Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
 

The 1885 engraving of the Flapping Bird

  The history of paperfolding is a fascinating one.

This page contains links to a broad outline of origami history (now badly in need of revision) and pages collecting together more detailed information about some traditional designs. There is also a bibliography of the published designs of Robert E Neale.

While I have long been interested in origami history there are many paperfolders who know much more about the subject than I do and these notes should not be taken as being comprehensive. I have, however, tried to make them as accurate as possible by basing them on published sources rather than myth or imagination.

 
General   Notes on Traditional Designs   Biography and Bibliography
                     
  A brief outline of origami design history     The Business Card Cube     Robert E Neale - A bibliography
                     
          The Chinese Junk     Meditations on a Waterbomb by Kenneth M Kawamura
                     
          Consequences and Le Cadavre Exquis        
                     
          The Fifth Pig and other propaganda Fold-Ups        
                     
          The Flapping Bird        
                     
          The Orizuru or Paper Crane        
                     
          The Paper Plane        
                     
          The Salt Cellar / Fortune Teller / Cootie Catcher        
                     
          The Senbazuru Orikata        
                     
          The Tematebako        
                     
          Troublewit