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Minimalist Representational Designs
 
Minimalist representational origami is a form of origami that seeks to capture the essence of a subject in the smallest possible number of folds ... or, at least, a very small number. Such designs may be made using either single sheets or multiple sheets.

More information about minimalist representational origami can be found here.

 
Single Sheet Minimalist Representational Designs
 
Using 1 Active Fold
 
  Name: 1-fold Elephant

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1993. Created in response to Paul Jackson's 'An Elephantine Challenge'.

Diagrams: BOM 161 August 1993 // Origami Designs Secrets - A K Peters Ltd - Robert J Lang - ISBN 1-56881-194-2 // Sticky Note Origami - Collins & Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-84340-227-0 // Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Waiting for the Ferry

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1999.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Squarehead

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2014. Simplified from a design by Nick Robinson.

Diagrams: You cannot be serious?

 
Using 2 Active Folds
 
  Name: 2-fold Arrow

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design made using 2 active folds..

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2017. Created while attempting to reconstruct Tung Ken Lam's Arrow from memory.

Diagrams:

 
  Name: Easter Islander

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1993.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
  Name: Minimalist Fred

Description: 2-fold pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1999.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Sticky Note Origami - Collins & Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-84340-227-0 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
Using 3 Active Folds
 
  Name: 3-fold Elephant

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1993.

Diagrams: BOM 161 August 1993 // Super Quick Origami Animals - Nick Robinson - ISBN 1-85605-728-3 contains diagrams for Paul Jackson's bi-colour variation of the 3-fold Elephant (here called Dollar Bill Elephant - though it is not folded from a dollar bill) // Sticky Note Origami - Collins & Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-84340-227-0 // Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Faith

Description: Pictorial minimalist visual illusion / conceptual origami design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell,

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
  Name: Penguin

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2008.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
Using 4 Active Folds
 
  Name: Bull

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1995.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 //2, BOM 174 October 1995 - 4-fold bull (see article 'A Bavarian Interlude' for explanation of origin) // Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Folio

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1995.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
  Name: Handy Box

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design. Many variations possible.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
  Name: Hotel Room / Swimming Pool

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational double image design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1999.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
  Name: Impossible Object

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational visual illusion design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6

 
  Name: Kite

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2014.

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

 
  Name: Nefertiti

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2011.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
  Name: Paradozical Object

Description: Pictorial minimalist representational visual illusion design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2008.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
Using 5 Active Folds
 
  Name: Banana Boat

Description: 5-fold pictorial minimalist representational design. There are only four creases but I include the curve in the hull, which allows the design to stand upright on a flat surface, in the fold count.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1991. Named by Wayne Brown because of the curve in the hull.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Quadrato Magico 75/76 Autumn 2004 // Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Fred aka Sophisticated Fred

Description: 5-fold pictorial minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1999.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Sticky Note Origami - Collins & Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-84340-227-0 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
  Name: Peacock

Description: 5-fold three-dimensional style minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David mitchell, 2013.

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

 
  Name: 5-fold Swan

Description: Three-dimensional minimalist representational design made using 5 active folds.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2017.

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

 
  Name: Swannet

Description: 5 fold pictorial minimalist representational design which can be three-dimensionalised with an extra sixth fold (as pictured here).

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2017.

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

 
Multiple Sheet Minimalist Representational Designs
 
  Name: B-Bear

Description: 2-part naive minimalist representational design. Two squares, three active folds in total.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1992

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

 
  Name: Flapping Butterfly

Description: 2-part naive minimalist representational action design. Two squares, four active folds in each.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1992.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
  Name: Flatmates

Description: 2-part minimalist representational design. Two squares, one active fold in each. Both folds made at the same time.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2015.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3 // On-line diagrams are available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Penguin Cottage

Description: 2-part pictorial minimalist representational double image design. Two squares, two active folds in each.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2015

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

 
  Name: Sea Monster

Description: Three-dimensional representational minimalist design. Infinitely extendible.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2009

Diagrams: Kid-O-Gami - Sandy Creek - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-4351-2338-0

 
  Name: Turtle

Description: 3-part naive minimalist representational design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2013.

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

 
  Name: Wolf Cub

Description: 2-part naive minimalist representational design. Body 2 active folds, head 5 active folds.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005

Diagrams: 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.