Bats! (WOD 2016 #8)

20161031_121838000_iOS.pngAnd on Halloween itself, I couldn’t resist a few more bats.

I was having trouble choosing, so I kept all three: “Bat” (こうもり, kōmori) by Akira Yoshizawa (left); the “Happy Good-luck Bat” by Michael LaFosse (center); and “Angry Bat” by Juan Sebástian Landeta (right).

20161031_121036038_iosThe Yoshizawa bat is one of my long-standing favorites. Folded from regular origami paper (thin, crisp, white on one side, colored on another), you start by folding the paper in half diagonally, creating a right triangle, and then fold with all layers together. With mono-colored paper – especially something thicker, like the paper I used for this version, Canson Mi-Teintes – you can fold it from a right triangle directly. Perhaps the Master would frown on this practice, but it does let you wet-fold the piece from thicker paper and creates a really nice, shaped result.

20161031_120932932_iosLafosse’s “Happy Good-luck Bat” is similarly a long-standing favorite. It works from regular origami paper, but is a great piece to for folders looking to try wet-folding with something heavier (this example is also Canson Mi-Teintes.) Bats are often maligned, but, as Michael says in Advanced Origami:


The bat is a splendid creature. Some pollinate our fruit trees and some our important crops. They keep insect populations in check. They gave us the clues to discover sonar and radar. … This highly stylized bat was inspired by traditional Chinese decorative arts. … The Chinese words for bat and good fortune both sound alike… and the bat is a symbol of good fortune. 

20161031_121124311_iosThe newcomer to this list is Sebástian’s “Angry Bat.” I found the piece while websurfing the other day, and couldn’t resist. Even my husband Jon (who is seriously Not A Bat Fan) found it amusing rather than creepy. I think it’s hilarious, and clever. I folded this one from some dark-grey/yellow duo I found in Korea a couple of years ago – perfect for the bat! Note: the video instructions are in Spanish, so a non-Spanish speaker will have to pay close attention to the landmarks (which the instructor is careful to show clearly) so anyone of not-quite-beginner skill level should be able to do it.

Publication notes:

The Yoshizawa Bat can be found in “Creative Origami” (創作折り紙, sousaki origami) (at Amazon, used)

The LaFosse Bat can be found in: OrigamiUSA Convention Book 1995 (PDF for purchase at OrigamiUSA’s Source); Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995 (PDF for purchase at OrigamiUSA’s Source); Origami Sourcebook by Jay Ansill; Origami Activities: Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids (at Amazon); Advanced Origami (at Amazon; photos of all the pieces at Origamido Studio); Quadrato Magico 50 (a publication of the Italian origami association, Centro Diffusione Origami)

Sebastian Bat: video instructions on Youtube

20161031_121608438_iosThis is my 8th fold for World Origami Days 2016. What are you folding?

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