Online Origami Surfing
The following links are websites that I have found useful, informative, mind-boggling or just plain fun. All links will open in a new window.
For Beginner Folders:
3D Origami Animation Diagrams - It doesn't get easier than this. Just follow along with the animation and you'll create your first Origami Crane in minutes.
Origami - Database where you can find folding diagrams for models by name or just surf the database in the subcategories of Simple, Intermediate, or Complex diagrams.
Origami Database - Database of models that can be found in publication.
Origami Resource Center - Wonderfully organized website. Also includes Kirigami, Tea Bag folding (you'll be folding the tea bag wrappers - not the soggy tea bags), and edible origami (hmmm, watch out for paper cuts).
Sy's Paper Folding Page - Sy Chen's designs, some have diagrams. My favorites include his Rose Brooch, Tai Chi (Yin-Yang) Symbol and Can Love be Squashed.
Joost Langeveld - Dutch origami artist Joost Langeveld and his amazing flowers.
Peter Budai's origami page - Hungarian origami artist Peter Budai presents a website that is informative for all levels of folders.
I like visiting blogs to get ideas for what to fold next. Here are a few blogs I visit regularly.
Useful Origami - Hayrow Kitty's (!) blog is very refreshing. Currently, you can follow the adventures of Kyle, an origami frog, as he travels across the US! He's very photogenic, appears to make friends easily and is spreading the folding word. I expect to get a post card from him any day...
The Fitful Flog - Open origami. Open source origami advocate Philip Chapman-Bell.
Crease is the Word... - Nick Robinson's musings.
Origamimommy - New blog by the very creative Patty Grodner.
Origami Spirit - Leyla Torres has an interesting and well organized blog.
Origamiancy - Ancella Simoes' blog is inspiring and nice to look at.
An Origami a Day - Pearlie's blog has good references for every model shown.
Origami Weekly - Andrew Hudson and Jared Needle's ambitious blog with the goal of designing and diagramming a new model each week.
Have Paper, Will Travel - The WordSmith from Nantucket, Michael Saunders.
Origami - Meenakshi's Modular Mania - Meenakshi Mukerji's website, author of Marvelous Modular Origami. Many free diagrams of her own beautiful creations and links to dozens of modular diagrams that she has personally used.
Won Park - Browse through Won Park's incredible photos of his money folds. (And no, he doesn't live in a garbage truck).
Money Origami - Clay Randall's dollar bill folding include the very cool serpent roll and spider. I also like his sense of humor.
Steve Hecht's Web Site - My favorites include his one-way arrow, flower (with stem) and elephant.Dollar Bill Polyhedra Sonobe Module - Photo steps for creating a Sonobe module from 3 dollar bills. Also known as Toshie's Jewel, Crystal or Hexadron.
Ravi Apte's Gallery - Excellent photo style walk-throughs of how to fold several tessellation based models.
Origami Tessellations - Blog style page by Eric Gjerde.
Ben's Crease Patterns Page - The link for "Crease Pattern Info" contains a tutorial to get you started with learning to read and fold from crease patterns. (Site has some navigation problems.)
Design in Origami - Besides standard Crease Patterns, this site offers a new way called "Progressive Crease Patterns." It's a nice new approach, which is somewhere between regular diagramming and crease patterns. Since some cps are nearly impossible to follow, this is a great idea.
Who's afraid of wet-folding? - Excellent article by Gilad with helpful photos, almost makes me want to try it.
British Origami Society - An article that introduces folding with dampened paper.
Wet Hand Towel Origami - Oshibori Origami is origami made from... wet Japanese hand towels! Very funny and well made website by Nick Ramsay.
Toilegami (toy-lu-GAH-me) - A practical bathroom book. What can you make with a single square of toilet paper?
Origami Folding Robot - OK, this isn't a joke, but it is humorous: Projects grad students come up with to justify their folding habits.
Papersonics Paper Music - Origami Artist Paul Jackson has created music from paper!
Nick Robinson's Music - Origami designer/teacher/author Nick Robinson has combined his musical and folding talents to create paper music. Be sure to check out the rest of his website while you're listening.
Some Origami Artists:
- Jackie Chan -
- Francis Ow - Diagram for his Tissue Box will be posted soon.
- Quentin Trollip -
- Ronald Koh -
- Brian Chan - Besides loving Brian's Guy Fawkes mask (from V for Vendetta) you must see Brian and Jason Ku's Origami Ultimate Challenge video.
Societies and Clubs:
OrigamiUSA - Headquartered in New York City's American Museum of Natural History. They publish a quarterly magazine and hold an annual convention. Local/International Area Groups include:
BARF Bay Area Rapid Folders - Even if you don't live in California, you'll enjoy this site, heavily influenced by Jeremy Shafer and his astonishing/amusing origamical mind. (Yes, I just made that word up.)
PALM Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland (Vancover, Canada) - Joseph Wu's area.
Listing of all OrigamiUSA Area Groups - Find one near you! I just love the acronyms.
British Origami Society - Be sure to click on the picture of David Lister (Origami History) for a wealth of topics he has written about.