A senseless waste of trees in Sheffield

Sheffield’s trees are being needlessly felled under a secret ‘Streets Ahead’ highway renewal PFI contract, run by Amey on behalf of Sheffield City Council. What is needed is a more considered and expert-led approach to the management and guardianship of the city’s street trees, for the long-term benefit of both residents and the environment.

The Council claim felling is a ‘last resort’ and the contract includes several common, low-cost methods for repairing pavements without felling trees. However, an investigation by the Information Commissioner found that these are not being used, even though they have been paid for. Trees with many decades to live have been destroyed, ignoring the advice of SCC’s own Independent Tree-Panel and maximising Amey’s profits. 5,000+ trees have already gone and another 1,000 are at immediate risk, with a combined value of £60 million. They have recently voted to chop down some trees planted as memorials for fallen soldiers.

You can read more here https://savesheffieldtrees.org.uk/ and on Facebook. Please do what you can to complain about the issue and help those who are trying to peacefully protect these trees.

As a paper-folder, my relationship with trees is a close one and I’ve always felt that creating small works of art is a better use of paper than the countless other ways in which it is wasted. I’ve been trying to create a design that forms a kind of symbol for the issue, part of the long tradition of political iconography.

Below are JPG instructions and here’s a PDF. Feel free to use it in any way to help publicise this campaign. If I can help in any other way, please get in touch.


Butterfly feedback from Origamido

Michael LaFosse was kind enough to give permission for me to include one of his designs in my butterfly book (and it was designed specifically for me!). He writes:

Aloha Nick!

Richard and I have just received our complimentary copy of “Dinosauri in origami”. It is a wonderful collection of models, and a very handsome and generous production. We love the code scan features for printing papers and the online video links for folding lessons. Your clear diagrams are superb, as usual. Well done!

All the best,

Michael and Richard

Latest NuiNui books ;)

I’m fortunate to have a good relationship with NuiNui books. Whilst not over-generous financially (who is?), they have high standards of production and their books always look beautiful, with plenty of white “breathing space” inside and beautiful images (mostly taken by me ;) My latest editions will be on sale soon, “Butterflies” and “Dinosaurs”. Initially in French and Italian, we hope they will soon be available in my native English (along with earlier book such as “British Origami”).

IKEA gig

Had a happy session today entertaining visitors to the new Sheffield IKEA branch. It is a humongously large place with vast numbers of people wandering around. I have vowed to return with my debit card soon  ;)


Voyage to Catalonia

I’ve been invited to the APLEC didactics conference in Badalona later this month and have had to book my flight with Ryanair, due to the cost of the rival airlines. Fingers crossed the outgoing flight is not cancelled. If I’m forced to spend a few extra days there I can live with that ;)

It will be good to be there to support my Catalan friends in their struggle, but I won’t be tackling any of the riot police!

Here’s a Catalan Spider by Rikki Donachie


Nosy Cat diagrams

Working hard on my next book “Origami Cats”. I’ve just finished diagrams for Oriol Esteve’s “Nosy Cat” and Oriel is checking them over, hard work but well worth it for such a great model ;)  #kittygami