And 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).
The 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.
Lafosse’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.
The 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.
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
This is my 8th fold for World Origami Days 2016. What are you folding?