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Venus Flytrap by Cahoonas Venus Flytrap by Cahoonas
Plant: 9" square green Pacon
Dirt pad: 6" square brown Pacon

Designed as an entry for Synoci's Folding challenge: synconi.deviantart.com/journal…

The theme of this challenge is to "boldly fold as you have never folded before". I guess this is free for interpretation, but it's theme seems to imply trying new origami things you don't usually try. I remember wanting to design a venus flytrap model a while back and decided it was a good choice for the challenge. As someone already familiar with designing origami, instead the "boldly folding" part comes from the way I chose to design this model. I used a method I usually don't use called circle packing to assign paper for the flaps at the base and the two sides of each fly trap. Each of the leaves leading from base to trap are defined by fairly large rivers and the whole thing is kind of based on 120 degree radial symmetry. I decided to forgo some detail on the traps to create a bit more realistic leaf shape. The pad of dirt around the base was improvised from a windmill base.
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synconi Sep 29, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I'm always delighted and intrigued to read your comments about the design and folding procedure for each model. And how awesome that you were nudged into circle-packing for this model, something I've not even begun to contemplate! (How do you usually set about designing a model? From bases?)

Distinctive in form and realistic, with the little pot a nice added touch :heart:
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Cahoonas Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Yep, my goal when designing most models is pretty much trying to find an acceptable base. In many cases, all you really need are the right flap proportions in roughly the right areas. Detailing, making those flaps look nice and recognizable, tends to be easier(although not quite trivial) once you have the base figured out. I've been reading through Lang's Origami Design  Secrets, which is pretty dang useful.
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this is awesome!
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