Minimal origami
January 31, 2010 3:34 AM   Subscribe

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 (15 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
The "one crease" link is giving me several your-computer-is-infected javascript popups - might want to disable js before visiting.
posted by Dr Dracator at 3:56 AM on January 31, 2010

I checked the "one crease" link with McAfee and it seems to be OK.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:10 AM on January 31, 2010

Yeah, I tried it some more and it looks like it's alternating between the legit page and a page offering cracks and warez. It seems like the hosting provider has fallen victim to some sort of DNS hijacking.

A great post BTW - didn't mean to detract from the subject matter.
posted by Dr Dracator at 4:14 AM on January 31, 2010

The swan appears to contain three folds, albeit done in one folding action.
posted by fairmettle at 5:16 AM on January 31, 2010

The "One Crease" link worked fine for me. Of course it's possible that an infected site might only 'hit' a small portion of incoming traffic, in order to prevent it from being discovered.
posted by delmoi at 6:03 AM on January 31, 2010

I'll accept "minimal" but, there is much more manipulation going on than "one crease". That said, there is a quality of simple beauty in those pieces of paper.
posted by HuronBob at 6:05 AM on January 31, 2010 [2 favorites]

The designs on that flickr page are amazing, btw.
posted by delmoi at 6:06 AM on January 31, 2010

I got the bogus page, too. I flagged your post, hopefully a mod can remove that link.
posted by popechunk at 6:20 AM on January 31, 2010

I loved the minimalism. Some of these kind of reminded me of fortune cookies, but I like it. Something about the things he made were really relaxing. It was very clean looking. I'm not being very articulate (it's too early on Sunday), but I really enjoyed the pictures.
posted by TooFewShoes at 7:10 AM on January 31, 2010

Mod note: Killed the "one crease" link.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:25 AM on January 31, 2010

Minimal? Yes.
Beautiful? Yes?
One-Crease? No.
Still breathtaking in simplicity? Yes.
posted by bunnycup at 7:28 AM on January 31, 2010 [1 favorite]

[More after the fold]
posted by Elmore at 7:42 AM on January 31, 2010 [5 favorites]

For varying values of one.
posted by Evilspork at 12:25 PM on January 31, 2010 [1 favorite]

I was disappointed not to see the one-fold stegosaurus, but this was cool anyway!
posted by albrecht at 1:20 PM on January 31, 2010 [2 favorites]

Ah, I get it now. They define "fold" as a crease - no crease, no fold; although many of us would interpret any bending of the paper as a fold.

Thus, even though there are two hard breaks in the flow of the swan (the long crease and the sharp bend point at the head), and of course the wings are made by retroflexing the paper after the crease is made, only one crease was made - thus, one fold.

Other than that sensational-jargon aspect of their claim, it's perfectly wonderful to me.
posted by IAmBroom at 8:41 PM on January 31, 2010

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