Valerie Vann's Modular Origami Page

This is a collection of linked pages about Origami, the Japanese art of paperfolding, which has become an international art form with enthusiasts and organizations around the world. Italy and Spain both have long traditions of paperfolding, as do China & Latin America. Most European countries, as well as the USA, Britain and Russia have thriving origami organizations devoted to teaching, sharing and extending the art of origami.

Most of the origami presented here belongs to the branch of origami called Modular Origami, and is my own original design work, though I do have a few models in the more traditional origami genre, such as the Angel model shown on the my Compuserve pages.

Diagrams: These pages are currently the principle source of all the diagrams I have. Most of my diagramming work is still in a rough hand-drawn condition not suitable for use by others. I am slowly working my way through my notebooks in an effort to get the work presentable for use by other folders. Presently, whatever is available here, is it. I don't ordinarily send out copies of my rough hand-drawn work, so whatever is available here in Postscript and Acrobat PDF format is what I have ready to share. However, I do appreciate hearing from you when a particular model interests you, as your notes help me set priorities for the long task of getting my diagrams into publishable format.

Please Note: Newcomers to the Internet are sometimes under the mistaken impression that material placed on a World Wide Web site for public access is the same as placing the material in the public domain. This is not the case. Use of copyrighted material on the Internet is governed by the same laws as other published materials, and such use remains under the control of the copyright holder, whose permission is required to copy the work. Making copies without permission, even with the copyright notice intact, is still a violation of copyright. All of the photos, text, diagrams, and other materials presented here are copyrighted. You are welcome to download the diagrams and print or otherwise make single digital or paper copies for your own personal use, for the use of a friend without Internet access, or to teach the design to others in a non-profit setting. However, please do not make multiple copies or distribute the diagrams to others (including distribution of copies of diagrams in a class setting) without my prior permission. If you do teach one of my designs in a class setting, even without supplying diagrams, I would still deeply appreciate hearing from you about it, and, of course, receiving proper attribution for the design. Similarly, if you wish to use any of the photos or graphics on any of these pages on your own web pages, please request my permission via email at either of the addresses at the foot of this home page.

An Outline of What's Here:

  1. Photos of My Own Original Origami Designs. Mostly Modulars: Boxes, Polyhedrons, Kusudama
  2. Diagrams of some of my original designs: In the form of Adobe Acrobat PDF files for downloading and viewing with Adobe's Acrobat Viewer. Some browsers can view PDF files on-line as well, using Acrobat as a helper. A free version of Acrobat is available for PC, MAC, and some flavors of UNIX on Adobe's Web Site
  3. Some reverse engineered diagrams of models by others. These are brief and intended as hints/help for more advanced folders. See the link re: Jackson's Encyclopedia. There are photos of completed models.
  4. A Links to additional pages (primarily Photo Galleries) of more of My Designs here on AmericaOnLine, on my Compuserve Web Pages, and a new site under development on the Delphi service.

    To see it all, and find what diagrams are available, you'll have to explore the various links.

  5. If you're wondering why the fragmentation: the amount of web page storage space on most providers of personal accounts is pretty limited, especially if you get into lots of photos and graphics. So I've had to spread the pages around. Currently AOL and Delphi allow 10 megabytes of space; Compuserve, a paltry 2MB.

Rev. 12/18/96

60 Units, 4.7 inch square kami paper, about 8 inches diameter.
Design 1994.

Photo of 60 unit Open Face Omega Star Variation

The Links to Photos of My Original Designs and Some Downloadable Diagrams

Here's where the trail of bread crumbs through the web sites begins:

Pages about Reverse Engineering of Origami Models by Others

Sometimes, when diagrams are not readily available, or not available at all, I engage in "Reverse Engineering" of models by others as a form of "Puzzle Solving", or to relieve the misery of another folder who is hopelessly intrigued by model for which only a picture is available. All diagrams, photos and actual models shown here are my own manufacture, and I try to avoid public distribution of diagrams for models for which published, in-print, or otherwise readily available diagrams exist. E.g. There are hints only for the Philip Shen Dish, as the BOS booklet is still available, though I will probably have diagrams for my own pentagon and hexagon variations on Shen's basic construction idea eventually.

SOME NOTES on the DIAGRAMS available on these pages:

The Holiday Puzzle is the Puzzle Ring Cube model I contributed to the origami-l mail list in Nov. 1995. However, the text description for the basic unit has been updated and revised, and there are now several pages of diagrams for a glueless unit, assembly, etc. Simple to High Intermediate, depending on what you do with the units and puzzles.

The Rose Tessellation diagrams are for the reverse engineered version of Kawasaki's Rose Crystallization pictured in Jackson's Encyclopedia. The first page, basically just a fold map intended for advanced folders, is also in the origami-l archives and elsewhere. The second page is new, and shows stages of the tessellation, but is still not a complete set of instructions. Folding experience recommended. High Intermediate. Please Note: this is NOT one of the "Kawasaki Roses", it is a very different model.

The Chewing Gum Wrapper Unit is an original Sonobe Unit variation for rectangular paper. Abbreviated assembly directions are included. Low Intermediate assembly.

A Few Special Origami Page Links:

Thank You for visiting my Modular Origami Page.

Comments or Problems:

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This page, and all contents, are Copyright (C) 1996 Valerie Vann. All rights reserved. No endorsement of linked sites other than my own is intended or implied.