Figurative single-sheet origami


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Bible

Bible

After a book with a face on the cover (called Biography), I designed a book with a Maltese Cross on the cover (aptly called Bible). This model’s design is ba...

Moon

Moon

A simple model of the crescent moon, designed for an astronomy-themed origami workshop. Proportions can be varied to some degree, producing different phases ...

Rocket

Rocket

This rocket is a very simple to fold model I designed for an astronomy-themed origami workshop. The rocket can stand on its own thanks to a “foot” which can ...

Carrot

Carrot

Another shaping variant of Ice Cream model, this time resembling a carrot. Using white+green color combination instead of orange+green will get you parsley i...

Ladybug 1.1

Ladybug 1.1

When Sara Adams prepared a videotutorial for my Ladybug, she came up with a few improvements which not only gave the model convenient reference points for fo...

Dollar Bill Hare

Dollar Bill Hare

This is one of my favorite origami animals: simple to fold, quite realistic but also a model with its own character.

Pajarita

Pajarita

The Pajarita (little bird in Spanish) is one of European traditional origami models, especially popular in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.

Traditional Crane

Traditional Crane

The traditional crane, often considered a symbol of origami. It is also probably the model most often referenced in metaorigami.

Bed

Bed

A simple origami bed with color-change for the bedsheet. My design from late 2019.

Traditional Crane from book wrapping foil

Traditional Crane from book wrapping foil

I folded this crane as an experiment from Herlitz book wrapping foil, and to my surprise, it proved to be a rather nice folding material. Since the foil is a...

Hedgehog from Sponge Cloth

Hedgehog from Sponge Cloth

Hedgehog, wet-folded from a household sponge cloth. Have a look at my review of this untypical folding material.

Life-Size Desk Lamp

Life-Size Desk Lamp

This is a life-size fold of my desk lamp origami model. I cheated a little by putting a metal profile inside the post since the paper I used had too little s...

Biography

Biography

This origami book features a portrait on the front cover, so I called it Biography. The structure of the book is basically the same as in my Long Story Short...

Book with Diamond on Cover

Book with Diamond on Cover

Recently, I gave an Origami Connect workshop on my origami book model Long Story Short. Preparing for the workshop motivated me to revisit an idea which I ha...

Long Story Short (gray)

Long Story Short (gray)

On August 2nd, 2020, I’ll be teaching my origami book model, Long Story Short, in an online Origami Connect session, organized by OrigamiUSA.

Triceratops

Triceratops

I really like this triceratops design by Roman Diaz. Most dinosaur models, especially triceratops, are quite complex. This one, in contrast, is so simple you...

Torch

Torch

This origami torch is basically the same model as Ice Cream, just with different colors and shaping.

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Ice cream, own design. This model can be folded from regular Kami, but I think it looks best when wet-folded from thick watercolor paper. Here, one side of t...

Submarine

Submarine

A simple, one-sided origami submarine I designed a while ago.

Fear Not

Fear Not

Fear not. Stay home. Be patient. 2 × origami eye, wet-folded from watercolor paper.

Ad Astra

Ad Astra

I prepared this composition as decoration for the room where I would be holding origami workshops related to my exhibition at Olsztyn Planetarium. During the...

Wet-folded Eye

Wet-folded Eye

I designed this model for my origami workshops in order to be able to teach wet folding to complete beginners. It is also an example of origami folded withou...

Laptop

Laptop

This is another model I designed for a workshop about contemporary origami, with the aim of demonstrating some techniques used in modern origami design while...

Tea Tag Airplane

Tea Tag Airplane

Traditional origami airplane, a part of my series of tea tag origami models. Folding the tea tag is a good way of making your cup stand out from others.

JavaZone Logo

JavaZone Logo

Folding origami during a break at JavaZone 2019 after an interesting talk about JVM performance tuning by Chris Thalinger.

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

I designed this model especially for the workshop which accompanied my presentation about contemporary origami at the Embassy of Japan in Poland. While rathe...

Spider’s Web

Spider’s Web

Ben Goldberger is an interesting origami artist from Israel whom I had the opportunity to meet at CDO Convention 2018. You should definitely check out his wo...

Superpuss

Superpuss

Oriol Esteve taught this fun model of his during one of Origami Connect classes.

One Hand Washes the Other

One Hand Washes the Other

I got the idea for this model after a workshop with João Charrua at last year’s CDO convention. The structure of an individual hand is taken directly from on...

