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, March 11, 2018

The Yami Chop

Pam Miike coined the term last weekend:

Bringing a Dollar Bill to Life

Manipulating the audience....

Sorry for the sad camera angle.  I should have had someone else film.

Descanso Gardens

With a few of my gymnasts and their families

So today concluded the 2nd weekend of our origami workshops at Descanso Gardens this year. 

Yesterday was a pretty low turnout (lots of rain).  It rained a bit this morning.  The sun came out after we were done at 3pm.

I had a decent turnout of some of my gymnasts from work. 

I had some of my origami teaching filmed which I'll try and sift through the lulls and edit down to what hopefully will be of interest to origami enthusiasts; especially those of you who are looking for ideas on how to teach in an entertaining fashion to the general public.

NOA January 2018 issue review

February NOA issue

It says "February 2017 review", but this is actually for 2018, issue #510:

I was thinking Heather had maybe gotten weary of doing reviews; or didn't renew her subscription (I still have yet to renew mine- it's been months or a year, now).  But I'm thinking maybe it's because she's now folding examples of the models that appear in the magazine- so taking longer to post?

Topological Folding Puzzle

Sunday Funnies


Thursday, March 08, 2018

Descanso Gardens

Pam Miike and I are once again teaching origami at Descanso Gardens.  We were there last weekend.  Due to the rain on Saturday, we found ourselves inside the Tea House; and due to the expanding number of people, on Sunday we were packed inside and also teaching more people outside. 

Because there is no Cherry Blossom Festival this year, the traffic flow is lighter. 

We will be there this Saturday and Sunday for more paperfolding fun.

Happy 70th to Ron Koh!


12-26-2017 Classic Scolding

It's March 9th in Singapore!  Caveman Boon made an epic 30 min video comprised of fans and friends of Ron all across the globe.  He hasn't made the video embeddable, so here's the link.


1-7-2018 Special folding session at Andrew Ting's house

Monday, March 05, 2018

So simple! It's perfect!

Description translated:

Blowing is a simple but important exercise for the development of speech. When we talk about it in the phase, if the child has any difficulty breathing or any situation that alters his breathing, he will present difficulties in his language. The blow exercises will not only help the child control his breathing but will also strengthen the muscles he uses when talking.Some benefits may be:* learn or improve breathing for speech.* learn how to drive and control the air when talking.* improves and controls his voice.* improves your pronunciation.This is a fun and motivational strategy or activity to exercise the blow.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Origami-Inspired Artificial Muscle

Origami-Inspired Artificial Muscles from Wyss Institute on Vimeo.

Video caption:

Artificial muscles could make soft robots safer and stronger. Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS, and MIT CSAIL have developed a novel design approach for origami-inspired artificial muscles, capable of lifting 1000x its own weight.
The muscles are made of a compressible skeleton and air or fluid medium encased in a flexible skin, and are powered by pressure difference. The muscle motions are programmed based on the structural geometry of the skeleton. Multi-directional motions can also be programmed into the material. Artificial muscles can also grip, lift, and twist objects.
A variety of materials and fabrication methods can be used to create low-cost artificial muscles. These artificial muscles are fast, light-weight, and powerful, and could be used for miniature medical devices, deployable structures, or wearable robotics.
For more information, please visit:
Hat tip:  Sanja Srbljinovic-Cucek

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Paper Plane Launcher

I ordered two of these earlier from Amazon:

Tom Gun Live: "Launch Paper Airplanes!"

Yesterday, I was pretty tired from working all day; and still had a theater event to attend.

My coworker had tickets to a live theater performance called "Tom Gun Live".  Never heard of it.  Never been to anything like it (except maybe Rocky Horror Picture Show back at UCLA).  Videos do not do it justice.

Here's more on the show:

This made me realize how few iconic movies I’ve seen; or how few tom cruise movies.

 I’ve only seen bits and pieces of Top Gun and was strangely familiar with scenes I’ve not actually seen because I think they’ve so seeped into popular culture. The line “you have the need for speed”- I’ve used that line for kids doing vault but never knew it came from Top Gun- I was thinking it came from a Keanu Reeves movie (that I hadn’t seen either).

 I’ve not seen Rain Man. Risky Business. The cocktail one with the Kokomo song. A Few Good Men. The tropical one? I did see Jerry McGuire but don’t remember much about it.

I think this was the 2nd or maybe the 3rd time paper airplanes from the audience were called for. Maybe it was the 2nd because no one was ready to throw anymore planes. If I had only known in advance what to expect in regards to paper airplanes...

If you ever decide to see this show, bring a hundred pre-made paper gliders and have fun!

Mark Kennedy

Waking up to the news of Mark Kennedy passing.
For me, he was a fixture and featured attraction at Origami USA conventions in New York.
Like Mark and Arlene, I spent a good amount of my Convention time in the Gold Mine, selling items that helped fund for my trip. The Gold Mine had a lot of down time when most potential customers were in rooms taking folding classes. For me, Mark's jokes never got old because it was so funny to watch the reactions of kids and parents interacting with him. He'd always tell kids that it was their lucky day because he had a special going on for kids under 12 (or whatever age he said) and allow for them to choose a free pin from a special box of them (Mark and Arlene fold and lacquered origami pin/brooches).
He and Arlene were always generous with their time and energy, freely teaching models he knew and sharing diagrams in his possession.
My one regret was always taking such short trips to NYC, that I never made it to one of their after-Convention fold-and-feed gatherings.
Thank you for the treasured memories, Mark. You touched so many lives- mine being one among them.
The video clip is from OUSA June 24, 2007.

You can see more tributes and memories of Mark shared here.

Sunday Funnies