Posted by: Jeoss | June 10, 2010

did you forget about me?

Hello. I’m back. My lack of updating comes from a severe lack of folding. I haven’t been inspired. Spring quarter sure has been a roller coaster of good times and low times, but my finals are wrapping up tomorrow! This post is the result of nervous feelings preventing any hope of sleep at 2:00 A.M. I have an exam in 8.5 hours… AHH!

Anyway, I finally got something to post. It’s the CP of my Russian Tortoise design. You’ll notice the design basically starts off 3-D, and the final product includes many partial creases (more like straight bends along precreases). I tried my best to make the notation clear, but I need a fresh pair of eyes to try to fold this design and see if it makes sense. Give it a try and post your results and/or critique!

Model: Russian Tortoise
Designer: Geoff Mayhew
Folded from 10.7cm recycled paper

Good luck!

Posted by: Jeoss | December 20, 2009

almost four months? i’m not good at this…

My bad, once again I’ve failed to update my blog for an extended period of time. But the fact is I haven’t really folded anything until now. Finals got done not too long ago (rocked them! didn’t even study for my genetics final and still aced it, hahaha), and I’ve returned to Spokane for the holiday break. Oh, and did I mention I have a girlfriend now? Long story short we went to high school together but hardly were aware of one another’s existence until we both graduated and met one day in the summer at a mutual friend’s house. She is absolutely wonderful, but that’s a severe understatement.

Oh but right, this is an origami blog. I’m going to make a segue. I folded my girlfriend’s favorite animal for her, which I completed a few days ago, but I’m not going to post things up just yet. I decided to draw the CP and submit it to the Christmas Book on the origami forum, so I’ll make an update on that after January, and hopefully draw up diagrams in the meantime. Fat chance, but that’s my goal.

However, I’ve been doing more folding than that. I found the urge to make a modular piece from unit origami, so I decided to play around with the equilateral triangles/hexagons. I finally came up with something I was happy with after a couple days. I intended to include color change in the units but that was a failed effort, and the way the units work, I couldn’t get any particularly interesting color patterns with different colored units. Hopefully I’ll get around to revising the units or plain make a different unit altogether. Anyway, here it is. I don’t know the name of the geometric shape and I’m too lazy to research it, so someone tell me if they know it, haha.

Model: Modular
Designer: Geoff Mayhew
Folded from 20 sheets of 7.5cm Japanese Kami

This was a Christmas ornament dedicated to my girlfriend’s generous family. I designed it and folded it in a day, and completed it at around 4:00 am and delivered it at around 4:30 am before they left for their holiday trip, haha.


Model: Modular
Designer: Geoff Mayhew
Folded from 20 sheets of 19.5cm Gold leaf/black heavy paper I bought in Japan years ago and forgot about. Don’t remember what it’s called anymore, heh.

This is a much larger version, with which I wanted to play around with arranging colors. Because the units are large, it’s a bit restricted in that regard. With a color-changed unit, this would be a much more interesting design, but it’s too late to change anything when you’ve Gorrila-glued the units together…



Oh, by the way I also got a new camera as a very early Christmas present, so my photos from now on should look much better.

Posted by: Jeoss | August 28, 2009

here’s a first!

I completed the diagrams for my manatee design and would like to thank Jared Needle for looking over it. This is officially my first set of diagrams that I am releasing to the public for free. That being said, I put a lot of time and effort into designing and drawing this diagrams, so I would appreciate if anyone who decides to download them would respect that. Any feedback on the diagrams would be most appreciated, as would links to your finished manatees.

Without further ado, here’s my origami manatee:

Geoff Mayhew’s Free Manatee Diagrams!

Posted by: Jeoss | August 22, 2009

wow, that was fast…

It’s been an extremely long time since I have folded anything so I thought I’d play around with some pad of recycled paper from work. I thought it’d be fun to do something with a grid of equilateral triangles, and naturally, I started folding a tortoise. I didn’t want to do anything complex with the shell or anything, just get a good 3-D shape. After about four drafts and only two days, I came up with something I was fairly happy with. Two days? Wow, maybe all I needed to get going on designing was an extended break from it, hah! I decided to model it after my Russian tortoise, Boris.

Model: Russian Tortoise
Designer: Geoff Mayhew
Folded from 25cm Japanese Kami

There is actually a plastron too, but since I recently rolled over my camera with a car, rendering the LCD screen useless, my camera is much harder to use. At least it operates though. I plan on making a final version of this design with some decent paper and hopefully, I’ll have a better camera too…

Posted by: Jeoss | July 6, 2009

the exhibit is up!

Hey you! If you happen to be in Spokane, visit the Moran Prairie Library at 6004 S. Regal Street, right near Albertson’s. My origami exhibit is set up in the display case at the entrance and will be up for the duration of the month of July. I’m hoping it inspires some kids to check out some origami books and give it a try. The selection of origami books the libraries in Spokane carries is surprisingly good.

