larryhammer: yellow origami butterfly (origami)
[personal profile] larryhammer
Realization while talking with [personal profile] branna: I've been folding origami for 40 years. My usual personal marker for no longer being a youngster is my time online (35 years, starting with dial-up BBSs) but this is an even longer measure. And in its way more impressive.

Since, however significant this may be to me, that's not enough to make a post, here's a couple recent results of all that practice:

Three-headed dragon

Folded from a 10" (25cm) square, no cuts: three long necks with dragon heads, four legs, wings, and a tail. This was something like the 5th or 6th time I've made this model, and despite it being several years since the last one, it was not the technical challenge I remembered -- just long and complicated. Huh.

The apatosaurus was a very small dinosaur

A tiny apatosaurus* folded from 3" (7.5cm) paper from memory, by way of stretching myself. I can hold about a dozen models in my head at any given time, and this is the most complicated one I've ever memorized. With TBD old enough I don't have to pocket a tissue pack everywhere I go, I now carry small folding papers. I managed this model without resorting to a toothpick or the like, for working the smaller folds. And then repeated the feat in light green (not shown).


* AKA the Artist Formerly Known As Brontosaurus.

Subject quote from "Let's Go Crazy," Prince.

Date: 6 July 2017 04:23 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Since, however significant this may be to me, that's not enough to make a post, here's a couple recent results of all that practice

Both of those creatures have a lot of personality.

Date: 6 July 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
These are fun! :o)

Date: 7 July 2017 03:41 am (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Wow--being able to keep models in your head is especially impressive. I can usually follow an intermediate diagram, but unaided, I can barely remember the steps for a basic cup or boat. :P

(35 years! Congratulations(?). I bought a friend's slow modem 25 years ago and met BBSes that way. (Actually slow: 1200 or 2400 baud in the age of 14.4k meant being able to read text as it came up on the screen.))

Date: 8 July 2017 04:40 am (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Even so! I've made the basic shapes enough times that something ought to've sunk in, but no. :P I think I feel worse about it because my mother remembers the basic boat from when she taught elementary-school students to do it in 1970, and I've never done it without some sort of reminder. *shrugs*

*salutes you*

Date: 7 July 2017 04:03 am (UTC)
asakiyume: created by the ninja girl (Default)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
Very, very impressed. I wouldn't have thought it was possible to fold paper so as to create the three necks of that first model without cutting. Wow! And the apatosaurus from memory is very impressive too.

Date: 7 July 2017 04:25 pm (UTC)
asakiyume: (holy carp)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
I figured that it would have to be a lot smaller than the initial sheet of paper--I nearly wrote in my initial comment that you'd probably have to start with a large sheet!

If we ever meet up, I'd love to see you in origami action.

Date: 9 July 2017 03:47 am (UTC)
asakiyume: (man on wire)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
That last pic surely can't be all one piece of paper though? And must have involved cutting? Looking at the bag strap and her hands....

Date: 9 July 2017 10:13 am (UTC)
asakiyume: (definitely definitely)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
Okay: mind = blown

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