Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


What's new?
18th October 2017 - Diagrams for the Columbus Cube and Columbus Tower - a macromodular design developed from Paul Jackson's Cube.
10th October 2017 - New page in the history section A Timeline of Origami History.
9th October 2017 - New page in the history section about The Catherine of Cleves Box
8th October 2017 - New page in the history section about The Buddha Papers
5th October 2017 - Diagrams for Give Me Sunshine - a crease and collapse bas-relief of the sun and its rays.
27th September 2017 - Page about Minimalist Representational Origami updated. There is also an updated page about Minimalist Abstract Origami.
21st September 2017 - Diagrams for Knotfish - a fish developed from the traditional fold known as the Lover's Knot.
20th September 2017 - Full text of 1977 self-published booklet Geometrical Compound Origami or Meditations on a Waterbomb by Kenneth M Kawamura recording the early modular origami designs and discoveries of Kenneth Kawamura and Joe Power.
14th September 2017 - Diagrams for Clingons - alien beings that hang together to form chains.
9th September 2017 - Diagrams for Shipwreck - an unusual multiple sheet design.
7th September 2017 - new page added to the Origami Unfolded section of this site - A Technical Analysis of Origami Design
29th August 2017 - Swannet - a new minimalist design.
28th August 2017 - revised version of A Family Tree of Origami and new page in the history section about The Fifth Pig and other propaganda Fold-Ups.
6th August 2017 - David's Star - a collapsible tessellation.
21st July 2017 - Flapping Parrot - an action design.
14th July 2017 - Cormorant on a Rock - a simple colour-change design.
4th July 2017 - New page in the history section about The Salt Cellar / Fortune Teller / Cootie Catcher
29th June 2017 - New page added about Everyday Origami
24th June 2017 - New pages in the history section about The Flapping Bird and The Orizuru or Paper Crane
7th June 2017 - New transformation puzzle 1, 2, 3, 4
20th May 2017 - Lateral Drinking Puzzle
13th May 2017 - Three more pages have been added to the History section of the site about The Chinese Junk, Troublewit and Consequences and Le Cadavre Exquis.
12th May 2017 - Diagrams for Five in a Row - a new transformation puzzle developed from Robert E Neale's Three in a Row. The solution can also be found on the Puzzles page.
4th May 2017 - Diagrams for Hag - a simple multiple sheet witch-like figure.
1st May 2017 - Diagrams for Delta Frame - a simple photograph or postcard frame.
27th April 2017 - Diagrams for Imp - a very simple multiple sheet design.. Also Solution to End to End and Solution to Trading Places puzzles.
26th April 2017 - Short essay - A brief theory of art - and new page about the History of paper planes.
22nd April 2017 - Elephants Extreme - a selection of minimalist designs for elephants.
13th April 2017 - Two more transformation puzzles - End to End - which provides a clue to solving Trading Places - and Limbo - which is a simplified version of Purgatory.
6th April 2017 - New transformation puzzle Trading Places by Robert E Neale - published here for the first time. Solution to follow shortly.
30th March 2017 - Diagrams for Rhinos 'R' Us / Out for the Count - a repositionable naive multiple piece design.
30th March 2017 - new poem The Alphabet Song.
23rd March 2017 - Diagrams for the classic Star of David by Larry Hart // Diagrams for the Coy Carp which is an adaptation of the traditional Kabuto / Japanese Goldfish design.
16th March 2017 - Solution to Three in a Row by Robert E Neale // Diagrams for Bowl on Legs - a previously unpublished old school design from 1988.
9th March 2017 - New puzzle Three in a Row by Robert E Neale - published here for the first time. Solution to follow next week.
7th March 2017 - Pictures added to Informal Partnership Art - Electra for designs by Yoshinobu Mizutani using Electra as a base for kusudamas.
2nd March 2017 - Diagrams for Just Lion Around - a simple two piece lion.
16th February 2017 - New poem - The vulture
16th February 2017 - Diagrams and template for Night and Day - a second apparatus puzzle based on the Woven Flexatube in which the object is to turn an entirely shaded tube - Night - into an entirely white one - Day.
9th February 2017 - Diagrams and template for Sheep and Goats by Robert E Neale - new diagrams for a classic apparatus puzzle from an origami master - plus The Woven Flexatube, an extract from my book Silverflexagons and the Flexatube which provides a full analysis of the flexagon underlying this puzzle.
1st February 2017 - Diagrams for Combination Silverhedra - modular origami polyhedra whose faces are a combination of silver triangles and other regular polygonal shapes.
25th January 2017 - Notes on Borromean Rings, Bands, Figures of Eight and Trefoils and diagrams for The Borromean Ring Release Effect
18th January 2017 - Diagrams for Purgatory - an apparatus puzzle in which a surprisingly large object must be passed through the centre of a flexible mat.
11th January 2017 - Diagrams for the Pocket Octahedron - an octahedron which can be stored flat in a pocket then popped back into shape between the fingers when required.
4th January 2017 - Diagrams for the 2-part Nolid Octahedron.