Dave Brill relates how he sets about creating a new piece.

I could really write a 10 page essay as it’s very difficult to generalise, but here goes.

  • Decide on subject. May take weeks or months. For me the choice must display some aspect not previously portrayed in origami attempts at the subject by other authors, if the choice is not totally new in itself.
    Make rough drawings of subject to get to know about its form, shape, decide what I want to show in the paper version. Draw from photos or from life. Look at photographs (which may have been original situations in the choice)
  • Begin folding, design new base or sequence. Must make economical use of paper. No wasted flaps or multi-thicknesses.
  • Trial and error. Each new paper sheet must employ some revision and hopefully some improvement over the previous. Can be a long step: weeks/months! Leave it alone for a while – weeks maybe.
  • New ideas or solutions to technical problems often arrive when am otherwise occupied e.g. sleeping, mowing the lawn, walking to work, in the shower etc. and not consciously thinking about the problem in hand.
  • Refinement: fold subject again and again – mainly to satisfy myself. No improvements or only minor improvements at this stage.
  • Drawings of sequence come at the very end or maybe never! Drawings fix a design too much and I prefer it to be continually in flux.
  • Try different papers to try and establish a preference.