Robin Glynn's Origami
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Cat
Good origami cats are rare creatures. I'm not too sure that this model does much to change that, but it does have it's own style and it is quite easy to fold. It was inspired by a cat called Gigi, who belonged to a witch in a superb Japanese animated film, Kiki's Delivery services.
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Badger
I nearly always design subjects that have either not been attempted before, or where there is no definitive masterpiece. Thus in my own small way, I can add to the great diversity of origami models that exists today. The problem is, so many origami creators have made such superb animal and insect designs that it is increasingly difficult to spot a gap in the market. In order to create an original origami creature these days you really need to look hard, and would probably have to choose an animal that hardly anybody would recognise anyway. Hey nobody's folded a situtunga yet! So it was to my great delight and surprise that I couldn't find any examples of that magnificent creature, the European Badger. So I've put that right!
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Teddy Bear
This was one of the first models I created and is still one of my favourites. One of my work colleagues saw me folding and asked if I could do a teddy bear. At the time, I did not know of such a model so I set about creating one. Amazingly, it only took about 20 minutes from the initial question to more or less the model presented here. As I have since discovered, designing models is not usually that easy, but that initial good fortune spurred me on to become a creator.
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Black Belt in Origami
It's the standard question origami enthusiasts are asked by amateur comedians - "So, you do origami, are you a black belt?". Well now you can say yes! More than just a joke though, this is quite a pleasing human figure, and poses the challenge that it must be possible to create other origami models based on martial arts. Maybe there are other origami 'jokes' that can be folded too?
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Monkey
I could not find a good diagram for a monkey. I remembered seeing Akira Yoshizawa's 'Swivel Monkey' which had a long tail and just seemed to capture the essence of a monkey. I believe that model was folded from 2 separate bird bases, so I decided to do something similar with a single square. This model is nowhere near as satisfying as the model that inspired it, but at least all the bits are in the right place! In the hands of a truly expert folder I am sure this model could look much better. It can be folded fairly comfortably with regular 15cm origami paper, but is better suited to wet folding.
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Monkey Head
I don't usually repeat an origami subject, but this model was created in response to a challenge set for one of our London mini meetings. It came out fairly well.
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Penguin
A rare model for me, a simple one! A challenge was set to create a model in less than 10 folds. Nearly all of my models would be classified 'high intermediate'. Such models may be fairly difficult to fold, but they are a lot easier to design than simple models. Simple models demand a great deal of thought about what features are important, and how to capture the essence of something with just a few folds. Saying that, a penguin is hardly original! Although it came out OK, I really must go back and create a few more easy models, but with more originality.
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Miss Muffet's Spider
Here's a subject I usually avoid, origami insects. There are so many super-complex anatomically accurate insect models around these days that I don't feel tempted to join in. But when I was given a challenge to design a model based on a Nursery Rhyme the idea of a comic spider for Miss Muffet appealed to me. I am quite pleased with my 'old school' approach to multiple legs.
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