Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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Active Play Designs
 
Active play origami is the design and realisation of origami toys which change their shape when played with. Active play origami designs are often also referred to as action folds.
 
 
 
  Name: Butterfly - naive active play origami design.

Paper type / shape: 2 x squares / Any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1992

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

 
  Name: Collapsible Cube - cube that squashes flat.

Paper type / shape: A4 (cut down to smaller rectangle) / Homogeneous paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1993

Diagrams: On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Flapping Dove

Paper type / shape: Square / Any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2009

Diagrams: Kid-O-Gami - Sandy Creek - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-4351-2338-0 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Flapping Parrot

Paper type / shape: Square / Any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2007

Diagrams: Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // Rencontres de Mai 2009 - MFPP - Paris // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Frog Eat Frog - cut and fold design. Adaptation of a Paul Jackson design (which was itself an adaptation of a Robert E Neale original). Frog Eat Frog Eat Frog is also possible.

Paper type / shape: A4 or similar rectangle / Homogeneous paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005

Diagrams: Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Holy Ghost - an active play paperfold origamidada.

Paper type / shape: Square / Homogeneous paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2002

Diagrams: On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Kamikaze - adaptation of the traditional business card jumping frog design so that it works from ordinary square origami paper.

Paper type / shape: Square / Any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2012

Diagrams: On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Mr Yapper - double action design from a blintzed bird base.

Paper type / shape: Square / Any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1987

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

 
  Name: Piranha - biting action toy from the windmill base that can be used to demonstrate catastrophe theory.

Paper type / shape: Square / Any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1993

Diagrams: Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Whippersnapper - scissor action snapping toy from a fish base.

Paper type / shape: Square / Any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1987

Diagrams: Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Woodpecker - simple action toy - adaptation of Paul Jackson's fold of the same name.

Paper type / shape: Square / Any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1988

Diagrams: BOS Convention Pack Spring 1989 // Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4.