Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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Old School Designs
 
Old School origami is my term for single sheet designs which are developed from the classic set of standard bases (the diamond base, the waterbomb base, the preliminary fold, the fish base, the bird base, the frog base, the windmill base, the blintzed fish base, the blintzed bird base and the blintzed frog base) which are generally conceived of as points of departure for the creation of multiple designs.

I use the term New School for single sheet designs which are developed from custom bases, which, by contrast, are often conceived as that stage in the creation of a design at which all the points necessary for the design have been created.

 
 
 
  Name: Aliens - play origami design from the bird base. Aliens will hang in chains.

Paper type / shape: Squares of any kind of paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1989

Diagrams: BOM 184 June 1997 // As Clingons in Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5

 
  Name: Bowl on Legs - from the windmill base.

Paper type / shape: Square homogeneous / dyed paper.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1988.

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 paper of any kind.

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 paper of any kind.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1993.

Diagrams: Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5

 
  Name: Polly's Parrot - old school design from a bird base.

Paper type / shape: Square paper of any kind.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2001.

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

 
  Name: Tortoise - old school design from a windmill base.

Paper type / shape: Square paper of any kind.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1986.

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

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

Paper type / shape: Square

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1987.

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