Saturday, October 30, 2010

Won Park: Master "Money Folder" Origami

Education Fun:

Won Park – The Master of Origami Paper Folding

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.
Won Park is the master of Origami. He is also called the “money folder”, a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not– both in stunning detail.

One Dollar Koi

One Dollar Butterfly

One Dollar Camera


I will do further research to see if he has a book of instructions published...
and check youtube for instructional videos... (I already found other people demonstrating
similar origami constructions, but not with the one dollar bill and not by the original Master
himself...  to be continued...  :-)


Good News!!!  I found a yahoo group dedicated to Won Park's origami art and he himself is a member of the group; here is the link:

ps: Won Park is a young man living in Hawaii... He does not fit the stereotype of an elder Japanese
monkish sage... to be continued...  :-)

The moneyfolders yahoo group has exacting diagrams and step-by-step written instructions, and many photographs and some youtube videos etc. to fill an Origami Museum...   :-)  This on-going daily message board and Origami Resource worldwide is an international treasure for teaching and learning and creating magical powerful art and science and community spirit with the simplest of materials and techniques...

This is the beginning of something wonderful for internet empowerment of ordinary and extraordinary people worldwide...and it is based on a small piece of paper that fits in the palm of your hand and is folded into the Creations of Infinite Possibilities...

Sincerely and Respectfully,



Friday, October 29, 2010

Free Online Drawing and Coloring Website for Cartoons, etc.

Education Fun,

Here is a kid-oriented website with free drawing and coloring tools, so that you can draw and/or color with your computer online.  There are many cartoon characters to color yourself, or you can draw your own pictures to color with your computer free online.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Structure of a Medieval Manuscript -- Animation Video on youtube

Education Fun,

I am working on a curriculum project for students K-University, called Engineering of Everyday Things.
It has lessons and actvities for Analyzing a "Whole (Everyday Thing) and its Parts". This involves  describing the Structure and Function of an Object; there are many objects offered for student examples in several lists and picture collections. Some examples are found online as well. Here is a brief and yet very effective video animation produced by the Getty Museum titled: The Structure of a Medieval Manuscript, posted on youtube at:

It demonstrates how books of long ago were handmade on parchment pages and sewn together with a cover and binding technique that is still used today in making books.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Microscope Photo of Soap Bubbles

Education Fun,

Nikon Photography has an annual worldwide competition for photographs taken through microscopes; the results of this year's competition can be seen at their Small World website:

Among my favorites is this simply beautiful colorful photograph of soap bubbles,
at 150X magnification... the colors are real, not Photoshop!

I think if you double-click on the image it will zoom larger on the screen...

The pure black background is based on a specific lighting technique of  Photo Microscopy; you can learn more at their website about the various techniques that can be used to highlight and colorize microscope specimens.

Enjoy the view that our unaided eyes cannot see...
Microscopes and telescopes bring the very very small and the very very large world views into human focus; they are very important tools of Science and Understanding...

I think that every school should have both available for supervised student use.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

German Tarts (A Delicious Photograph :-)

Dear Education Fun

I am fortunate to have a good friend who is a Professional Photographer of Extraordinary Talents...
He recently returned from an extended stay in Germany and just today I got to view many of his spectacular photographs from his trip...

One of my favorites is simply put: "Delicious"...

I will let you judge for yourself (remember that if you double click on the photograph you will see a much larger dramatic image...)

Bon Appetit


Breathing (in French :-)

Dear Education Fun
Cher Education Amusant

Here is an educational anatomy illustration about "Breathing" from Wikipedia.
I looked at the English Language version and then decided that I would select the French version,
because the anatomy words seemed softer and smoother and less "harsh" sounding...
and also I simply did it just "For Fun"...

So the next time you "take a breath" or think about "breathing"...
this picture can add some "in-sight" to your life and living...
what the French call "joie de vivre"...



a bientot...

La respiration est le processus qui se déplace de l'air dans et hors des poumons. Les organismes aérobies ont besoin d'oxygène pour libérer l'énergie par la respiration, sous la forme du métabolisme de molécules riches en énergie comme le glucose.
La respiration est un seul processus qui apporte l'oxygène à l'endroit où elle est nécessaire dans le corps et élimine le dioxyde de carbone. Un autre processus important concerne la circulation du sang par le système circulatoire. Les échanges gazeux se produit dans les alvéoles pulmonaires par diffusion passive des gaz entre le gaz alvéolaire et le sang dans les capillaires du poumon. Une fois que ces gaz dissous dans le sang, les pouvoirs cœur de leur écoulement autour du corps (par l'intermédiaire du système circulatoire). Le terme médical pour la respiration normale est détendue eupnée.
En plus d'éliminer le dioxyde de carbone, la respiration se traduit par une perte d'eau du corps. air expiré a une humidité relative de 100% à cause de l'eau diffusent à travers la surface humide de la respiration passages et les alvéoles.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cardboard Model of a Laptop Computer :-)

Dear Education Fun,

The previous post mentioned paper-crafting in relationship to our modern era of computers...
Now, I found a humorous combination of both!! in a magazine advertisement picture.

