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Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:32 pm
by Nick
Miguel de Unamuno
(born Sept. 29, 1864, Bilbao, Spain — died Dec. 31, 1936, Salamanca)

Spanish writer and philosopher. He was the first to take the European paperfolding tradition as a serious scientific matter. He invented some advanced models for his time and published many texts in reference to this art, the most famous of which is the 'Tratado de Cocotologia' (1902)

Re: Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:11 pm
by jtbm71
Here there are some imformation about Unamuno (both in Spanish):

From the Spanish society, AEP:

Transcription of a 1932 magazine:
http://migueldeunamuno.gipuzkoakultura. ... _papel.php

Jose Tomas Buitrago

Re: Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 4:42 pm
by JGimeno
The University of Salamanca is digitizing funds the Casa-Museo de Unamuno and free access to them.
Like origami enthusiasts may interest these links (you have to press to open the pdf):
# Historia de unas pajaritas ("Story of a pajaritas"), Bilbao, Bilbao (Spain), August 5, 12 and 19,1888:
# Por una pajarita ("For a pajarita") Caras y Caretas, Buenos Aires (Argentina), March 1, 1902:

Re: Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:01 pm
by JGimeno
Besides the aforementioned links Unamuno, the Casa Museo de Unamuno is digitizing drawings by the philosopher, regarding him photographs and letters received from America.
Here are some of them:
Felisa Unamuno photographed in front of a table with folding paper figures:
Detail of the box with folded paper figures:
Photograph of the Unamuno's portrait by Zuloaga in the Hispanic Society of New York:
Emilio González Vera' Letter from Buenos Aires to Unamuno (09/nov/1934)
Some exhibitions held in Salamanca and La Coruña has made some figures and new drawings sight on Miguel de Unamuno origami:

Re: Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:48 pm
by Nick
great photos Juan - thanks for sharing...

Re: Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:43 pm
by Joan Sallas
Which feeling Miguel de Unamuno!
With his thinking about the folding lines, he can be considered a pioneer of the folding symbols before Akira Yoshizawa
Here the transcription of Unamunos spanish hand wrotten notes about "Method of drawing" and a translation into english.
Thanks Juan Gimeno again to share this documents


Método de dibujo

Animales esquemáticos [picture] etc...
Mejor pájaras
[picture] dibujo lineal y de figura
á la vez, perspectiva, en todas posturas. Prensa-
do la en tierra con todo el rabo, abierto
[picture] de frente etc Luego sombras. A don-
de va cada linea. Luego el otro
[2 pictures]
Con punteados las líneas de dentro.
La mesa, la rana etc
Construcciones con piedras y dibujarlas.
Primero en todas posturas una pájara con el ambiente
El grupo. Una pájara y luego dibujar otra detrás
ó delante, sabiendo colocarlas respectivamente, perfil
[picture], después las dos á la vez, etc
[2 pictures]

Method of drawing

Animals schematic [picture] etc
Best birds
[picture] line drawing and figure
at once, perspective, in all positions. Pressing
it the ground with all his tail, open
[picture] facing etc. Then shadows. Where
each line is going. Then the other
[2 pictures]
With dotted lines inside.
The table, the frog etc.
Stones and draw constructions.
First a bird in all positions with the environment
The group. A bird and then draw another behind
or before, placing knowing respectively, profile
[picture], then both at once, etc
[2 pictures]

Re: Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:11 pm
by JGimeno
If you want to know the princeps edition of Miguel de Unamuno's book "Amor y pedagogía" (Love and Pedagogy), 1902 and your "Apuntes para un tratado de cocotología" (Notes for a treaty of cocotology), -in Spanish, of course-, I leave this link.

Re: Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 8:08 pm
by Michel G
Photos from 1932 (the two last with "pajaritas" !)

Source :

Re: Miguel de Unamuno

PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 8:29 pm
by Michel G
The previous photos come (probably) from the following magazine