Since most of you aren’t in Spokane, here’s a photo of what the display looks like. I might post more pictures once I return back in town, for the last week of July and first week of August (for the Palouse Art Camp!).

Posted by: Jeoss | June 4, 2009

you can’t spell ‘news’ without ‘new’…

…but there’s nothing new. Again. Because I’m having trouble finding inspiration under the stress of school. But I thought I’d give an update anyway.

Once the summer starts for me (friday a week from now!) and after I get situated into an apartment here in Bellingham, I’ll be working on… DIAGRAMMING! That’s right, I’m going to make an effort to spend any extra time drawing diagrams for my designs. I think I’ll post my manatee diagram for FREE. My turtle and tortoise however, I’m thinking, should be saved for official release at another time perhaps (unless you’re my friend..?).

Oh, and if you’re in Spokane for July, you should see my modest exhibit. I’ll have more details about it before then.

Posted by: Jeoss | April 3, 2009

nothing new, just a revision.

So I kind of underestimated how busy I was going to be last quarter and ended up not having any time for any folding or designing. But this quarter seems less stressful, and hopefully I’ll find some inspiration to come up with something new.

Anyway, during my spring break in Spokane I visited the art supply and spent about $20 on unryu papers. They had some pretty cool stuff, and unryu in earth tones in particular. Upon returning to Bellingham I made some sandwich paper with my tortoise design in mind, because I had some ideas for changes but it turned out that folding it with anything excluding foil in its makeup is destined for a hefty disappointment.

So here it is, with a more realistic number of spurs on its forelegs, as well as a sort of beak. Unfortunately I decided to take these pictures with poor lighting so the color’s a bit skewed and the photos showing beak and lower jaw I made came out miserably. There will be some better pictures later, hopefully.

Model: Sulcata Tortoise v.2
Designer: Geoff Mayhew
Folded from 43cm unryu/foil/tissue sandwich paper

Photos of the first base completed (spurs and scutes):

And after the second base, the completed design:

I have kind of text guide to get me through the first base without making any extraneous creases, and could possibly make a guide to folding the whole thing, but the second base makes a lot more sense with a CP or photoguide. Someday, maybe, I’ll share this design with people who don’t want to figure out the first base by CP alone (I know I wouldn’t want to).

Posted by: Jeoss | February 2, 2009

its february…

And that means I’m free to reveal my submission for the 2008 Christmas book! I submitted the diagram and CP for my Armadillo Girdled Lizard, but I am leaving the diagrams exclusive to the people who made contributions (the diagrams had some embarassing errors anyway, heh). Here ya go, it’s a 72×72 grid, and I’ve designated the directions of the creases as well:

It’s really not that hard to fold, if you’ve got the right paper. Tissue paper would work best, in my opinion, because in order to make the lizard hold it’s tail in its mouth, you’re gonna need some paper that holds it’s shape extremely well. Good luck to anyone who gives it a try, I sure would appreciate it!

Posted by: Jeoss | January 31, 2009

final version?

So after a pretty disappointing week of four exams, the last of which went terribly, I thought I’d turn my focus to making a final or nearly final draft of my hawksbill for the display in the summer. I’ve gotten the hang of methyl-cellulosing treating papers and I did some experimenting. I folded a turtle out of a sheet of MC’d lokta paper and it came out fairly well, but not what I was looking for, so naturally I gave it away. I figure most of my designs fold best out of tissue foil, so I made a piece of tissue, foil, and a light piece of Thai unryu for looks.

Model: Hawksbill Sea Turtle v.2
Designer: Geoff Mayhew
Folded from approx. 40cm unryu/foil/tissue sandwich paper

I’m pretty happy with it. Someday I want to replace this unryu paper with a green version of the marbled unryu I used in my armadillo lizard, but I’m afraid it might be a bit too heavy for this design.

Posted by: Jeoss | December 24, 2008

merry christmas!

I woke up to find the Christmas book in my e-mail inbox. I was very impressed with the number and quality of the submissions, so hopefully I won’t have too much trouble finding time to give a few of them a go.

But now that means I can release the pictures of my submission!

Model: Armadillo Girdled Lizard
Designer: Geoff Mayhew
Folded from approx. 36cm unryu/foil/wax sandwich paper

This was a really fun model to design, and it’s actually fairly simple in structure. Just a lot of pleating, kind of like LaFosse’s alligator. Yet again, it’s pretty much from collapsing two bases, one after the other. However, when I release the CP in February, both bases will be represented in the same CP, which took forever to draw. Oripa could barely handle folding it without crashing every fifteen minutes. But I’m hoping someone who recieved the diagram in the Christmas book will give it a try and maybe post it up on the forums.

I’m assuming not a lot of people knew such a creature existed, and I sure didn’t before randomly google image searching for some subject to fold. The tail is supposed to be clamped inside of the mouth, it’s characteristic defensive pose, but my paper was a bit thick and due to a few mistakes in the paper making process I had to reduce to size of the paper. In the future I’ll fold a better one, maybe just double unryu with MC. But anyway, I’d appreciate any feeback! Happy Holidays!

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