Tato Belle (design by Belle Fernandez)

This model was a favorite from the CenterFold Convention 2014 and I was anxious to try it again.  I was not able to attend the formal class. However, I was taught the model informally, by Belle Fernandez (the designer) and when she was called away to learn to fold a frog (or maybe it was a duck), Mitch Gross stepped in and finished the instruction.  As soon as we finished one, I quickly remarked, "Can we make another?," and he obliged.  Mitch was a great teacher.  He would often say things like, "and we do this because...?". "Knowing why we perform a step, helps us remember that step," he remarked.

This model was originally named Tato Bowl, but at another convention Belle was convinced that it should be renamed to Tato Belle (to rhyme Taco Bell...hehe).
It is a wonderful piece, that transforms from a star into a very lovely bowl.  It is made from one hexagon, which thanks to my new templates, I no longer shy away from.  The paper is Smock gift wrap that I picked up from Hollander's on my way home from the convention.  Smock has a great selection of reversible patterned paper.  It is a bit heavier weight than your standard origami paper, but it works with models that are not too small or detailed.


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