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Paper for Water

Katherine and Isabelle Adams are 9 and 11 years old. When they learned that girls in many places have to walk for miles to get to the nearest well (and clean drinking water), they decided they wanted to help. They started selling their origami ornaments to fund a single well in Ethiopia. When they overshot their goal, they just kept going. [more inside]
posted by colfax on May 3, 2016 - 4 comments

How to replicate the origami figures in Blade Runner

Kenneth Thompson searched the internet to find a place to purchase one of Gaff's unicorns from Blade Runner, and when he couldn't find any he decided to make it himself. And while he does sell them, he has provided free instructions and videos to help anyone make their own Blade Runner origami unicorn or chicken. Includes bonus matchstick man instructions.
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 10, 2016 - 32 comments

Has a piston stroke of just 6 millimeters

The origami engine: Incredibly detailed tiny V8 motor made of paper revealed (and it really works)
posted by Michele in California on Jan 23, 2016 - 9 comments

Inspired by mathematical theorems or open problems...

Conveyer Belt Font. More mathematical and puzzle fonts/typefaces you can play with in your browser. Read about them in the article Fun with Fonts: Algorithmic Typography. [PDF]
posted by Wolfdog on Sep 8, 2015 - 6 comments

Miniature Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades

Origami Robot Folds Itself Up, Does Cool Stuff, Dissolves Into Nothing [yt] - "At ICRA 2015 in Seattle yesterday, researchers from MIT demonstrated [yt] an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and degrades. That's the title of their paper [pdf], in fact, and they delivered on all of those promises: from a flat sheet with a magnet on it, their robot folds itself up in just a few seconds, is immediately ready to zip around on land or water driven by magnetic fields, and then when you've run out of things to do with it, drive it into a tank of acetone and it'll dissolve. This is the first time that a robot has been able to demonstrate a complete life cycle like this, and eventually, it'll be doing it inside your body." (via; previously)
posted by kliuless on May 29, 2015 - 38 comments

My New Folding and Throwing Technique is Unstoppable

John Collins, holder of the world record for paper airplane flight distance, shows you how to fold that airplane. Here, he demonstrates the plane to David Rees[previously], along with a few other designs, which he also teaches to you: the Tube, the Boomerang, and the Tumbling Wing. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Nov 16, 2014 - 11 comments

The Miura fold: art and mathematics of origami

The Miura fold, a type of rigid origami that works by folding flat, rigid sheets with hinges, has a number of uses. For instance, It's great for folding a map, because Interdependence of folds means that it is very difficult to reverse them and the amount of stress place on the map, and can be used on solar panels that need to be folded and unfolded by automation, as deployment only requires one motor, and to transport materials for telescope lenses that originally would be too big to fly into space. Here's one schematic for duplicating the Miura fold (PNG), and a simplified version (YouTube). More information and fun with scientific origami at Robert J. Lang's origami website.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 19, 2014 - 17 comments

The Foldoscope, a 50 cent paper microscope

Stanford bioengineer Manu Prakash has developed the Foldoscope (pdf), an Origami-based paper microscope. A shave and a haircut is two bits (25 cents), the Foldoscope costs only twice that.
posted by Rob Rockets on Mar 10, 2014 - 10 comments

Using just one uncut square of paper

NGUYỄN Hùng Cường creates some truly amazing works of origami. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Jun 18, 2013 - 15 comments

Okay now do that 59 more times!

Start your Monday with some beautiful modular origami at Kusudama Me! by Lukasheva Ekaterina. [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 comments

Origa(s)mic Architecture

On the one hand we have kirigami, the slightly more dangerous variation of origami that involves razor-sharp instruments (think snowflakes). On the other hand we have architecture. Now put your hands together... [more inside]
posted by heyho on Feb 13, 2013 - 12 comments

When Dinosaurigami Ruled the Earth

Dinosaurigami!
More Dinosaurigami!
Further Adventures in Dinosaurigami!
Deeper into Dinosaurigami!
We'll have fun, fun, fun, until daddy takes the dinosaurigami away!
Return to the Valley of Dinosaurigami!
posted by brundlefly on Jan 18, 2013 - 6 comments

Origami Chair

Foldable Origami Chair ~via gizmodiva
posted by TangerineGurl on Oct 20, 2012 - 9 comments

And collapsible hexagons are, I suppose, cool enough to at least amuse you a little bit during your class...

To keep yourself amused during your math class, you start playing with [all these strips of paper]. And by you, I mean Arthur H. Stone in 1939. (SLYT)
posted by 256 on Oct 1, 2012 - 35 comments

You must unfold what you have folded.

