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An introduction to Origami Showcase</i>
To the casual observer, the concept of origami may seem deceptively simple- taking a single sheet of paper and folding it into an animal, object, or something completely random.
That is the essence of origami- and yet if you look further, you’ll find that it’s so much more.
There are people out there who have invented impossibly complex models folded from a single square of paper; blending maths and art to bring amazing creations to life. There’s modular origami, where tens, hundreds or even thousands of paper units are folded and assembled together. Careful, precise folding combined with an eye for colour and design can result in absolutely stunning models.
Take a look around dA, or Flickr, and you might be surprised what you see.
Paper cranes are cool, but there’s some really awesome stuff out there.
I hope that I can bring some of this to you through Origami Showcase.

Origami Showcase #1: Chinese Unit Origami
Before a few months ago, I’d never seen a piece of Chinese unit origami in my life.
There aren’t that many people on dA who make this type of origami- which is precisely why I’m bringing this article to you today.

Basically, Chinese unit origami is where you fold a TON of paper triangles and then assemble them together into whatever shape takes your fancy (or whatever the instructions you’re following say). Each triangle is designed so that it has two pockets and two tips, so by tucking the tips into pockets you can assemble an entire model without using any glue. This is a nice article with more info on Chinese unit origami and its history. It also has instructions for folding the basic triangle unit, and links to a few diagrams as well.

Now I’ll finally stop rambling and get on to the visual side of things- some Chinese unit origami from your fellow deviants. If anything catches your eye, please take a closer look and support these amazing artists!

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:iconcollarander: has a ton of original Chinese unit creations in her gallery; this is only a small snapshot of some of my favourites.

Tomato Box by collarander Mush-Shrooms by collarander Flower Vase by collarander Rocket Slime - Bo by collarander Flower of Venus Dish by collarander

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:iconintegrall:’s Chinese unit Winnie the Pooh characters are simply adorable!

Winnie the Pooh by Integrall Donkey by Integrall Flower by Integrall

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Here are more Winnie the Pooh characters from :icondelinlea: to complete the set, and Marill from Pokemon, too. If you look further in her gallery, you’ll find some miniature Chinese unit models and a ton of cute critters, too.

Tigger by Delinlea Piglet by Delinlea Marill by Delinlea

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Here is a selection of some more Chinese unit models folded by a variety of different artists.

Origami - Vase by blackwild Chibi Totoro by YozenMari ponyo by TortieRose :thumb134794772: 3d modular origami by RazorCrow Origami Turtle by Slitwalker

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Birds are a recurring theme in Chinese unit origami; here are a number of models showcasing different variations of this theme.

Modular Origami Swan by BlackDelphin Peacock by OmbryB A Swan by Integrall Phoenix by caffeinefiend Peacock by YozenMari :thumb71045454:

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Last but not least, here is a colourful tutorial on how to fold the basic Chinese unit triangle by :iconblackwild:.

Origami Tutorial - Module by blackwild

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I hope you enjoyed this feature, perhaps learnt a little more about origami in the process, and found some new works to add to your favourites. And, of course, I hope to see a lot more of you out there folding, too! :XD:

If you have any ideas for the theme/features of my next Origami Showcase article, or about how I could make this series better, please let me know by dropping me a note- all suggestions will be greatly appreciated. =)

Thanks for taking the time to read this article, and happy folding! :boogie:

- Kei
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:iconcaffeinefiend:
Thank you for adding my piece!
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:iconllifi-kei:
You're welcome! =)
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:iconhisuikousei:
I stumbled upon your article after all without you needing to poke me! ;)

Great work!!
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:iconllifi-kei:
Did you hurt yourself when you stumbled on it? =P

Thanks XD
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:iconhisuikousei:
Yes, my left ankle is sore :(
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:iconzettelkekse:
ZettelKekse Sep 5, 2009
Thank you for putting our Keroppi in your article. :D
And btw, it was fun to read it. Great to see what other people created. =3
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:iconllifi-kei:
You're welcome, and thankies =D
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:iconcollarander:
:o Thank you for featuring me! I'm honored that you like my origami pieces and think they're worthy of featuring :D
And thanks for making a feature like this, it's great to see other people's works, and it's sure inspiring me to start working on more origami! XD
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:iconllifi-kei:
You're welcome =D

And I'm glad that you were able to find this inspiring, too! ^__^
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:iconrazorcrow:
Thank you so much for putting my Japanese raccoon dog in your article! I have finally been published!
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