pg87).

Two Pop Stars, made from the Barnes & Noble Xmas Paper Pack.



Four more. The two at the top used two sheets of paper, placed back-to-back. The two at the bottom used one sheet, showing the white side on the inside.



These three were each made from one square of red-green duo paper.



1) Saar Star.  Design by Endla Saar. Diagram in “The Flapping Bird” by Samuel Randlett (self-published collection of newsletters, 1976, available through OrigamiUSA, pg97) Start with a Bird Base, all points in the up-raised position. Fold them down, but not all the way, leaving a “shoulder” at the top. Fold the corners of the shoulders (two on each of the four sides, eight corners in all) to the back (simple reverse to back). Open the long points out to form the star.

Again, we used the B&N Xmas Paper Pack.



Here’s the back of the model. Not too bad-looking. This model is especially nice made from foil.



And some Saar Stars from the meeting attendees.



1) Simple Santa.  Design is by Tomoko Fuse. Diagram in “Simple Traditional Origami” by Tomoko Fuse (I can’t find my copy right now). Starts with an Airplane Fold. Fold red tip to white tip. Turn over. Fold white tip to the front. Fold sides to back.

Here’s the model as shown in the book.



Here it is with the tip of the hat and the lower corners folded to the back.



Here’s one with a face.



1) Santa Claus Gift Box.  Design by Francesco Mancini. Diagram by F. Mancini and Francesco Decio found on-line. Says “variation of Carmen Sprung’s Hildegard-Schachtel”. Made from two squares, preferably red/white paper. The two folded pieces fit together to make the box. You can squeeze the back of the box to open it and put something inside.

Here’s a quartet of them.



1) Simple Butterfly.  Design by Akira Yoshizawa. I’ve never seen a diagram, but a photo of the model appears, in a photo of a group of Yoshizawa butterflies, in “Make It With Paper” by Paul Jackson and Vivien Frank (isbn 1-55521-803-2, 1992, pg131). Starts with an offset Triangle Fold. This model is best made from same-color Duo paper, and use small paper, 2” or smaller. Doesn’t have to be perfectly square, so tear out a square from any convenient folding material. Nice made from colored tissue wrapping paper; they will look very pretty in a window.

Here are the ones we made at the meeting.


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Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 06 Jan 2015
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Tue, 03 Feb 2015
Tue, 03 Mar 2015
Tue, 07 Apr 2015

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Sat, 03 Jan 2015
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Sat, 07 Feb 2015
Sat, 07 Mar 2015
Sat, 03 Apr 2015

----- 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.

----- All are welcome, but preferably ages 8 and up. Persons younger than 8 years old usually (there are always exceptions, you be the judge) have a lot of trouble with origami and don’t enjoy the experience much. Persons under 10 should have an adult helper present to help with folding and provide behavioral guidance (I do not babysit!). Folders also need fairly good close-up vision (or glasses to get you there) and should be comfortable working with their hands.

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