Thank you Abby for your help with this wonderful thing!
Have I ever told you how much I love origami? Well I do. Though its periodicity in my lifetime has not really had a high frequency, it has nonetheless always managed to register quite solidly. The simple beauty of intricately folded squares of paper is mesmerizing. What kinds of geniuses have managed to invent such wonderful paper objects as the crane? Wicked AWESOME geniuses, OK?
I’ve enjoyed folding cranes for many years. As a sort of Origami Johnny One Note, I’ve attempted to show grade-schoolers, college students, and even assorted grownups how to make the lovely paper bird. Well today a coworker showed me how to make a piece of modular origami. The Omega Star. It takes six squares of paper. When you need more than one square of paper, that’s modular. Not only had I never attempted any modular origami, but I didn’t even know that was what you called it. I saw an Omega Star sitting on top of a co-worker’s computer and was fascinated by its beautiful symmetry. When I learned that another coworker had made this object, destiny began to unfold. Pun intended. Whatever, it took a couple of weeks before Abby and I finally sat down and started folding …
My first Omega Star. Made with 6″ ugly brown floral print origami paper (all I was able to find).
She said we needed at least 3 of folded modules to be able to demonstrate how they would be fitted together. So we did. It being a half-day Friday (a summer tradition at the college where I work) we took a few minutes toward the end of the morning to teach and learn. When I got home I attempted to finish it, but got confused with all the points and pockets. Had to take it apart a few times and look around online for some additional guidance. I was unable to find the trail of symmetry that makes paperfolding comprehensible. Ultimately I succeeded.
After a failed attempt at a bike ride (my black bike, which I just put new tires on, is making a weird clunking noise) and a few hours of lawn mowing, I decided to try another star with some smaller paper. I had finally found the two packages of colorful paper my sister had sent me a few years ago. It took almost an hour and a half to complete.
It’s going to take a lot of practice and maybe some new technique to make stars as nice as the one Abby made.
Well that is all for now. Gotta go for a ride. On the blue bike I guess. Don’t have time to mess around with the black one.