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Robert Lang’s origami insects

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Black Widow; one uncut square of Origamido paper (2003).

I’ve been doing origami on and off since I was about 11 years old but the real measure of the art is whether you can invent your own folds rather than simply copying other people’s. This is something I’ve never managed since you have to devote yourself consistently to it until you can play with the paper, rather than fighting against it.

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Hercules Beetle; one uncut square of Origamido paper (2003).

Robert E Lang is quite remarkable in this regard, with a host of unique folds on his site, the majority of which maintain the tradition of only using a single uncut square of paper. (Some of his more complex folds such as the Black Forest Cuckoo Clock deviate from this.) I love the insect folds but there are many other animals and objects there. You only have to compare the rudimentary classic frog fold (one of the few I can do from memory) with one of his tree frogs to see how far he is beyond the basics.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Lalique’s dragonflies
Lucien Gaillard
Wesley Fleming’s glass insects
Insect Lab
The Museum of Fantastic Specimens

 


 

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10 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau

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    Wow, these are terrific!

    I had a friend who would make “pornigami”, that is to say origami made from gay porn. I think you’d like it!

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Now why didn’t I think of that? Sounds like a shame to spoil perfectly good magazines though, unless you made printouts. I did find a diagram recently for an origami penis which would seem to be the ideal shape for something like that.

  3. #3 posted by Nathalie

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    Porn origami? LoL,

    It is hard to believe that this black widow paper is uncut. You would think he had to do some cutting to get so many legs out.

  4. #4 posted by John

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    There’s an interview with him on Apple’s site where he talks about using mathematics applications to work out new ways of folding paper. That helps get a base for some of the more complicated shapes then he has to work on the detailing.

  5. #5 posted by juancho soriano

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    nice origami how can you do IT. especially the BEETLLES can you
    make me one:D,:) I cant do IT :(

    Thanks,juancho

    and keep practicing for more that will be much better oh

  6. #6 posted by Rammel

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    How long did it take for you to make it?

  7. #7 posted by Liebhaber Von dunkelheit

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    Does anyone know where to find instructions for origami this complex? I’ve been trying to find a good scorpion but I can’t find anyting but pics 4 the good ones

  8. #8 posted by sam

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    boooooo show us how to make it!

  9. #9 posted by sam

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    hey Liebhaber Von dunkelheit go look up origami and go to the first website.

  10. #10 posted by Liebhaber Von Dunkelheit

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    WOW, that’s what I get for not being completely vauge in a google search. Luckily things I’ve done are top of the list when I search my alias, otherwise I’d never have come back and read this. Thanks dude

 


 

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