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Origami Theory
Here are a selection of articles and comments about origami design and theory.

Tools of the trade

Origami is a pure artform in that it needs only one material a sheet of paper. So is that all that the aspiring paperfolder needs? Not quite; this page describes the tools that I most commonly use when crafting an Origami model.

A Siamese Cat

A challenege on the Origami Mailing list was issued to develop a Siamese cat recently. I decided to give it a go! Rather than design my own base, I decided to try and modify a John Montroll model. The 'Sitting cat' in 'Bringing Origami to Life' is a nice model, but in my opinion has a major flaw. An important rule of Origami that David Brill suggests is efficiency of paper; that is corners should not be tucked in and forgotten. In the cat model, three of the four corners are not really used! I have decided to utilise them for this Siamese cat.

The Kawazaki Rose

Kawasaki has designed a superb rose, instructions of which are available in Origami for the Coinnesieur. A lot of people are asking for help with this model on the Origami mailing list. Rather smugly, I have folded this from a 1" square of red paper, the photo of which is below, set on the page of instructions. Joseph Wu has put me in my place, however. It seems he has folded one from a 1cm square of paper, so it looks like I still have a way to go to fold the smallest one ever. Watch this space...

Laparoscopic Origami

I have recently been on a surgical skills course. The last day was dedicated to Laparoscopic surgery, that is, keyhole surgery on the abdomen. We had a plastic abdomen to practice on. Instruments were inserted using 'ports', plastic tubes surgically positioned into the peritoneal cavity. A camera was inserted through one of these and attached to a monitor. Using other ports, instruments such as grabbers, scissors and diathermy could all be introduced, albeit on the end of long handles. I had plenty of fun with the simulated 'gall bladder' and 'appendix' exercises and various other advanced dexterity puzzles.

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