You all know I love origami: traditional, modern, Japanese, international, fiendishly out-of-my-reach hard, toddler-easy. Bring on those classic cranes, the flowers, the frogs, the toys, the fish and the food.
My favorite origami is an elegant set of simple folds that produces a practical object. There are many, and I’ve written here about page corners and wallets. Here’s another of my favorites, from Gay Merrill Gross’s Minigami.
The great Gay couldn’t come up with a flashier name than Standing Pocket for this model, and I’ve tried to, and failed. But when you see what it can do, I hope you’ll grab a piece of paper and two minutes. She recommends a rectangle “twice the width of the finished stand and eight times as high.” I used 8 1/2 X 11 inch printer paper for the photos, and a same-sized piece of construction paper for the –See! can’t this be cool? — pix at the end. The resulting stand is about 1 1/2 ” tall and 4 1/2 ” wide.
Step 1: Crimp the short sides of the rectangle at the center points. This will make the next step easy.
Step 2 :Fold the long edges to meet in the center.
Step 3: Fold Step 2 in half like a book. Unfold, and using the center mark you’ve just made, fold both short edges to the center. Like so:Step 4: I’ll quote Gail: “Insert one short edge into the other until the cut edges reach the first quarter-crease, forming a trangular prism.” It’s fun, and will look like this:
Step 5: Gail again: “Sit the model on the table so that the pocket edge is on the top. (My note: the pocket edge is the right edge of the above triangle.) Pinch the top edge with both hands and inch your fingers down to the table.”
It will look like this:
I just love the logical, simple sequence of folds, and the transformation at the end. Wasn’t that cool?
So, you ask, what the heck do I do with it, now that I’ve made it? Well, that upper pocket is dandy: you can slip anything slim into it and the Standing Pocket works like a holder. I took a picture of it holding a dinner place card — “Barack” — but the result showed my thumb. Here it is holding yet another to-do list. Yes, I hate putting away laundry!
Hmmm. Hee hee. I own Nick Robinson’s Very Naughty Origami that includes a few models that would be, well, very effective in this style of pop up card. But I’m too tasteful and mature to play around with an idea like that, right?