The Little Prince and the Fox

The Little Prince and the Fox

Le Petit Prince, designed by Viviane Berty, and Fox Baby, designed by Daniel Chang. Folded and arranged by me.

Ladybug

Ladybug

I haven’t had time to prepare any current-year-related model this year, so here’s an older model of a completely different kind: a simple ladybug with color ...

Unripe Sunflower Tessellation

Unripe Sunflower Tessellation

This is a modification of my Sunflower Tessellation. The molecules (“sunflower seeds”) are flatter and the petals are shorter. The back side is also more int...

Sunflower Tessellation (Refold)

Sunflower Tessellation (Refold)

It took me 1½ years before I decided to fold my Sunflower Tessellation once again, this time from rare yellow Elephant Hide paper. I think this is a better ...

Crane with Colored Wings

Crane with Colored Wings

This is a variation of the traditional origami crane which I recently designed: there is a color change giving the wings a different color than the body. I h...

Big Paper Boat

Big Paper Boat

A large paper boat (1.5 m long), folded to test the feasibility for origami of thick double-layer corrugated board (see blog post for details).

Fat Penguin

Fat Penguin

Once in a while, I design something other than a tessellation or a box. This geometric penguin model came about during Outdoor Origami Meeting as I was playi...

Elephants in Love

Elephants in Love

I designed this model, based on my Simple Elephant, for the wedding of two origami friends, Marcin and Natalia. Folded from a single 5:1 strip of red-gold Wa...

Nuclear Mushroom Cloud

Nuclear Mushroom Cloud

This is what happens when you execute an origami crumpling technique such as those mastered by Vincent Floderer but instead of thin and crisp paper, use thic...

Celtic Cross 1.1

Celtic Cross 1.1

An improved version of my Celtic Cross. Based on standing crosses found throughout the British Isles.

Trilithon I

Trilithon I

An origami Trilithon based on those found at Stonehenge. The model is numbered I since I also designed some other variants with different proportions and one...

Cat

Cat

I folded this model in order to test what folding origami from felt would be like, and I summarized my impressions in a separate blog post.

No-Fold Stegosaurus

No-Fold Stegosaurus

It’s been more than 20 years since Joseph Wu designed his one-fold stegosaurus. Now, with the recent advancements in minimalistic origami and computer-aided ...

Simple Elephant

Simple Elephant

A simple elephant seen from the front, folded from a square. This is basically the same design as the business card holder and Elephant Bookmark. A minimalis...

Mini-Sunflower

Mini-Sunflower

This is a minimalistic version of my Sunflower Tessellation, folded from a 16×16 grid. It consists of just a single molecule surrounded by petals, and thus c...

Sunflower Tessellation

Sunflower Tessellation

My new tessellation design, folded from a single sheet of Tant paper.

Scroll of Time: 2017

Scroll of Time: 2017

I wanted to try something new this year, so I folded this model from thin parchment paper whereas most of the time I use much thicker papers. Modern parchmen...

Penguin Attack

Penguin Attack

A giant penguin (designed by Blanka Pentela (Blunek) ascending King-Kong style the Palace of Culture and Science. This 250 m tall building was erected in War...

Penguin

Penguin

See also the Penguin Attack composition which uses this model.

Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross

This free-standing cross was inspired by high crosses — stone monuments erected throughout the Middle Ages in Ireland and Britain.

Professor Mmaa

Professor Mmaa

Professor Mmaa’s lecture is a novel by Polish-English writer Stefan Themerson in which termites try to understand the human society which is so different fro...

Toilet Paper Hedgehog

Toilet Paper Hedgehog

Pureland Hedgehog, designed by Sebastien Limet and modified by me for folding from the loose end of a toilet paper roll.

Dachshund in Doghouse

Dachshund in Doghouse

Yara Yagi’s dog is standing in front of a doghouse designed be me specially to match this model.

Dachshund

Dachshund

The Dachshund (Perro Salchicha) is a very cute dog model I immediately liked when I first saw it. I also designed a doghouse in matching style.

Epiphany II

Epiphany II

This is my second attempt at designing a Star of Bethlehem (which can also double as a regular comet). After designing it, I found online pictures of a simil...

Long Story Short

Long Story Short

This is my design for an origami book. It’s called “long story short” because you can make the book as long as you wish (any number of pages) and at the same...