These are a few things I’ve folded over the past year or so.  I made this collage trying out a neat (currently free) app on my iPhone: Photo Collage. Credits, from top right going clockwise: dragon, designed by me, folded from an uncut square; crucifix, designed by me, folded from one uncut rectangle; dragon, designed by Won Park, folded from two uncut dollar bills (no glue either – you can unfold it and spend the money); Jack-in-the-box, designed by Max Hulme, folded from one uncut rectangle.

Fr. Matthew Green

Year of the Dragon part 5

Here’s another entry (probably the last) in my series of origami dragons in honor of the Year of the Dragon. His name is Spike.

As with the others, he’s folded from one uncut square of paper, although this was 20″ square paper.  Designed and folded by me.

-Fr. Matthew Green

Year of the Dragon, 2

Continuing with origami dragons in honor of the Year of the Dragon, here is number 2:

This is a “mutation” of Wen’s Dragon. The original design was described by Sok Song in issue #7 of Creased magazine; this model shows some significant variations.

Folded from a single uncut 6″ square of textured foil; finished size is approximately 3″ head to tail.

Would you be interested in a monthly meeting or workshop in Gloucester for origami enthusiasts?  Do you have friends who might be? Contact me to let me know! If we get enough people interested, I would like to get something going.  I posted on this before and got one or two responses, but I’d like to expand that base.

-Fr. Matthew Green

Year of the Dragon 1

According to the Chinese calendar, we are in the year of the dragon! (As you may know, the Chinese have a 12-year cycle which assigns an animal to each year.)  I don’t lay any stock by astrology of any kind, Chinese or otherwise, but I like the idea of giving each year a “mascot”.

As it happens, I am particularly fond of dragons. So, in honor of the year of the dragon, I will post a series of photos and descriptions of varying “species” of origami dragons that I have folded.  These are either my own designs or, in two cases, fairly significantly modified by me but based on other people’s designs.

Here is today’s species: the Broadwing.

The dragon this model represents followed an evolutionary path leading to unusual proportions. It is small of body and had developed large wings that allow it to stay aloft for long periods of time. The hind legs are underdeveloped, because this dragon spends most of its time in the air. The front appendages, by contrast, have large, grasping claws, which the beast uses to snatch prey from the ground and kill it swiftly, eating while aloft.

Designed and folded by me, from a (single uncut) 6″ square of textured foil. The final model is 2″ from head to tail.