Modular – Isolde Sonobe

I chanced upon this book at a Waterstones shop a few months ago called Zen Origami, written by the well-known origami creator Maria Sinayskaya. It is a really nice book containing designs and instructions for 20 different modular origami projects, as well as 400 pieces of folding paper in 10 different patterns. A perfect size […]

Kusudama “Nejire Shikaku Mado”

Next from Tomoko Fuse’s Kusudama Origami book. I did something different this time. Since my last one was so fiddly, I opted to use full-size (15cm) paper this time. I didn’t realise that I wouldn’t need it for this one. This model is called “Nejire Shikaku Mado” (ねじれ四角窓 – Twisted Square Window). A square frame […]

Kusudama “Kirikomi Kiriko – Suisha”

The next thing I tried in my Kusudama Origami book is the “Kirikomi Kiriko Tourou – Suisha” (切り込み切子 灯篭 – 水車) or a cut faceted waterwheel-style lantern. A bit of a mouthful, but the premise of this kusudama is that it must be cut in certain area to achieve the pinwheel design. (When making pinwheels, you […]

Kusudama “Gaku Mitsuya”

Remember the Mitsuya Kiriko? I noticed the other day that it was not secured well enough and the loop that held it started falling out of place. I thought I should remake the model again but more securely, until I noticed a similar design in my Kusudama Origami book. This one was called “Gaku Mitsuya” […]

Kusudama “Hanahoshi Hakkaku Kiriko”

Another model from the Tomoko Fuse book. (See the other models that I’ve made from this book so far, Mitsuya Kiriko and Hanahitai Mitsuya) This model’s name is “Hanahoshi Hakkaku Kiriko” (花星八角切子) – This one actually has a translation. “Hanahoshi” is star flower, “Hakkaku” is octagon or star anise seed, and “Kiriko” is a faceted […]