World Origami Days: Day 3 – Dollar bill Scottish Terrier

Designed and folded by me


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World Origami Days – day 2: Dollar bill Teddy bear

Designed and folded by me.

Happy World Origami Days!

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World Origami days! – Day 1

It’s been a while since my readers have heard from me, and I’ll explain that more in a later post. For now, let’s start to celebrate World Origami Days! This origami event goes from Oct. 24 (the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer, an important figure in spreading origami in America in the 20th century) to November 11 (Origami Day in Japan). OrigamiUSA is encouraging all origami artists to spread origami happiness during this period (as you can see on their website). I can’t do too much because I am still getting over a nasty viral throat infection, but I am going to try (no promises!) to fold at least one piece of origami every day and post a photo here on my blog. Today’s fold and photo: Jason Ku’s Rhinoceros Beetle!

Folded from one sheet of paper. I followed the diagrams found in Origami Masters: Bugs: How the Bug Wars Changed the Art of Origami. I folded this from basic “kami”; next time I do it I’ll try to use something a bit thinner and more malleable, or maybe wet-fold it.

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Origami bicycle

Originally posted on GoodMorningGloucester:

I have been ramping up my origami activity a bit recently, and wanted to make an origami bicycle for a friend. I tried to find instructions for one, but could only find references to two origami bike designs – and one is really a scooter, not a bike, while the other is a great design, but very complicated and not fully documented. So, I decided to try to come up with my own design. Because of the geometry of a bicycle, I decided to fold it from a long rectangle instead of a square. (While squares are more common, origami can be made out of different shapes of paper.) Here are my sketches and rough draft:

After another rough draft, I came up with this model:

It’s made from an single long rectangle with no cutting or glueing. It could still stand for some improvement, but I think it’s a…

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In case you forgot (or didn’t know) about Tacos Lupita…

Originally posted on GoodMorningGloucester:

Here’s a reminder.

Truly authentic Mexican tacos, $2 each.  (They also have lots other meat options and Latin American dishes, of course.) I got two tacos the other day, one with chicken and one with cow tongue.

Yes, cow tongue! Try it – it’s really good! I know that the thought of one’s own tongue and teeth chewing up the tongue of a dead cow grosses a lot of people out. But the meat is tender and very flavorful!


Tacos Lupita is at 63 Washington St. in Gloucester.  Open Monday through Saturday 11AM-9PM.


– Matthew Green

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Origami hippopotamus!

Originally posted on GoodMorningGloucester:

This happy hippo is folded from a single sheet of paper following diagrams found in John Montroll’s “African Animals in Origami“.

John Montroll has published many books with a variety of topics. Two of his books – “Origami for the Enthusiast” and “Animal Origami for the Enthusiast” – were a huge discovery and inspiration for me when I was first developing my origami skills.

Like Robert Lang (a contemporary and collaborator of John Montroll), John is a very nice person, and very approachable. I see him at the origami convention every year in New York, and we always have a nice conversation (which, in the origami world, is kind of like a musician sitting down to have a nice chat with Vivaldi). Actually, all of the great origami designers I have met have been unpretentious.

I will be scheduling more origami classes soon at…

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Origami Cats

Originally posted on GoodMorningGloucester:

A while ago I came up for a design for an origami cat:


Recently, a cat friend of mine named Neo (who lived with the family upstairs) died.  I wanted to give the bereaved family a cat in memory of the deceased, so I made this one, changing the pose from standing to sitting and making a few other tweaks to the design:

Then another friend (Alexander Thompson of Ma’s Brand fame) offered a bigger challenge: to make a black and white “cow cat” in memory of one of his beloved felines who now rests in peace, in exchange for a a jar of his (delicious) pickles. This is what I have come up with so far, based on a photo of the cat in question:


It needs a little bit of work still, but it was a happy coincidence that my original design for the cat…

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