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The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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Adaptations
 
Adaptations are those designs where I have taken an existing design - usually a traditional design, a playground fold or a classic modern design - and tweaked it slightly to create something different, or, perhaps just occasionally, something better.

I very much like this way of designing. It makes me feel connected to those, often unknown and unremembered, paperfolders who first pioneered the exploration of what folding paper can do.

 
 
 
  Name: Basketball Hoop with Stabiliser - adaptation of a modern design of unknown origin by the addition of a spring loaded stabiliser.

Paper shape / type: 2 sheets of A4 or similar rectangular paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005.

Diagrams: Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // Online diagrams can be found on the Designs of unknown origin page of this site.

 
  Name: Blow-up Long-eared Owl - adaptation of the traditional Waterbomb.

Paper shape / type: Square paper of any kind.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2014

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

 
  Name: Bric-a-brac - ultimate simplification of the traditional Chinese Junk design.

Paper shape / type: Square paper of any kind.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2001

Diagrams: Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 // Quadrato Magico 75/76 Autumn 2004 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Coy Carp - alternative fish from the traditional Kabuto using the same cut as used for the traditional Goldfish.

Paper shape / type: Square homogeneous / dyed paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2001

Diagrams: Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 - attributed to Oliver Zachary // 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: Fantail Secret Chicken - adaptation of a possibly traditional design.

Paper shape / type: Square homogeneous / dyed paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2006

Diagrams: Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Flick Flack - a version of Seiryo Takekawa's Tarumpty Tum Tum (aka Tumbler) which has roll-back ability.

Paper shape / type: A4 paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2002

Diagrams: 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 shape / type: A4 or similar rectangle.

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: Infinity Envelope - adaptation of a possibly traditional design.

Paper shape / type: Square paper of any type.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

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

Paper shape / type: Square paper of any type.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2012

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

 
  Name: Knotfish - adaptation of the traditional Lover's Knot.

Paper shape / type: Square homogeneous / dyed paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1996

Diagrams: BOM 185 August 1997 // 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: New Mystery Box - simplification of traditional Japanese design.

Paper shape / type: 6 identical modules from 4x1 rectangles.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1996

Diagrams: Synergy 1 - Water Trade // On-line diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Noah's Ark - development of the traditional boat.

Paper shape / type: Square paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2009

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

 
  Name: Pocket Tetrahedron - a pure origami version of the traditional pop-up tetrahedron from an envelope.

Paper shape / type: A4 or similar rectangle.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1994

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

 
  Name: Snap Dragon - variation of a jumping design by Dorothy Engleman.

Paper shape / type: File card

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005

Diagrams: Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8

 
  Name: Strengtheners for the Magazine Box

Paper shape / type: A4 or similar rectangle.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005

Diagrams: As Boredom Box in Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // Online diagrams can be found on the Designs of unknown origin page of this site.

 
  Name: Super Rooster - accessorised version of traditional Rooster design.

Paper shape / type: Squares and 2x1 rectangle

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2006

Diagrams: 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.

 
  Name: Turkey - adaptation of a traditional design.

Paper shape / type: Square paper of any kind.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2006

Diagrams: Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4

 
  Name: Woodpecker - simple active plaay paperfold - adaptation of Paul Jackson's fold of the same name.

Paper shape / type: Square paper of any type.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1988

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