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Origami Heliconia

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of tissue foil.

Design date:  July, 2007

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Heliconia Base

Design Reference:

Real Heliconia


This model marks a turning point in my approach to origami design.  Before I designed this, my view of the function of "rivers" in circle-packing was unclear.  Because of the asymmetrical nature of this model (due to the alternation of petals pointing either left or right), I had to entirely re-think my approach to origami design.  My eventual conclusion, which is that rivers are simply separation between flaps and can be represented by concentric circles, revolutionized the possibilities of my designs.  While this plant is extremely colorful, it is not actually a flower (at least, the visible part isn't).  The actual flowers of the plant grow inside the bright red and green bracts.  There are numerous varieties of heliconia (also called the "false bird of paradise"), many of which I saw in Hawaii, but I chose this species because I felt it was particularly stunning.  Because of asymmetrical nature of the subject, and the break-through it provided in my design efforts, this model will always be special to me, even if it is eclipsed by further creations.