Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Water Absorbing Designs
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the design which move as a result of absorbing water. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


'Joujoux En Papier' by Tom Tit, which was published in Paris by Paul Lechevalier in 1924 contains 'La Main Sanglante', a hand whose fingers curl when placed in water.


The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, contains instructions for making 'El Tormento del Agua' where a human figure writhes in apparent agony when water is dripped onto it.