Wednesday, June 27, 2007

OUSA Convention

My models for exhibition in New York made it, thanks to Brian Chan. Sadly, they didn't make it without getting a bit bent up. I guess thats a warning for me to be more careful with how I package my models. Next year I'll be sure to pack them better, especially if I'm sending my toaster (doesn't take much to crumple it).
Anyway, here are some pictures of my things at the convention, courtesy of Brian Webb:
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 02
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 03
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 06
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 08
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 04
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 05
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 09
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 07
Ryan MacDonell display - OUSA 2007 Exhibition - pic 10

More pictures of other models at the convention can be found on the Origami USA Annual Convention group on flickr.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Way Too Many Legs

This would probably be my most complicated design so far. However, I didn't manage to even get the right amount of legs, and a couple small things are missing. Recently, Sipho Mabona started a trilobite challenge on flickr. As always, I decided to try it out. I made up a CP, and only had to make some changes in the top corners of the original. I ended up with this, from a 32:32 grid
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With a lot of determination, that CP can fold into the following little Trilobite
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pine Sawyer

The other day, I met a bug. I kept it in a bottle by the computer for long enough to find out that he was a White Spotted Pine Sawyer. However, I didn't get to take a picture of him. After a couple of days, I let him free. Luckily for him, he hadn't starved.
So today I decided to design one, which proved to be easier said than done. Eventually, I came up with this crease pattern. No changes had to be made to it, the CP worked perfectly. It is from a 32:32 grid
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All thats needed is a fold to get the body shorter, and a bit of color changing for the little white spot on its back.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Rabbit Ears!

No, I don't mean ears from a rabbit. I'm talking about the small TV antennas that sit on top of your TV and don't do very well. I was inspired to fold this for the the english forums challenge by my own rabbit ears, which never give me a very good signal... In fact, sometimes it's hard to even see the TV!
Anyway, this is probably one of my simplest boxpleated designs yet! It's about as simple as boxpleating can get. The model is from a 16:16 grid, and heres the CP:
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The model needs just a bit of shaping to make the bottom part right, but it's pretty straightforward.
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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Dove

Before I even designed the Phoenix, I made a bird base (not the traditional one) from doodling with a ticket. Thats how I came up with the phoenix, by playing with that base. However, the first model I folded from a bird base was this dove. I first tried the model from a ticket, as I mentioned before, and I noticed that it looked close to a letter sized piece of paper, 8.5:11
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It doesn't really need that many details, but it makes this beautiful model:
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Rising from the Ashes

...of burnt toast?

This months challenge on the french forum is to fold a bird. Or should I say, the bird that doesn't exist (l'oiseau qui n'existe pas). I have been fooling around with different ways of folding birds out of rectangles, and came up with something from a ticket. Eventually, it evolved into the phoenix, and then the phoenix rising from ashes. Here is the CP I came up with, with a little bit of dividing into 8 for boxpleating. It's from a 4:1 rectangle.
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Yeah, it's pretty long. However, it has a nice result if you fold it properly:
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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Burnt Toast

I doubt that my toaster could burn toast, but I may be wrong...
I'm talking about my latest design, the toaster. Paper doesn't seem to conduct electricity, so I don't think that the toast would burn. This months challenge on the english origami forum is household items. The only problem is that it can't be furniture. So, yesterday I thought up this design, and then today I added the cord. It's from a 24:24 grid-
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The hard part is figuring out how to make the plug. That CP folds into the following model, with few details needing to be added:
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Friday, June 1, 2007

Sharp and Pointy

Finally, it's June. Almost summer time, the best time to fold like crazy!
Yesterday in class, I was randomly folding a square when someone came up to me and asked "Are you going to fold something sharp and pointy with that?", to which I replied "Hey! Thats a great idea". So I got to folding and come up with a simple little boxpleating base for a sword (sharp and pointy object) out of a 8:8ish grid.
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With a bit of thinning out flaps and a wrap around for color change, you get this:
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