The lunar new year in 2018 fell on 16 Feb, ushering in the Year of the Dog. As usual, I folded some origami dogs to mark the occasion, and to make an ecard for Chinese New Year. Origami-wise, the folder is spoilt for choice when it comes to dogs. So came the task of narrowing down my choices.
More than a decade ago, my family adopted a pair of dogs that were abandoned at a pet hotel. One was a golden retriever and the other a bull terrier. They have since passed on, but it is a natural choice to want to fold these 2 dogs in their memory. I had folded a retriever by Satoshi Kamiya before, so that became one choice. I had difficulties finding a design of a bull terrier that I liked, so I decided to adapt a terrier designed by Roman Diaz. So here is the outcome.
Golden retriever by Satoshi Kamiya, bull terrier by Roman Diaz. Photograph by Pek Wan Sze
Being spoilt for choice, I decided to fold a few more designs. It was a tough choice, so in the end I settled for another two. The first is a cocker spaniel again designed by Satoshi. I particularly like its upturned head.
Cocker spaniel by Satoshi Kamiya
The other dog that I chose in the end is a cute papillon designed by Hideo Komatsu, shown here.
Papillon by Hideo Komatsu
I also folded some simple puppies for a project (which will be the subject of another post), here’s the preview.
So a big bow-wow for the lunar new year!
Origami notes :
- Golden retriever designed by Satoshi Kamiya. Works of Satoshi Kamiya Vol 2. Folded from 80 gsm paper; 25 cm square, finished size 14 cm.
- Bull terrier. Adapted from design of fox terrier by Roman Diaz. Origami for Interpreters. Folded from embossed paper; 25 cm square, finished size 13 cm.
- Cocker spaniel designed by Satoshi Kamiya. Origami Tanteidan Magazine no. 127. Folded from 110 gsm art paper; 25 cm square, finished size 10 cm.
- Papillon designed by Hideo Komatsu. Works of Hideo Komatsu. Folded from art paper; 25 (?) cm square, finished size 9 cm.
- Simple puppy. Diagram from internet.