Hi , I’m Gabriel Vong from Hong Kong. Welcome to Gabriel Vong’s Ori-Scope . [ previously also known as - Origami Kaleidoscope ]

            It’s been almost eight years since the first launch of this web page , during which several major updates have been made. I only came across modern origami about ten years ago. Before that , I had little knowledge about origami. Even to date , among those multifarious hobbies of mine , I still have to confess that origami is not considered to be in a primary position , though I did have some passions for it in the past. What I like most is listening to music , especially classical music . Sometimes , playing violin is also one of my favourite pastimes. But , I’m just an amateur only , just like what I’ve been doing in origami. Nevertheless , I did make considerable progress through the accumulated experience in preparing each update , though in fact I seldom do origami except during the time working for the update .

           Unlike those people who take origami as a lifelong hobby , I find my passion in origami has subsided considerably during the past few years and finally , just several months ago , I decided it was time to quit , not just for my getting less and less interested in this but also for the sake of having more time to devote myself to other hobbies or to develop new hobbies .

           In order to bring a happy conclusion and a good memory to this page , I have determined to give one more major update before I quit origami. This will be the ultimate update and the previous page is completely revised to the present one. In this update , I strive to encompass as many origami models I like as possible within the reach of my capability. They include new foldings and re-foldings , ranging from simple to complex and on the other hand , they have to be qualitatively acceptable to my present standard . Owing to the fact that most of them were made within a short period time before this final revision , special attention was given only to those models which particularly interest me .

        Futhermore , all the different papers I used for the folding are ordinary papers bought from various stationery shops in the area I live , mostly paper for wrapping gifts or for arts and crafts lessons in classroom . Conceivably , some of the foldings , especially those complex ones , may look somewhat less appealing than those executed with professional origami paper ; however , using ordinary paper has the advantage of being able to offer a wide variety of colours and textures to choose from in addition to the easy availability and inexpensive price .

          Contrary to what people might think , I’m indeed a person of very limited or little patience. It explains why there are some categories of origami designs which I rarely touched because they are either too repetitive , tedious or laborious to me , namely , bouquets of flowers , individually scaled structures , insects with multiple legs and antennae , models which involve too many sinks , modulars and folding from CP etc. On the other hand , I’m not particularly interested in boxes or stars , which you may find quite a lot of in my gallery. In fact , it is just a small contribution to the environmental protection because most of them are folded from the ‘waste’ paper which is left after a big square having been cut out from a large rectangular sheet of paper. As to designing new models , well , I think the most suitable moment for me to start would be the time when I get retired some day in the future .

       Nowadays , many new origami designs are becoming increasingly complicated and stunningly detailed in structure , which I think is somewhat unnecessary. I’m not against complex origami as long as it is reasonable and worth folding. But if it goes too far , I’m afraid one day it will become an obstacle to the popularization of origami. Besides , many young people only concentrate to those fashionable new designs , while many of those good old things are largely left forgotten or neglected. In view of this , I tried my best to preserve some of these memorable models lest they be consigned to oblivion in the course of time .

           Finally , I want to dedicate this web page to my mother , from whose teaching I was able to fold the traditional flying crane at an early age of seven or earlier. I have no idea whether she was good at origami , but one thing is certain : this is the only piece of knowledge that she left to me in this world .


                             Gabriel Vong  DEC-2009

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:Chanson du Matin ( Morning Song ) / composed by Andre Gagnon


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