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Origami and Cirque du Soleil

20 January 2015

In September 2014, Cirque du Soleil made a short film with 10 quadcopters (small helicopters) inside lampshades. When I first saw the film, I totally didn’t care or even realize how the lamps floated around the air — I was mesmerized by the origami tessellations used to create some of the lamp shades. I don’t have any information about who made the origami lampshades or who designed the patters. If you do, please let me know in the comments.

If you click on the “Playlist” tab in the upper left corner of the video and select the second video, you’ll get a behind-the-scene look at how the creators used the quadcopters.

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22 May 2014
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Origami Cat

30 April 2014

I saw this picture of an origami cat on the Origami USA website and thought, “I can figure out how to make that.” So, I did. The problem is that mine looks kind of like a slug because of my paper choice.


origami cat

Origami Swan

23 April 2014

This origami swan is an elegant-looking model. I used patterned origami paper with the white side up.

origami swan

You can find the diagram for this model in the book Origami for the Connoisseur.

Origami Baboon

16 April 2014

This origami baboon has a baby monkey on its back. The next time I make this model, I plan to use double-sided paper that’s grey and red.

origami baboon

You can find the diagram for this origami monkey in the book Origami Omnibus.

Origami Lion

9 April 2014


This origami lion looks great from the side:

origami lion

If possible, hide the front view of this model. This is why:

origami lion

Learn to fold this model in the book Origami Omnibus.

Origami Crab

2 April 2014

If you’re making an ocean scene out of origami, this origami crab may make a nice addition.

origami crab

You can find the diagram for this model on my Pinterest account’s origami board.

Origami Llama

26 March 2014

The first time that I made this origami llama, I just about shred the paper. I got frustrated, came back to it later, then figured it out and then gave it away. The llama pictured is the second one that I made. It was much simpler to make the second time.

origami llama

Find the diagram for this model in the book Origami Omnibus.

Origami Chickadee

19 March 2014

To be honest, I don’t know what type of origami bird this is. Anyhow, it’s cute.

origami bird

You can find the diagram for this model in the book Origami Omnibus.

Origami Water Lily

12 March 2014

Origami water lilies are one of my favorite origami flowers to make. This one comes from the book Origami Omnibus.

origami water lily