Despite the warm weather, it’s getting to be that time of year again… In less than two weeks, my parish will have it’s annual Christmas Fair fundraiser. I’m hoping to contribute some origami christmas decorations to the wares on sale! Last year, I made all of my Christmas tree ornaments out of origami, so I may make a few more for the fair. However, my focus is on making an origami crèche.
Back when I was in my early teens, I used to make and sell origami crèches using the designs by Ligia Montoya (found in Robert Harbin’s book “The Secrets of Origami“, the first origami book I remember owning) supplemented with a few additional models, such as the three kings (based on Montoya’s basic design for the other figures), a camel, etc. Nowadays I generally prefer making my own desgins, so a few years ago I came up with my own models for the principle figures of the crèche: Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus, an angel, and ox and a donkey.
However, the last time I did those models was several years ago, and the designs could still use some improvement. So, I spent some time yesterday and today remembering the design and trying to make some modifications. I have only worked through Mary and Joseph so far.
On the left: the models I made a few years ago with tissue foil.
In the middle: the working models I used to remember and try to improve the design. You can tell they were used for experiments – they look a bit frazzled…
On the right: the model of Mary remains unchanged. I tried a few things to add detail to the face, but they didn’t really work well. I think Joseph looks better with the beard. (I think most men look better with beards, but that’s another question completely. Joseph is usually portrayed with a beard, which was my motivation here.) I think they will look better when folded from tissue foil.
I don’t need to make changes to the angel, the Baby Jesus, and the crib, which I think are satisfactory. I do need to do some work on the donkey and the ox – mostly, remembering the details of the donkey design, and figuring out how to make the animals in the right sizes to be proportionate to the other figures.