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Origami Weekly: Looking Back and Forward

It’s been a year.
Motivated by yet another simple, traditional-model-filled origami fold-a-day
calendar, Andrew Hudson suggested we do our own more sophisticated
version. Thus Origami Weekly was born. Every week we would release a new
diagram. We had a couple goals. The two main ones were for Andrew to get a
lot of practice diagramming, which we definitely accomplished. The second
was to get many up-and-coming, or relatively unknown talented origami
creators, including Andrew, some extra exposure. I’d say we did a good job on
that one too.
One year and 58 diagrams later here we are again. Yes, 58 diagrams. 11 of
them were crease patterns, but those are still a form of diagram, and they were
We learned a few things. Getting a new diagram for every week is hard. We
pretty nearly tapped out the entire online origami community of diagrams for
the year.
In the summer we hit a lull. We just about ran out of submitted diagrams. We
did manage to procure a fantastic series to finish off the year, but we knew
something needed to change.

For a few months Andrew and I discussed possibilities. magazine. featured photos. We’re doubling! We are pleased to introduce the newest two members to the Origami Weekly we really couldn’t tell. online. but we wanted to keep that discussion quiet. but do not expect us to release over 50 diagrams this time around. A Thank you all for being a part of Origami Weekly! --Jared Needle . It was clear that weekly diagrams would not work. The other change is a personnel change. and so on. Just go to http://www. Lastly. Our decision was to really take that to heart and treat it like a magazine. especially with Andrew averaging two new diagrams per month. Jon Tucker and Shuki Kato. contests. Origami Weekly will remain a weekly origami magazine. New things y’all will see in Origami Weekly include articles. We really need involvement from our readers. Origami Weekly is a magazine. if you have any questions or comments or anything else to send us. Monthly diagrams sounds like a huge downgrade from the weekly format though. Now it’s your turn to shine. Andrew and I spent a lot of time working on this magazine last year. CP challenges. you can email us at origamiweekly@gmail. and it would contradict our name Origami Weekly in a manner similar to when NetZero started charging for groups/origamiweekly to join. The first decision was whether to continue or for it just to be a one-year project. When you all were asking if we were going to continue. This year we’re going to be doing things a little differently. We have set up a Flickr group for you to submit your photos to us. A special thanks goes out to Shuki’s sister Stasia Burrington for designing our awesome new logo. So we had to think of a way around that. Of course to submit photos you’ll need to get a Flickr account. With the change in format comes a change in staff. We decided that we could continue if we made it monthly.

Photo of the Week The first photo of the week for the all new and improved Origami Weekly Blog is of Quentin Trollip’s all new polar bear! Quentin is a folder I’ve admired for many years because he consistently adds a new sense of life to all his pieces while retaining their elegance and leaving out all those nasty unnecessary creases. Here is a listing of challenges that are going on right now: The Origami Forum’s Origami Challenges board is a great place to look if you are searching for a challenge. Creativity in Motion”). Origami Weekly will include updates about new challenges going on. Eric Madrigal. “Justas y Retos. follow the links to the respective challenge pages. It was a hard choice between the two for sure. and Education (5OSME). has set up a blog. His challenges include personal challenges. The Origami Forum hosts a new challenge every month. well that and the fact that all of his models are just plain beautiful. group challenges and his now famous “jousts”. send Eric an email (his address can be found on either of his jousting blogs). The latest joust. beady black eyes. More details on entering can be found on the challenge page. there is a version in English titled “Jousting and Challenges. Get designing! --Jon Tucker . La Gran Justa del Antiguo Egipto (The Great Jousting of Ancient Egypt). Math. the symbol of Singapore. Creatividad en Marcha”. My favorite thing about his new design is its round. but I also love the subtle shaping of the back and the elegant proportions of the model overall. dedicated to origami challenges (alternatively. or Nicolás Gajardo’s gorgeous golden silk spider. For more information. For this week I really had only two favorites to choose from: it was either this. If you still need more. there is a challenge to go along with The 5th International Conference on Origami in Science. and they are a great way to find some inspiration and receive some good criticism about your origami works. The challenge is to design a merlion. one-on-one challenges. started in November and will last 10 months. --Shuki Kato Origami Challenges There are a lot of design challenges going on in the origami world. a Costa Rican folder. If you would like to participate. and everyone is free to enter-the topic for this month’s challenge is twins.

we'll release a solution if nobody's solved it. You must adhere to the theme. For this month’s challenge. The rules are as follow: 1. for the first few weeks we'll be having colorchange puzzles. have pentagonal symmetry. 6. You have until our first post of February to enter. You may use any shape of paper as long as it is either a regular polygon or a rectangle. 2. Your entry must be your own original design (crease pattern optional). You can submit as many models as you want. 3. 7. To enter. Perhaps this can also give you some ideas. but only one will be allowed to place. 4. Andrew here -. with a little ingenuity. 5. Weekly Folding Puzzle Every week we'll put in a simple puzzle for you to solve. You can find a photo of the folded model on my flickr page if you're interested. post a picture of your entry to our Flickr group. the theme is pentagons. The judging will be done by Borda count and by us (Jared Needle. or something else). This month. Shuki Kato and I). At the end of the week. try folding a version that has the same design on both sides! .January Challenge Origami Weekly will now be hosting monthly design challenges of its own. feel free to post a photo in the origamiweekly flickr group. that means your submission(s) must be pentagonal in some way (use pentagonal paper. For an extra challenge. and it's your job to figure it out! If you find a good solution. so get folding! --Jon Tucker P. S. We'll post a picture of a color pattern. Along with the judging. Andrew Hudson.note that I've also stuck in a CP for my pentagonal pig to give you some technical inspiration! Representational designers can compete here too. Be creative. all of the entrants will get constructive feedback on their entry. and have fun! Andrew Hudson has provided diagrams for finding a pentagon and a decagon from a square.

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