Koh’s “Blackmoor Goldfish”

Yes, this specific piece was over 11 years old when I took this photo.  It's a little worse for the wear (and black paper is hard to photograph) but should give some idea of the piece.

Yes, this specific piece was over 11 years old when I took this photo. It’s a little worse for the wear (and black paper is hard to photograph) but should give some idea of the piece.

By: Ronald Koh

From: Origami Goldfish

Why: I’m going to be teaching this model at this year’s OrigamiUSA convention in New York (Ron’s kindly given me permission to do so, and to hand out diagrams) so I’ve been practicing it. The level of detail is extraordinary. I used to keep goldfish, and this piece makes me miss them!

Ron’s published a book of his really wonderful goldfish designs, through OrigamiUSA and it’s available for sale from The Source which is now, unfortunately, out of print (update 2014).

It’s a complex piece, takes several hours to fold well, and is not easy – nor is the end result that stellar – when folded out of regular origami paper. I’d recommend anything thin and strong, like a handmade paper, washi, Origamido paper, or the like. It’s fantastically detailed, and has some very clever folds that create the volume of paper needed for the bubble eyes and many decorative fins on this fish.

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