Vixen, by Roman DiazToday’s origami model for World Origami Days 2015 is the Vixen, by Roman Diaz.

This is the third of his designs I have featured on this blog, the others being the Hippocampus and the North American Cardinal. There will be more to come. I like Diaz’s approach to origami. His designs have a really good blend of complexity and accurate folding with precise reference points, but at the same time he encourages the folder to make their own changes and interpret the model in their own way. Folding sequences are logical and as you work through them you can almost see his thought processes at work when he designed the model.

I really like this design. It’s slightly playful, almost like a caricature – one of those models that just makes you smile. It is an intermediate level model, taking about an hour to fold. There are a number of steps that ask you to open up the model and sink some layers and points inside, but nothing particularly unorthodox or challenging.  The Vixen is surprisingly flexible when it comes to paper choice. Kami works well here. I have folded this out of a 30cm x 30cm (12in x 12in) square of kami coloured on one side. I wouldn’t recommend using anything smaller than 24 cm x 24 cm (9.5in x 9.5in).

Diagrams for the Vixen are in Diaz’s book Origami Essence, available from Origami Shop. This is the same book that includes instructions for folding the North American Cardinal. I will be reviewing this book in a later post. Sara Adams of has produced an excellent video explaining how to fold this model. Like all of Adams’s videos, it was created with the permission of the designer, so I am happy to endorse her video here. Click here for Sara’s instruction video on the Vixen.

It really is an excellent model and I would encourage everyone to give it a go.

Difficulty: intermediate
Time to fold: About an hour
Paper choice: Kami, coloured on one side. Min 24cm x 24cm