A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
|About this site|
site is intended to be both a library of information
about paperfolding and an archive of my own paperfolding
designs, writings and cartoons. It includes well over a
hundred sets of diagrams in pdf format, which are free to
download, as well as an online shop where you can
purchase Water Trade books.
The site is in six sections, Origami Unfolded. Designs and Diagrams, Publications, Art, Education and Cloud 9. The contents of each section are summarised below.
A basic introduction to paperfolding by way of an FAQ for beginners
An introduction to the various types of paperfolding, distinguished by the intention of the folder / designer, by way of a Family Tree of Origami and subsidiary topic pages.
A broad outline of Paperfolding History (now badly in need of revision) and individual pages collecting together more detailed information on individual traditional designs.
There is also a bibliography of the published designs of Robert E Neale.
Topic pages about various types of Single Sheet Designs and diagrams for some of my own designs in this category.
Topic pages about various types of Multiple Sheet Designs and diagrams for some of my own designs in this category.
Technical pages about Modular and Macromodular Origami.
MODE - The Modular Origami Design Encyclopaedia allowing you to look up designs by modular number, polyhedral form and design topic.
Diagrams for some of my own Modular Designs (and a few classics by other people).
A section devoted to Paperfolding Puzzles containing diagrams for many of my own puzzles and others by Robert E Neale.
A section devoted to the folding of Devious Devices.
A section devoted to Flexagons.
A section devoted to the folding of Origami Tiles and Tiling Patterns containing many sets of diagrams.
A section devoted to the folding of Message Notes.
A section devoted to the folding of Paper Planes.
A section devoted to the folding of X-rated designs
A section containing sets of diagrams for some Designs of Unknown Origin.
A section containing diagrams for some useful Folding Utilities.
This section of the site contains details of all the books I have written and illustrated.
There is also an Online Shop where you can purchase Water Trade books.
This section offers a definition of art and a brief discussion of the implications of that definition in relation to the question, 'To what extent is paperfolding art?'.
The Galleries present images of some of my modular, macromodular and multiple piece sculptures.
There is also a section devoted to Partnership Art, a concept that is particularly relevant to craft origami where it is common for an artwork to be designed by one person and realised by another, or by many others, in many different contexts, on a formal or informal basis.
This section of the site is intended as a resource for teachers, and in particular for teachers of mathematics. It brings together ideas about finding mathematics in paperfolding and contains diagrams for many useful mathematical designs.
Cloud 9 is a little cottonwool-edged corner of this site devoted to my cartoons, poems and, in time, other kinds of writing.