These Models

These models are pieces I've folded over the last 10 years or so, and saved for one reason or another. Many are particular favorites of mine, usually because each one is a particularly successful representation of the object or creature, or is funny, unique, cleverly designed, simply beautiful, or a combination of any or all of those things. I've tried to choose things from a wide range of subjects, with many different folding and design styles, and made from many different papers, to give an idea of how varied and flexible origami can be. I hope you enjoy the collection!

"Origami" Model Design: Jeannine Mosely 1 piece each, assorted sizes, origami paper

Happy Good Luck Bat

Model Design:  Michael LaFosse

1 piece 8" square paper, Canson Mi-Teintes


Model Design:  Michael LaFosse

1 piece 6" square paper

Loon (Duck) Model Design: John Montroll (w/ LaVin variations) 1 piece 6" square paper
Lobster Model Design: Anita Barbour 1 square 8" art paper


Model Design:  Aaron Einbond

1 piece 10" square paper

Eastern Dragon

Model Design:  Joseph Wu

1 piece 6"x30" foil paper

Blackmoor Goldfish

Model Design:  Ronald Koh

1 piece 10" square paper


Model Design:  Michael LaFosse

1 piece 10" square paper


Model Design:  Robert Lang

1 piece 10" square foil paper


Model Design:  Tom Stamm

1 piece 15" square florist’s foil

Pegasus (Cingular commercial)

Model Design:  Anne LaVin

3 pieces, 9"square paper

African Violet

Model Design:  flower, traditional; leaf, Tanaka; pot, John Blackman

assorted papers


Model Designs:  Takahama, LaFosse


Ishibashi Ball

Model Design:  Minako Ishibashi

6 pieces, 3" square paper

Crane Mobile Model Design: traditional  

Last Waltz

Model Design:  Neal Elias

1 piece 8"x24" paper

Grand Piano

Model Design:  Patricia Crawford

1 piece 10" square foil paper

Lady of Fashion

Model Design:  Kunihiko Kasahara

1/2  piece (triangle) 6" square foil paper

High Heeled Shoe

Model Design:  deg farrelly

1 piece 10" square foil paper


Model Design:  Michael LaFosse

1 piece 6" square foil paper


Model Design:  Joseph Wu

1 piece 10" square paper

$ Rabbit

Model Design:  Ros Joyce

1 piece, US dollar

$ Frog

Model Design:  Allan Perry

1 piece, US dollar

$ T-Rex

Model Design:  Jun Maekawa

1 piece, US dollar

Cactus in a Pot

Model Design:  David Petty

1 piece, 5"x10" paper

Flower Clip

Model Design:  Makoto Yamaguchi


Dogwood Flower

Model Design:  Makoto Yamaguchi

assorted papers


Model Design:  James Sakoda

assorted foil papers


Model Design:  Don Shall

1 piece 10" foil paper

Simple Rose & Leaf

Model Design:  Gay Merrill Gross

assorted papers


Model Design:  Jeannine Mosely

30 pieces, 3" square paper

3-D Slider Wheel Model Design: unknown 8 pieces of 6" paper


Model Design:  Miyuki Kawamura

30 pieces, 1x5 foil and mylar paper

Twistar 90

Model Design:  Miyuki Kawamura

30 pieces, 3" square paper


Model Design:  Tung Ken Lam

12 pieces, 3" square paper

Ostrun Ball

Model Design:  Nina Ostrun

6 pieces, 3" square paper


Model Design:  Miyuki Kawamura

30 pieces, 4" square paper


Model Design:  Eric Joisel

1 piece each, 9" butcher’s tissue

Mushrooms & Sea Sponge

Model Design:  Vincent Floderer

1 piece each, assorted tissue


Model Design:  Akira Yoshizawa

1 piece each 8" Canson Ingres paper


Model Design:  Michael LaFosse

1 piece 8" handmade paper, wetfolded


Model Design:  Michael LaFosse

1 piece 10" handmade marbled paper

Banana Slug on a Leaf

Model Design:  Michael LaFosse

1 piece each, 9" Canson Ingres paper


Model Design:  Akira Yoshizawa

1 piece 8" square paper, wetfolded


Origami is a Japanese word meaning "paper folding:" ori is from the verb oru, "to fold,"and gami is from the word kami, "paper." The term has been widely adopted in the West as the word for the art and craft of folding paper.

The exact origins of the craft are somewhat obscure, but it is likely that it originally developed along with the process of papermaking itself in China, spreading from there to Korea and Japan. Records exist of folded paper objects being used for ceremonial and religious purposes prior to the 8th century in Japan, and it was there that the craft flourished for hundreds of years, producing an extensive tradition of decorative, ceremonial and useful folded paper objects, and evolving in modern times into a popular hobby and pastime, particularly for schoolchildren.

Since the mid-20th century, origami has spread worldwide, and become much more than just a rainy-day activity for kids. Today there are full-time origami artists who teach, create and fold amazing sculptural works, or who design pieces for commercial art applications, advertising and the like; there are dozens of origami associations in countries around the globe, many with yearly conventions and regular newsletters, and who publish great collections of new models each year; there are hundreds of origami books in print, with models ranging from simple to incredibly complex; wonderful art papers are available in art stores everywhere; and of course there are the thousands of craftspeople and hobbyists who endlessly fold and create new origami designs.

My Origami Page has some more information about origami, and links to many web sites with information, diagrams and more.

The Gilford Library

My local library, The Gilford Public Library (http://www.gilfordlibrary.org) is located in Gilford, New Hampshire, USA. They have a regularly-changing lobby display of art by local artists, or collections of other interesting materials, and were kind enough to ask me to organize a display of my stuff, which is how all this happened in the first place. Gilford is pretty much in the center of the state, located in what's called the "Lakes Region" of New Hampshire, famous for its lakes, mountain views, and fall foliage.

About me

I've done origami for over 30 years, collect origami books with a bibliophile's passion, and have more origami paper stashed away than any normal person ought to admit to. I am a member of OrigamiUSA (the national association for origami here in the US) and the Japanese Origami Academic Society in Tokyo and the British Origami Society in the UK. In the real world, I do computer consulting, programming, and Web design and construction. I also teach origami, occasionally do commissioned pieces, and teach and practice Japanese calligraphy.

My Origami Page has more info about origami; my personal and random stuff page has more stuff about me.

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