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Baby Groot 2.0

Title: Baby Groot 2.0
Designer: Myself
Date of folding: 1-21-18
Paper:  24*24 cm back-coated green and brown standard origami paper
Notes for folding: Copyright the model!  Also diagram it, and wrinkle the body more so it looks more plantlike.

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My 2nd Teaching Assignment: Epsilon Camp, In Review

 Part 2 (see part 1)
Hi, everyone!  Epsilon Camp ended recently, and I have a lot to discuss.  Over two weeks, I folded--well, this is strange for an origami artist, but I'll say it anyway--more than I've folded over the rest of 2019.  Of course, school's out, so I'm free to fold more stuff now.  Camp started out fairly slowly, but picked up in the second week.   There were some seriously talented folders throughout camp.  The kids seemed to like me a lot, which was an added bonus.

Even the professors, who popped in to supervise every night, got to learn some simple origami:
On the last day of camp, everyone exhibited their models outside the auditorium in an Epsilon Camp Museum of Origami (more in a future post).  It drew quite a few people over, and I think the origami group got some good publicity.
That's it for now.  Continuing my Epsilon Camp 2019 series in a few days.  See you next post!

One Year Later: My Return to Epsilon Camp (w/ stag beetle)

 Part 1

Greetings, readers!  There are a couple things I'd like to discuss in this post:

First:  It's been a year since my first teaching assignment at Epsilon Camp, and I am once again excited to come back.  It's always fun to see a group of mathematically inclined children come together and learn, and possibly more fun when they're learning from you.  Over the next two weeks, I'll hang around, teach origami, and figure out how to make explosives with things in my kitchen (it's a long story).  Keep watching for more updates over the next couple weeks.

Second:  I'm sorry that I haven't posted much over the past year.  The first year of high school has been difficult, and as a result, I haven't had much time to fold anything.  Procrastination absolutely sucks.  With a little luck (and a lot of effort), I'll post more over the following year.

Third:  That said, I finally did fold something!  Here it is:

Title: Cyclommatus metallifer
Designer: Sato…


Title: Unicorn
Designer: Satoshi Kamiya
Paper: 30*30 cm. foil paper
Date of folding: 5-12-2019


Subject: Octopus Designer: Peter Engel Date of folding: 12-28-2018 Paper: 24*24 cm. standard origami paper
Sorry for the three-month delay... I have homework to care about, after all.  I had to wait until winter break to post this, but it was totally worth it.

Marcus's Rose

Subject: Rose Designer: Myself
Date of folding: 9-6-2018
Paper: 24*24 cm. green and red standard origami paper
Notes: My latest composition, created for my blog's first birthday!  This model debuted on the class trip (and got stolen--it's a long story), and it was an instant hit.

Epsilon Camp: The Math Behind the Models

Part 100 (here are parts 1, 10, and 11)

As I've said in three previous blog posts (links above), I taught origami at a math camp for two weeks.  Inevitably, people started asking me if I could do math with my origami skills.

Now, origami is mathematical in nature.  A square (geometric shape) gets folded (constructing lines) and those lines intersect at different places (constructing points).  Using math, it is possible to design complicated models that would be impossible otherwise.  Many of the insects I folded over these two weeks were folded mathematically.  The Japanese word for such models is origami sekkei: technical origami.  The concept is hard to pin down, but in my view, origami sekkei means models that have been constructed rigorously and thought over before starting to fold.  A technical origami model can be described to someone, and that someone can (theoretically) fold it before the designer does.

Moving on, mathematical origami is also part of a larger field of math…

The Models of Epsilon Camp

 Part 11 (see part 1 and part 10)

Hi, everyone!
It's been a while, but I finally had enough time to post this.  Throughout my two weeks at Epsilon Camp, I was an unofficial origami instructor, so I got to teach people how to fold.  But I also folded a lot of my own origami, as you will see in this post.

Tetrahedron (four sides)
Octahedron (eight sides)
Icosahedron (twenty sides)
Square Antiprism (ten sides, like a square prism but one of the squares is rotated)
Stella Octangula
Gamma Star (an intersecting cube and octahedron)
Spotted Ladybug
Five-Horned Beetle
Flying Grasshopper
Periodical Cicada
Longhorn Beetle
Dragon (easy)
Dragon (hard)
Otachi (kaiju)
Top (actually spins!)
Hyperbolic Paraboloid (see next post)