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I Fold

Aaron C (S3, OLSP High) likes to make origami creatures in his spare time. It’s a skill that takes a lot of patience and is held in high regard in Japan, it’s country of origin. There are a number of distinct things that can be made with a single piece of square paper, the most famous is probably the crane which Aaron shows above. If you’d like to make your own Origami Crane you can follow the You Tube video below:

Young Publishers

A mixture of pupils from S1 & S2 at Renfrew High today were trying out my idea for the A4 folded books. They were discovering that you don’t need fancy equipment or rich friends to get yourself self-published. All it takes it a good idea and a little bit of hard work.

Above, Allyson W works on an auto-biographical graphic novel while across the table (below) Andrew W creates the cover for his fanzine about fast cars.

Above, Jodie S works on her helpful guide on dancing called ‘Just Dance’ while next to her, Shannon R creates a tough quiz book.

It wasn’t just S1 that was getting into the publishing business, S2 were experimenting with the idea too. Below Georgia S works on her childrens’ book titled ‘Happy Fish’, the tale of a fish who tries to cheer up a sad jellyfish, while behind her Rees M works on his scary and action packed adventure ‘Alions’ (below again).

Though the ideas and the stories do not end there. Above, Christy S works on her fabulous story of the brightest star in the sky – ‘Shiner’, while opposite her (below), Hayley B is finalising her ideas for her emotional book ‘The fat little sheep’.

Last, but not least, Ross M gives the cover of his kung fu-tastic book ‘Stick Man’ a few finishing touches (below).

Can I say a big THANK YOU to Georgia, Christy and Ross for letting me keep their books. If anyone else wants to try out the idea and show me how you got on, I’d love to see or hear about the results. A4 folded books are the new black.

Night Lights

So, S4 have been working themselves to the bone trying to finish their lighting unit final solutions. All work needs to be finished for next week, most are nearly there. Below you will see some of the lights in their ‘on’ state. The pupils had to think about how the light would react and look, on and off. The light is aimed to suit an Information Room in Edinburgh Zoo, so it had to be themed as such to suit the client.


Nicole‘s light is based on a parrot. She has emense focus and skill. Usually pupils need to have input to sort many problems that arise when building three dimensional objects. Nicole has been working from her own original ideas under her own incentive. She has created a stunning ornament.


Rachel A has put a lot of work into the above piece, and it shows. Based on a snake, Rachel had to build a wire frame to form a snake body, that didn’t quite work out, so she then had to build another sturdier shell from card. She had to actually make two final pieces. The tongue is a great touch, it’s a little creepy, but the red glow adds warmth and contrast to the shell.


Michael‘s theme is easily identifiable. He has worked paper fringing into the shark’s gills. It makes them look realistic and also has a nice effect on the light that has to fight its way through the hairs. The fin gives the body an un-even keel, it helps the form look more interesting.


It’s hard to get a nice mix of primitive and modern, though I feel Hannah S has done so, but it’s not without a lot of effort, attending after school classes and giving her all. The stripes are beautifully stitched on to tissue windows. The tiger fire pattern, painstakingly hand painted. I could really see this piece in an african themed livingroom, it does have obvious themes, but it is so subtely done that it looks very classy.


Using the wolf, Konor had tried his best to make his light frightening and unapproachable. By lighting up the deep red of the mouth, the light no longer attracts people in, it repels them away. The neoprene teeth help add to the suspense of the light being dangerous. A weird and threatening shade, though it strangely works, tempting the viewer’s interest with every scared glance.