Origami Heaven

Origami Heaven is the website of paperfolding designer and author David Mitchell

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Naive Origami
 
         
 
Introduction
 
Naive origami is an origami design style which is naive in the sense that the fundamental proportions and look of the designs are largely determined by working within a set of simple rules, with the intention that this leaves the designer less in control of the creative process, in much the same way that a writer is less in control of the language used when creating a short structured poem like a haiku or a limerick rather than prose.

When I became interested in this idea I already had a few designs which could be considered 'naive' in this sense, notably P-P-Pig and B-Bear. Treating these as archetypal allowed me to deduce a set of rules that I hoped would allow me to find / create other designs of a similar kind. These rules had to be sufficiently restrictive that my intention to be less in control of the creative process was met but not so restrictive that it was not possible to create designs within their parameters. After some experimentation I settled on the six rules set out below. I would have liked to have a seventh rule that said that all the folds should be clearly and simply located but that proved too restrictive in practice.

Rule 1 - Naive designs should be representational not geometric.

Rule 2 - Naive designs should be made from multiple sheets of paper (two or more).

Rule 3 - All the pieces should be folded from sheets of the same shape and size, preferably from squares.

Rule 4 - All the pieces must be very simple to fold.

Rule 5 - All the pieces should fit or lock together to create the design.

Rule 6 - No flap or point should be narrowed beyond 22.5 degrees.

Designs which conform to the six rules with the exception of rules 3 or 5 can only be described as semi rather than fully naive because the proportions of the design are more easily controlled by the designer under these circumstances.

As always I am particularly fond of designs which demonstrate a sense of fun or humour or which fit or lock together in original or unusual ways.

It is worth noting that if you remove the requirement for the designs to be multi-piece then many traditional designs, such as the Flapping Bird, would qualify as naive designs. The Crane would not, however, because the points are thinned beyond 22.5 degrees.

 
Naive Designs
 
  B-Bear   M008   1992   On-line diagrams are available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Bullock   M031   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Camel (Bactrian)   M028   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Camel (Dromedary)   M027   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Doodle the Dragonette   M038   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Elephant   M034   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Giraffe   M030   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Horse   M010   2005   Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4 // On-line diagrams are available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Hound   M026   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Imp - naive design.   M085   2013   Monstergami - Firefly Books - David Mitchell - ISBN 1770852506 // On-line diagrams are also available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Llama   M032   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Parrot in flight   M035   2014   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Poser - posable design.   M020   2008   Kid-O-Gami - Sandy Creek - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-4351-2338-0
 
  Pigasus - simple development of P-P-Pig.   M009   2011   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  P-P-Pig   M009   1992   Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 // Super Quick Origami Animals - Nick Robinson - ISBN 1-85605-728-3 // Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4 // Zoogami - Barnes and Noble - Gay Merrill Gross - 0-7607-7251-7 // On-line diagrams are available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Push Me Pull You - development of Llama.   M033   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Raven in flight   M035   2014   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Rhinos 'R' Us / Out for the Count - repositionable naive design.   328   2009   Kid-O-Gami - Sandy Creek - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-4351-2338-0 // On-line diagrams are available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Rhino (2)   M023   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Stretch Pigo - simple development of P-P-Pig.   M036   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Turtle   M025   2013   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Wolf Cub   M007   2005   Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4 // On-line diagrams are also available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
Semi-Naive Designs
 
  Bull   M018   2009   Kid-O-Gami - Sandy Creek - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-4351-2338-0
 
  Whale, Diving   M024   2013   Diagrams not yet available.