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The Paperfolding of Philip Shen
 

Introduction

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Chronology

1931

Philip Shen was born in 1931 in Manila in the Phillipines (see entry for 1965 below)

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1961

Philip Shen is featured in an article published in the Chicago Daily Tribune of 25th June 1961, which pictures one of his geometric creations and describes him as a 'University of Chicago divinity student'.

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Volume 2 Issue 2 of 'The Origamian' for Autumn 1961 contains mention in a letter from Philip Shen of how a twisted version of the Love Knot Letterfold had been used as a pen or brush cap during his childhood.

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1963

'The Best of Origami' by Samuel Randlett, which was published by E P Dutton in New York in 1963 and by Faber and Faber Ltd in London in 1964, contained the following biographical details:

And diagrams for one of Shen's original designs:

Flower

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1965

Vol 5: Issue 2 of 'The Origamian' for Summer 1965 carried a profile of Philip Shen, written by Alice Gray.

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The same issue also carried an article 'Paper Folding as a Folk and Creative Art', written by Philip Shen.

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The same issue also included standard diagrams for one of his tables:

And photo diagrams for his 'star basic form' and 4 designs derived from it:

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A Star Disk

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Flower no 1

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A Propellor

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Flower no 2

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1966

Volume 6, Issue 3 of 'The Origamian' for Autumn 1966 contains a letter from Philip Shen saying he is too busy with his university duties in Hong Kong to have much time for paperfolding.

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1976

Philip Shen's 'Omega Star' (6-part modular) appeared in Issue 25 of the'Flapping Bird'. This design was developed from XYZ by E D Sullivan.

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