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June 18, 2013 11:03 PM   Subscribe

NGUYỄN Hùng Cường creates some truly amazing works of origami.

Nguyen uses a particular kind of Vietnamese paper, called Dó paper or poonah paper, made from the bark of the rhamnoneuron tree. In an an interview with allthingspaper, he says he's been folding origami since he was five or six. Clearly this is how long it takes to create such exquisite works, with curves and intricacies that are almost incredible.
posted by Athanassiel (15 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:16 PM on June 18, 2013


Wow.
posted by flippant at 11:35 PM on June 18, 2013


Wow.


And holy shit.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 11:46 PM on June 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 11:51 PM on June 18, 2013


Wow. And I remember when I thought I was the shit because I could make a Flapping Bird.
posted by Broseph at 12:12 AM on June 19, 2013


The first and last W are paired valley folds. The O in the middle refers to an outside reverse fold.

It's kind of smutty.

If you actually fold WOW according to the WOW instructions, you'll see what I mean...
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:19 AM on June 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think you're kind of smutty, twoleftfeet.
posted by Athanassiel at 12:38 AM on June 19, 2013


Pornogami
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:50 AM on June 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Obligatory link to Satoshi Kamiya's Ryujin 3.5 dragon model, a jaw-dropper -- how do they get so many points out of a square of paper?

But origami is not simply about technical prowess, and the OP link's models have beautiful, graceful proportions. Nice find.
posted by sappidus at 4:23 AM on June 19, 2013


Obligatory link to Satoshi Kamiya's Ryujin 3.5 dragon model, a jaw-dropper -- how do they get so many points out of a square of paper?

Just...how?

Thanks for the post, Athanassiel. Amazing.
posted by billiebee at 4:47 AM on June 19, 2013


If you like this, check out Between The Folds!
posted by Specklet at 5:23 AM on June 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


You want points?
posted by hexatron at 5:31 AM on June 19, 2013


How people can figure out how to do this is so beyond me. I could barely make a paper football.
posted by thelonius at 6:33 AM on June 19, 2013


Yes, I was pleased with myself when I was finally able to make a simple jumping frog. (After many blobby, crumpled wads of paper--nonambulatory toads?)

This...this is amazing.
posted by whistle pig at 6:44 AM on June 19, 2013


Folks interested in how to do this should check out Robert Lang and his open source TreeMaker software, which Nguyen seems to be using. I believe he is responsible for "upping the ante" with respect to what is possible, with respect to folding paper. I have to say that even with TreeMaker, this stuff is really hard to do, so full props to anyone who can!
posted by dylanjames at 12:50 PM on June 20, 2013


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