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July 27, 2012 7:07 PM   Subscribe

Origami Yoda

Design by Fumiaki Kawahata. This tutorial by Jo Nakashima.
posted by stebulus (8 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Got confused for a second and thought this was related to the books my sons enjoy. Apparently not.
posted by wenestvedt at 7:35 PM on July 27, 2012


Wenestvedt, your son will be happy to know that The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee is out on August 7. They are awesome books. Their origami Yoda is less impressive though.
posted by NoraReed at 7:38 PM on July 27, 2012


Too young these hands are
Video paperfolder
Can't wait for my turn

Shirley, previously
posted by vozworth at 7:41 PM on July 27, 2012


That was a very relaxing and mesmerizing video.
(there are no reference points)
posted by carsonb at 12:26 AM on July 28, 2012


Agreed on the soothing beauty of this video.

I'm also surprised at how much time is spent in preparation, making creases and then unfolding -- but then again, I can barely wrap a present.
posted by HeroZero at 2:39 AM on July 28, 2012


-- but then again, I can barely wrap a present.

Hah. Wrapping presents is much harder than origami. Hand me a square piece of paper and I will absent-mindedly turn it into a flapping bird; hand me a perfect cuboid to wrap and I will end up with something that looks as if it was taped together by a distracted hippopotamus.
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 7:16 AM on July 28, 2012


Aha, I get to talk about myself. I made this as part of an initiation "challenge" for an honors society in college. This one guy asked me for an origami Yoda (how cruel), so I looked up the nicest looking designs available, and made it. You can actually stick your finger up the bottom, and it becomes a cute puppet.

Origami is very easily self-taught through books, and as I recall, this piece was easy although a bit laborious. The trickiest part for me was the shaping, with some finagling you can get a really gnarly, naturalistic staff in Yoda's left hand. For quality results (tight form, crisp edges, and final shaping) it really helps to rehearse, and I remember having first made a prototype before doing the final version. For the final version I used white or beige paper, and flicked some ink off a toothbrush to get a starfield pattern for his coat.

But yeah… props to the people who invent these designs, and give them away on the internet. They are real artisans.
posted by polymodus at 10:12 AM on July 28, 2012


I'm a professional origami artist (no, really) and I can't wrap a present to save my life. I'm always the worst present wrapper in the bunch. Under the christmas tree I don't need a label on my presents; people already know who wrapped it.

Origami yoda has many incarnations; I try to avoid the collision space of math geeks + star wars + origami, it makes for cataclysmic explosions of nerdosity, which is rife in the origami world.

That said I always love origami posts, so two thumbs up!
posted by EricGjerde at 1:07 PM on July 28, 2012


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