Editor’s Note: This Christmas tree designed by Mark Bolitho is a lovely, simple model that’s hard to stop folding. As I worked on 30-something copies of the tree for my December artist trading card, I decided I would try to obtain permission to republish the design in The Fold.
Mark Bolitho died in November. I met him at the Oxford British Origami convention in 2018, and I sensed immediately that this talented and prolific designer was a kind, warm, unassuming person. I am reprinting these offbeat cartoon diagrams by Paul Hanson in Mark’s honor.
Paul agreed that publishing the diagrams in The Fold would be a fitting tribute to Mark, who taught the model every year at London Origami meetings. The diagrams were originally published in December 2018 in the British Origami magazine, number 313.
I’ve been folding the trees from 50 mm paper, which yields a 58 mm tree. Any duo paper should work, but you might not want to go too large.