Spinosaurus - Shuki Kato, originally uploaded by Origami Weekly.

This weekend is the Pacific Coast Origami Conference in San Francisco. Andrew and I will both be there. Since we will be having such and awesome time at the convention, I thought it would be nice to pass a little awesome onto y’all.

This is my favorite diagram of the year. Not just my favorite Origami Weekly release, but my favorite, period.

This week we present to you diagrams for Shuki Kato’s Spinosaurus.

Yes, you read that right. 130 steps.

The Spinosaurus is my favorite dinosaur, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to find these sitting in my inbox some weeks ago.

Who knew diagonal box-pleating could be so fun!

Spinosaurus - Shuki Kato

The version above was folded by me, Jared, from a 35 cm square of double MC tissue paper. It is slightly modified to have more pronounced spines, and a forward-pointing sail, as is my favorite interpretation.

Many thanks to my friend Shuki!

Spider - Andrey Ermakov, originally uploaded by Origami Weekly.

Happy Halloween!

Andrey Ermakov surprised us by sending some very very nice diagrams for his spider! Perfect for Halloween.

Spider - Andrey Ermakov

Something creepy and crawly for Halloween, to go with Andrew's Witch from earlier. Also, head on over to Andrew's Flickr for some Crazy Jack (o Lantern) action: www.flickr.com/photos/ahudson/2990136227/

The Spider in the photo was designed and folded by Andrey Ermakov. Andrew and I have just been too busy preparing for PCOC.

Origami for the People, originally uploaded by Origami Weekly.

Several months ago, I realized that while there were lots of traditional models to be found, most of the diagrams were copyrighted, so their use was restricted. I also noticed that a handful of traditional models got the lion's share of attention from folders and diagrammers, while some very intriguing models were only published in a few places, sometimes with low-quality diagrams...

So in response, I'm pleased to announce the Public Diagram Project. The aim is to provide a collection of 15-20 high-quality diagrams for clever and obscure traditional models, available to everyone. Each of these diagrams will be released under a Creative Commons license, so you can share, teach, and adapt any of these without breaking any copyright laws.

Here's the diagrams:
Jumping Frog

Congratulations Crane

Octagonal Tato

You'll notice that one of these diagrams has already appeared on Origami Weekly-- I found out, a week after I'd posted it, that I had actually rediscovered a traditional model; that event was part of the inspiration for this project.

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