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le puzzle: la construction de l’origami modulaire.

the puzzle. modular origami construction.

once you have your dozens of modules, you’re ready to construct. it’s not such an easy thing to explain so hopefully the photos will speak loud enough.

the anatomy of a module


each module has 2 pockets and 2 inserts. when you start constructing, you’ll need to make sure that as you go along, every pocket is filled with an insert, and every insert goes into a pocket. each module will be in contact with 4 other modules.


continuing on from the module folding post…


p. your stack of 12 modules. they should make a neat pile if they’re all folded correctly. if they don’t, it means you may have missed a step or folded in the wrong direction.
q. start with 2 modules. slide into the pocket of one, the insert of the second.
r. make sure the insert goes all the way into the pocket to make it sturdier and therefore easier to work with as you go along.
s. rotate and add another module into the second.
t. bring the closest insert of the first module you started with and put it into the pocket of the last module you just added.
u. your first pyramid. you’ll need to keep looking to finish each new pyramid as you add more modules. there are 8 of these once you finish with your 12 modules.


v. just keep adding following the same idea of pockets and inserts.
w. x. y. when it looks like you’re ready to finish another pyramid, there’s probably an insert that’s waiting for that very pocket. remember you don’t have to keep adding new modules every time.
z. when working with 12 modules, this is what you’ll see – a 4 pointed star. with 30 modules, you want to make 5 pointed stars.
!. complete with all 12 modules in place!

evidently, it’s difficult to explain how it all comes together, especially after the first few modules. it’s one of those things that you really get once you get your hands on it. it’s really like a puzzle, trial and error. but once you get the hang of it, the options are endless!

d’où êtes-vous?

where are you from?

thinking about my own story and of those of the people around me, i consider that we are all a little bit from everywhere. thinking about the journeys of our ancestors, our parents, and of course those journeys of our own. one day when T and i will have minis, it will be important for them to know and understand that they inherit parts of our combined stories, and will have roots in many places.

this idea gave me the inspiration to make a few personalised ori-globes as gifts for a few “new-parent” friends and their minis.

a simplified version of this project from 2011, i used copies of maps and selected areas of sentimental significance which i knew of my friends’ lives. such areas included where mama’s family came from, where papa was born, where mama and papa met, holidayed, married went on their honey moon and so on.


i like to imagine that one day, my friends will be able to point out the special places on the ori-globe and tell stories to their kids.

if you want to try this, it’s definitely worth making up a little template. using scrap paper, fold a few modules, enough so that a single module is fully connected. mark on that fully connected module what is visible when fully connected. remove the additional modules, undo the folds and cut away the areas you marked as visible. you can lay this on top of whatever you want to use to see what will be visible on your ori-globe. you’ll save yourself folding however many modules to realise that your significant bit of map, letter, photo, pic or quote is concealed under the fold of another module!

petit à petit: un module d’origami.

step by step or little by little.
an origami module.

a lot of my origami projects are based on a single, simple module. having tried to read origami diagrams for the first time as a kid, i found them confusing. sometimes even now i get stuck and wonder if the person who made the diagram even tested it out themselves. so i thought it might be helpful to do a photographic step-by-step…


a. start with a square. fold it in half.
b. (if you’ve got 2 sided paper, your face side should be down)
c. unfold to see your centre line. fold one side toward your centre line.
d. fold the other side the centre line.
e. should look like this.
f. flip it over.


g. fold your top right corner so it lines up with the upper left edge.
h. fold your bottom left corner so it lines up with the lower right edge.
i. rotate.
j. fold your top edge down to it lines up with the centre line.
k. fold your bottom edge so it also lines up with the centre line.
l. flip it over.
m. fold your diamond shape in half.
n. should look like this.
o. unfold just a few steps to this. this is 1 x module.

now. repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat.
this is what modular origami is about… maybe i’m on my own with this, but i find the repetitive folding really calming.

modular construction with 12 pieces to come soon!
p.s. do you like doing puzzles?

de la confiserie.

from the candy store.

i wish i just visited the candy store.


they make me think of willy wonka’s everlasting gobstoppers from charlie and the chocolate factory. i wondered if there was any translation in the french version… but didn’t manage to find any… ??

to welcome a mini-person to the world, i jumped at the opp to start another origami project. i don’t really get to do as much as i used to. well.. actually, i don’t allow myself to do as much as i used to. already there are more than a handful of origami pieces scattered around our small (and crammed) home. i just take advantage of any excuse to fold people with or for other people.

each of these balls are made with 12 square sheets of paper, folded into 1 module each – all the same sequence of folds. that means there are 60 folded sheets right there. yes, it’s repetitive, but it’s totally therapeutic and rewarding, once you finish enough modules to complete a ball… and then again when you finish slotting them all together. even T got involved (with my gentle nudge of encouragement).

Origami Mobile in the making.jpg

to save the nightmare of threading them on, i actually constructed the modules directly onto the cotton twine. then they were tied to a super simple x-frame from a square rod length of balsa wood, cut in half with jewellery headpins for the centre pivot and string loops. easy peasy.

i’m working on a step-by-step to fold a module – to be posted soon!

le nœud de l’affaire.

the knot of the matter… like the twist in a story.

so i learnt a new french letter/s(?!) the other day. it is œe-dans-l’o’: e inside the o. ‘ehr’… something like ö in german, i guess.

so i’ve posted before about activities in knot-making, namely my journeys in macrame – but over the weekend past, there were different knots being tied.

we took a road trip down to the beautiful Kangaroo Valley to celebrate the wedding of 2 friends. they did really well to organise EVERYTHING on the completely blank canvas of a sweet little community hall. catering, flowers, decoration, music, booze. all of it. i was also recruited to sew up at least 30m of bunting. following in theme, they received this card.


after delving into the world of bow ties in research for work, i challenged myself to try and figure out the folding technique used to create one of the more interesting designs i came across in my internet-travels. after a fairly last minute decision (agreement) by T to don a bow-tie at the wedding, i made this one for him, which i was really chuffed with. yay.




i learnt to make an origami hummingbird almost 3 years ago. it was during one of our first dates in berlin when T took me to Yuma bar in neukölln, which served up drinks and origami lessons of a dienstag abend. aside from learning to fold a hummingbird that winter, i also became efficient at making modular origami globes. for lack of gift-purchasing funds, T sat with me in one of our favourite cafes on bergmanstraße and helped me fold something like 150 little squares of paper into modules to make mini globes for my cousins for christmas. ha.

anyway, more recently to greet yet another little person to the world, i made this mini modular origami globe and hummingbird… with a little card cut to go with.

le chapeau de… pétanque??

a bowler hat doesn’t really translate to a chapeau de pétanque.. that translation was just a stupid thought that occurred to me looking up the background of bowler hat. i should really know already, but i didn’t. turns out the bowler hat never had anything to do with a bowling… or bowls, bocce or pétanque… it’s named after the brothers that designed it. simple as that.

picked up this great old ladder from mitchell road and it wears my bowler hat, the lamp we made as our first foray into electricity and another origami ball of kraft brown paper and tracing film.