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Origami

Origami is the best! Don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate a straightedge and compass, but drawing is only one thing you can do with paper. Real paper exists in three-dimensional space, and if we allow ourselves to fold it, we can accomplish so much more. I could spoil the adventure with axioms and theorems, but it’s way more fun to discover the power of origami for yourself. All it takes is paper, patience, and a mind open to possibilities.

These pages catalogue my favorite models for learning and teaching origami. Many of them are traditional, which means that no one remembers who folded them first. Many more are modern, and I try to give credit where I can, but it’s often difficult to track the information down. Please, if you know where a model came from and I don’t, share the knowledge!

Very few of these models are folded exactly as I originally learned them. In each video I demonstrate the sequence of folds that I find simplest and most revealing. In many cases I have added variations, and I encourage you to find your own variations as well. Experimentation leads to new models and new discoveries about the art (and math) of paper folding.