Origami Yoda [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Jul 27, 2012 - 8 comments

Strictly Beautiful

It was this post about clockwork paper jewelry that lead me to the blog, Strictly Paper. But there are so many amazing things here.
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 23, 2012 - 8 comments

Sometimes love is best expressed with something sticky

Paper flowers are lovely, but if you are feeling crafty and want to make your loved one something a bit different this Valentine's Day, why not make them some Realistic Duct-Tape Roses? [via]
posted by quin on Feb 13, 2012 - 15 comments

Putting a style in your crimp

Le Crimp (mostly en français) is a French collective that explores organic and abstract geometric [ I | II | III ] (PDFs) approaches to the art of origami. Read the white papers, browse the gallery or watch videos of artworks being made or being used in still-motion animations
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 23, 2011 - 6 comments

tiny origami

Tiny origami on fingertips. Artist: Anja Markiewicz. Her Flickr set and nano-origami set. More teeny tiny origami by Mui-Ling Teh. Perhaps inspired by MeFite Specklet's Tiny Animals on Fingers. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Aug 14, 2011 - 9 comments

Flottille - amazing water-powered origami

Flottille by Etienne Cliquet. Exquisite moving origami powered by the capillary action of the paper.
posted by Plutor on May 16, 2011 - 17 comments

X-ray Origami is Damn Cool.

Seriously taking origami to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Glinn on May 2, 2011 - 13 comments

paper sculpture

Giang Dinh uses the wet folding origami technique to make faces, animals, figures, and even miniatures.
posted by heatherann on Mar 20, 2011 - 12 comments

Card stock. Tape. ALL DAY.

Easy Paper Toy of Endless Fascination [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jun 20, 2010 - 23 comments

Free Paper Airplane Designs

I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
If you come around here, I make 'em all day
I get one down in a second if you wait [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Feb 3, 2010 - 11 comments

Minimal origami

Minimal origami is paper folding with just one fold. A single fold in a piece of paper is enough to make a swan or an interesting curve. Notably, Paul Jackson has made beautiful one crease origami structures.
posted by twoleftfeet on Jan 31, 2010 - 16 comments

angrigami

Ze Frank received many wonderful, heartfelt and poignant responses to from 52 to 48 with love in the form of pictures, comments and emails. However, as it became more widely circulated, it also provoked intense anger and outrage. So, he created angrigami as an attempt to devour the entire carcass, bones, bile and all.
posted by netbros on Dec 21, 2008 - 36 comments

art and science folded together

MetaFilter's Eric Gjerde has just come out with a book, Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs. Eric also makes really unusual, complex and mathematically interesting origami. His site has all kinds of cool things to look at and explore, like Owen Jones' The Grammar of Ornament, Joel Cooper's amazing paper sculptures and Ernst Haeckel's awesome book, Kunst-Formen der Natur. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Dec 16, 2008 - 8 comments

Modular

Origami inspired bamboo and paper modular buildings for use as temporary shelters, by Ming Tang.
posted by Artw on Oct 24, 2008 - 17 comments

NetFlix Origami

NetFlix Origami The fun way to recycle your NetFlix flaps
posted by ColdChef on Sep 12, 2008 - 13 comments

Download - Print - Cut - Fold

Cubecraft - Stormtrooper, The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Iron Man, Mario etc. More (Sonic, Ninja Turtles etc) here.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 18, 2008 - 14 comments

Not your father's paper airplane

Mach 7 Origami Plane - Designs for origami planes abound. How many of them reach Mach? How many get launched from the International Space Station? A team from the University of Tokyo is planning just such a launch.
posted by caddis on Jan 16, 2008 - 19 comments

Moneygami

Moneygami. Money folded to look like people wearing hats. (Via.)
posted by Astro Zombie on Dec 16, 2007 - 21 comments

Heaps and Heaps of Origami Designs.

Got some spare time? Then let's learn origami! Check out this large collection of origami designs (suitable for beginners too), and here's some instructional origami videos to help you along.
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 17, 2007 - 6 comments

A single sheet of paper, folded many times

Eric Joisel may be the greatest living origami artist. Here is how he does it. Here is a short documentary about him.
posted by aeschenkarnos on Nov 5, 2007 - 20 comments

Insects. Made of paper.

