The Real Lives of Origami Figures

My mother taught me how to fold when I was a kid, and I've been folding ever since. Origami figures are fun to make and marvel at, but what are they REALLY like?

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Way Too Much Time on My Hands?

Sometimes when I do something playfully creative, someone will say that I have “way too much time” on my hands. First of all, it doesn’t always take a lot of time to implement creative ideas, and if it does, what better way to spend my time!

*This cartoon was originally published on INFJoe on May 15, 2014.

 

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Paper Fortune Teller

Although it may not be a traditional figure like the tsuru (crane), the paper fortune teller we used to make as kids is technically origami (“folded paper”). So, apologies to everyone I ever told that it wasn’t (most recently my friend, Angela). Apparently it appeared in the book Fun with Paper Folding by Murray and Rigney, published in 1928.

*This cartoon was originally published on INFJoe on May 16, 2014.

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Dare to Dream

I wish I could fold an origami crane that can actually fly.

*This cartoon was originally published on INFJoe on May 15, 2014.

 

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Complex Personalities

When my co-worker Cherie left for another gig, I made her an origami zebra that she named Erin. The figure is a beautiful and complex one-paper design originally created by John Montroll and can be found in his book African Animals in Origami.

*This cartoon was originally published on INFJoe on May 13, 2014.

 

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Tough Questions

Some questions in life are tougher to answer than others. At least some of them have real answers. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, to all the moms out there, and to all who keep their moms on their toes.

*This cartoon was originally published on INFJoe on May 11, 2014.

 

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