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Walking Leaf

 

Origami Walking Leaf

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of tissue paper treated with methyl cellulose.

Design date:  March, 2007

Diagrams:  here

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Walking Leaf Base

Design Reference:

Real Walking Leaf

 

I saw a walking leaf on an episode of Dirty Jobs.  It was such an odd looking, striking insect that I just had to design one.  Insects are the most popular subject of modern origami design (beetles in particular), so I had avoided them somewhat in my own work to this point - I prefer to focus my efforts on models that either have not been designed or have not been designed well (or that I have not seen designed well - it is possible that other models of the same subject exist which I have not seen).  This is one particular insect which I have not seen before.