What would make origami cool? Insects, of course! Click "写真の一覧" for thumbnails. [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Sep 16, 2007 - 12 comments

Paper airplanes have never been so difficult

Excellent instructions for building many different types of paper planes. All use one sheet of A4 8.5x11 paper. Some of these are quite advanced! Plus: tips from champion folders. With help from origami.me.uk.
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jun 17, 2007 - 14 comments

The Intersection of Origami & Escher

Origami Tessellations is the website of Metafilter member Eric Gjerde. In addition to the many interesting posts on the main page (such as this article about an artist who lasercut an 85:1 scale model of his house into a hardback book), the site features many original pieces by Gjerde, with downloadable PDF diagrams & graphics to show you how to make your own geometric art out of paper.
posted by jonson on May 25, 2007 - 15 comments

Moneygami

Moneygami is origami made from U.S. currency; the subtle genius lies in the way the artist incorporates the prints on the dollar bills into the facial characteristics of the finished figures. More moneygami here. Via.
posted by jonson on May 6, 2007 - 14 comments

Tha Japanese Tradition

Comedy duo, Ramenz (ラーメンズ), aka Kobayashi Kentaro and Katagiri Jin, also known as the Japanese versions of Mac and PC, have recently done a number of shorts collectively called "The Japanese Tradition." Apparently, these tongue-in-cheek pseudo-instructional vids about famous aspects of Japanese culture (Tea, Chopsticks, Sushi, Origami, Apology, Onigiri, and Relationships) have been fooling a lot of non-natives into thinking they are actual guides. (YouTube, each approx 4-6 min).
posted by ikahime on Mar 29, 2007 - 35 comments

Origeometry

What if Euclid had been Japanese? There are traditionally stated and proved theorems about origami. And MetaFilter has previously explored modular origami (as well as the boring old artistic kind), which has a geometric foundation. However, origami itself is a powerful mathematical framework that allows one to, for instance, solve the famously insoluable problem of trisecting an angle. More generally: Traditional geometry solves quadratic equations, origami solves cubic ones. (Many more mathematical items about and using origami can be found in the excellent mathematics teachers' book: Project Origami: Activities for Exploring Mathematics, most of which are unfortunately not findable online).
posted by DU on Feb 13, 2007 - 9 comments

Origami Deluxe

Satoshi Kamiya makes some pretty incredible origami.
posted by grouse on Feb 10, 2007 - 17 comments

Fold carefully, grasshopper.

Kokigami: origami for Mr. Happy. (Not, not this. And not ninjas, either.) The sensuous practise of Kokigami originated from the ancient Japanese art form of giving beautifully wrapped gifts.
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 15, 2006 - 11 comments

More than Just Origami

Although paper sculptures have been discussed on the Blue before, you might also want to check out Calvin Nicholls (click on the gallery or portfolio links), who was profiled in the latest issue of Somerset Studio magazine. Here's another guy who creates people sculptures out of paper. There are many other artists out there who make sculptures from paper. Museums sometimes have exhibitions of their work. Check them out in person if you get a chance. Some of the sculptures are unbelievable.
posted by cass on May 30, 2006 - 3 comments

Paper Art and Architecture

Yee is a Canadian Artist. His company Yee's Job is located in Montreal. He designs & handcrafts all kind of paper craft, such as a working V-8 engine made of paper, a paper biplane clock, the Cathedral at Notre Dame and more.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Dec 14, 2005 - 15 comments

Another damn StarWars link

Another damn StarWars link
posted by IndigoJones on May 20, 2005 - 9 comments

Origami Robot

Robots that can fold origami has been an open research problem -- the holy grail of manipulator dexterity. This Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. candidate came up with a pretty elegant methodology.
posted by stacyhall1 on May 12, 2005 - 12 comments

Dollar Bill Origami

Origami is a endeavor that is undertaken by many, using what's available. Often, that is money. Sometimes simple, and sometimes complicated the result is often spiffy and incorporates the bill's features into the design.
posted by apathy0o0 on Jan 19, 2005 - 7 comments

Money Art

Money Art. They say it's hard to make money from art, but some people find ways to make art from money. Or at least a few accessories. (via)
posted by cali on Jan 7, 2005 - 8 comments

Modular Origami

Modular Origami is a very cool thing. Make a Buckyball with some PHiZZ units or make some polyhedra with the penultimate modules.
posted by dwordle on Dec 1, 2004 - 8 comments

Extreme Origami

I enjoy some basic origami birds that can flap their wings as much as the next guy, but check out this how-to origami gallery of insane projects. The Sea Urchin?! The Octopus?! The Rickshaw?! I have no idea how they did half of these. [via red ferret]
posted by mathowie on Nov 11, 2004 - 15 comments

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