You are familiar with the ubiquitous cardboard boxes of the shipping companies UPS and FedEx
("United Parcel Service" and "Federal Express") and of course our old-fashioned  reported-to-be-
in-financial-crisis U.S. Postal Service, USPS,  and predicted by some/many "experts" to be doomed for
Extinction...unless they can re-invent their Organization, Services, and Products, etc.

Email certainly has replaced millions of  paper letters of correspondence and the U.S. Postal Service has drastically lost their "customer-base" (to use an Economics term), so it will indeed be interesting to see and live-through the shake-up and/or evolution of communications, product deliveries, and information services...

So in this frame of reference, here is a humorous, almost quaint hand-crafted cardboard model of a laptop computer used in a magazine advertisement for who...?  UPS  :-)

Enjoy the artwork...


Paper Cut-out Traditional European Folk Art

Dear Education Fun,

Continuing my recent paper-craft projects, here is a photograph of a greeting card I made for my family and friends for the Autumn Season.  It is based on a traditional European Folk Art design: if you look carefully at it, you will see that it is both a Tree of Life and a Candelabra.  100 years ago many households were lit only by candlelight and lanterns, and various religious traditions used the lighting of candles for rituals of prayer and holidays ("holy-days").

I love to use a pair of scissors and cut designs from paper, it is a quietude craft that is very relaxing and pleasurable.

Some paper cut-outs are done with a folded piece of paper, to create a mirror-image symmetry.
This design has that character, however I actually made this cutout without folding the paper...
If you look carefully at the card, you will notice many places that are not 'exactly' mirror-images of their counterpart on the left and right sides...  It is just the way I felt like making this card; I did not
expect to cut 'exact' mirror-images and I was in no rush to complete the cutout...

The simple act of crafting the paper as I felt my "quiet flow", was gift enough for me...
Then upon completion of the card, I made about 12 color copies, which are in the process of being mailed (snail-mailed in paper envelopes with postage stamps) to family and friends around the country.

Sometimes I tell time by "B.C." = Before Computers  :-)



Paper Pop-up (cut-out) Circus

Dear Education Fun,

Enclosed are some photographs of my recently completed Paper cut-out Circus, based on a pattern by Laura Badalucco in her book: Kirigami -- the Art of 3-Dimensional Paper Cutting, available at .  My version is hand-colored and larger than her miniature-size version is about 22" in diameter; but she is the Master Craftswoman that inspired me to make my sculpture.
She is awesome...

I thank her very much for contributing to our Education Fun...


Monday, October 11, 2010

Here is a GIANT paper pop-up used in a Belgian tv commercial...

Dear Education Fun,

Here is a link to a GIANT paper pop-up used in a Belgian tv commercial for PEARLE Opticians, made by Paper Engineer, Kees Moerbeek, from the Netherlands...
There are 2 very fun videos to watch at the following link:

I am a paper-crafter and love to make pop-up greeting cards for friends and family.
I recently made a larger scale paper pop-up "sculpture" of a circus scene, based on a design by Laura
Badalucco from her book: Kirigami -- the Art of 3-Dimensional Paper-Cutting.  My circus scene is about 2 feet in diameter.

The tv commercial GIANT Paper Pop-Up is a Life-Size Store-Size complete commercial tv stage,
perhaps 20 feet x 20 feet... That is a GIANT Size Paper Pop-Up!!!

Enjoy the videos and explore how the huge paper-mechanisms are constructed...


Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Bausch & Lomb 5x Magnifier (Pocket) Packette


The Bausch & Lomb 5x Pocket Magnifier Packette

This little inexpensive palm-size 5x magnifier that slides outward and into its own little plastic “packette” (turtle shell :-) for pocket portability and complete product protection is a great discovery-learning tool for any and all classrooms and any and all persons and locations: indoors or outdoors, in the wide open world of Civilization and Nature.

The B & L 5x magnifier is a wonderful tool of vision-enhancement: it reveals the largely unseen smaller world of everyday things that surround us but mostly go unnoticed. It reveals:
-- the weave of cloth
--the textures of food
--the “fingerprints” of our fingers
--the cellularity of plants
--the engineering of a ball-point pen
-- the machining spiral of a metal screw
--the pixels of a computer screen
and much much more...

Everything around us and even on and in us, is a “whole” thing composed of parts; everything has Structure & Function, and magnifiers—from microscopes to telescopes: from the “nano” scale to the “astro” scale-- enhance our vision of this world. Vision enhances our survival as a species and empowers our knowledge of the world we live in.

This little portable pocket 5x magnifier is an enormous tool of vision and learning.
It is also an amazing tool of beauty: to see things “as they are”, but often unnoticed in our modern world of electronic devices and entertainment, and in our modern whirled of hurry and stimulus overload, this little tool is a magnifier of "time-taken" to observe: which is the art and science of long
and/or care-full looking.

“To see the world in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wildflower.
To hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.”

That is what William Blake said long ago; he was an English Poet, Painter, and Printmaker from the late 1700's to the early 1800's...and I happily agree, living now with his Wisdom and Vision...

Now, you can discover your's... and share what you see...

For less than $10, the Bausch & Lomb 5x magnifier packette is available at:

Thank you for your consideration and participation...