Sunday, October 07, 2063


Update 3/9/2014 10:38

Caricature by Lar DeSouza
I'm finally updating the welcome post which is only able to sit at the top of this dated blog because it's post-posted 49 years into the future.  The last update was 7 years ago.

When I first began this blog back in late 2004, It was for the purpose of hosting videos documenting the Westcoast Origami Guild- I believe the longest, most established origami folding group in the greater LA area.

Since that time, Have Paper Will Travel has evolved.  It's more an aggregate blog for all sorts of origami and origami-related items floating around out there that I find interesting; and which I may think readers and followers out there might also find of interest.

There is so much content on the internet these days, it's hard to follow it all.  

My sidebar is one of the largest collections of origami-content links in one place.  FYI, it gets updated periodically with new links as I find them.  I should alert readers whenever I add something new, but haven't been (yet).  If you'd like your site or photo album linked and don't see it in the sidebar (check around very carefully and under the proper category), just let me know.  There are sooooo many photo albums out there (it seems almost every folder on the planet has one), I could spend all day collecting up links and still have more to go.

 I'd like to do what I can to expand the audience and draw more attention to noteworthy sites and folders; to bring more exposure to the art and science of paperfolding; and to bring more people into "the fold".

  There are so many great folders out there on the level of well-known luminaries like Satoshi Kamiya, Brian Chan, and Robert Lang.  I think this especially began to happen after Dr. Lang published "Origami Design Secrets", which I've still not taken the time to sit down and study (let alone fold much from). 

Anyway, thanks to everyone who comes by and takes something of usefulness away from here.  Feel free to drop in a comment for any suggestions.  

I realize that those viewing on mobile devices may have a difficult time reading the lighter colored font.  I still do not like the background layout of what blogger did to this blog and may eventually update the layout again when I have the time and energy to research into it.  In the meantime....


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Citrouille (Pumpkin)

Citrouille Pumpkin
Designed by Nicolas Terry 
Folded by Michael Sanders 

10" x 10" square of Japanese foil sandwiched with mulberry paper

Diagrams:  Here.

Folded Two Scary and Happy Pumpkin Boxes

I folded the following for display at next Sunday's Van Nuys Japanese Gardens Origami Festival:

Directions can be found in an earlier post.

Scary Pumpkin Box
Designed by Stephane Gigandet
Folded by Michael Sanders 

LFT: 2-piece 19.5" x 19.5" squares of Canson Mi-Tientes cadmium yellow paper, eyes and mouth backed with yellow lokta paper

RT: 2-piece 19.5" x 19.5" squares of Fabriano Tiziano 160 g/m2

These were folded by me today for displays at next weekend's Origami festival at the Van Nuys Japanese Gardens.

I suppose I should fold some origami candy to put inside? Or an origami candle?


Stephane made a talking version:

Sunday Funnies


Friday, October 14, 2016

Polygons crowdfunding

Polygons takes cues from the folding magic of origami, and comes in two sizes; one measures out ¼, ½, ¾, and 1 teaspoon and the other measures out ½, 1, 1½, and 2 tablespoons. In addition to saving space in a drawer (every bit helps in tiny kitchens), the flat design makes it easier to clean and transfer sticky ingredients from the spoon into a mixing bowl. 
"When creating Polygons, we decided to engineer the spoon with a flat design because it mimics the human hand," says Rahul Agarwal, designer and CEO of Polygons. "When your hand is not in use, it lays flat. But when you want to hold a heap of sand, or some water, you cup your hand to create some volume, depending on how much you want to hold—that is exactly how Polygons works." 
Buy the Polygons measuring spoon set for $10 here.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Harry Potter Origami World of Wensdy Whitehead

Wensdy Whitehead is a folder who many of you, outside of convention-goers, have probably never heard about.  She's a rather prolific creator.

Although I'm not an HP fan, some of my favorite models of hers is back when she was trending HP models for a couple of years.

I put together a video of OUSA 2005 with some of these:


It's difficult to even find photos of her models, as she does not have a website or album like Flickr.  So in order to find photos of her stuff, you have to search for conventions she's attended where others have taken photos of her exhibit models.

I'd love it if the Powers That Be who hold the merchandising rights to HP would recognize that there is probably a market for HP origami.  It happened with Chris Alexander (after 12 years).

I have a few winged keys, golden snitches, and a 3-piece sorting hat that I have a mind to reverse engineer, as I can't remember how to fold them.

One model I hadn't had an opportunity to fold is her pegasus.  It looks good; and if you shape the wings just right, spins when you drop it.  Quite clever.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pacific Palisades Origami Club

Travis Taft has been leading an origami club at the Palisades Library.  They meet this Saturday at 1pm for anyone in the area that is interested:
Learn origami from master folder Travis Taft, who's been folding origami patterns most of his life. Travis will teach some simple models to beginners and support more advanced folders. The club meets monthly and it's the perfect venue to learn as well as swap tips. Just bring your curiositywe will have all the supplies that you need.

Monday, September 12, 2016

OFF at Marti's- Never Forget!

 OFF (Origami for Fun) happened on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

I taught Heinz Strobl's Surprise/Flipp Flopp out of leftover strips from cutting 8 1/2 x 11" into squares.

It was a decent turnout, although a number of parties were absent from attendance.