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Surprise Denouement Designs
 
Surprise denouement designs are simply those designs in which the folding sequence is so arranged, or so arranges itself, in such a way that the subject of the design is not obvious until the end of the sequence is reached. The surprise denouement may be the result of a final revealing fold, a collapse or simply turning over a design which has been folded face down.

I am very fond of designs of this kind, though they are hard to create. They emphasise the importance of the folding sequence without de-emphasising the importance of the final result. They are also a useful antidote to the idea, unfortunately increasingly common at origami conventions, that you should know the subject of the design before the teaching commences.

See-through designs, which are a type of surprise denouement design, are not included here since they deserve a page all to themselves. Many double-image designs also fall into this category. They too have a page of their own.

Any single-sheet 1-fold design is also necessarily a surprise denouement design.

Here is a selection of some of my own surprise denouement designs. Details of relevant designs by other designers will be added as time allows.

 
 
 
  Beach Brolly - minimalist design with surprise denouement.   S020   1991   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  David's Star - Star of David collapsed from 3D tessellation folded from bronze rectangle.   S137   2004   The Paper Issue 91 2005/ 3 - Origami USA // Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // Photos in Le Pli 113-114 - Mai 2009
 
  Hybrid Elephant - hybrid development of 3-fold elephant.   S040   2000   Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // As Pink Elephant in 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.
 
  Kite   S164   2014   On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Sailboard - minimalist seascape.   S014   1993   Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3
 
  Self-portrait as an Alien - minimalist design.   S005   1997   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