Archive for April, 2007|Monthly archive page

Saffron dreams derailed, but the rose garden prevails

I interminably precrease 128ths only to find that Loki’s hand has been meddling in the tessellated pot.  A huge grid, but I find when I start to create the intended design my fingers are a smidge to large or my grid a smidge to small, and I, no Alice with a drink to save the day, am flumoxed.  So paper overworked and abused is reworked to this.  Not bad, but not the desired outcome.  To gift this or not to gift this is the question.


This was a design that came out as planned and I was very pleased with the paper.


For Love of Equilateral Triangles

I would love to see this in person.  It would likely mesmerize me for a significant length of time. 

I highly recomend going to to check out the highlights of a design show in Milan.  While not everything pictured is my personal style there are some pictures that I really liked and a modular divider that is interesting (although I would prefer it in black.)  To my students-Art, design, and geometry/math are not incompatible.  In fact they are inextricably linked.  Knowing more in one subject will help strengthen your abilities in the other.

Mini Labrynth Tutorial

I have been asked to diagram the Labrynth and while I don’t mind posting diagrams for my work, crease patterns don’t really work on my designs as there are direction and angle of paper to be considered.  This caused me some problems as the process I used to do it was progressive, peculiar, and photographed with problems.  In the process I found that you can modify a “template” to create the same effect.  This will be a mini-tutorial.  It isn’t to scale, but you want to start out with a minimum of 32nds- equilateral triangles (I started with 64ths).  It doesn’t matter if you use a square, rectangle, hexagon, etc…  A certain level of folding is necessary.  The end result will be very similar if not exact.

  1. Use Eric Gjerde’s spread hex pdf, but use a twist in in the center (see picture). 
  2. Then make sure each layer shifts in direction.  The inner petals are clockwise and the next counterclockwise.  This pattern continues, ever expanding.
  3. Push in sections as shown in the picture. 
  4. Change which sections you push in for each layer.
  5. Continue as long as you want.  You can see my little tess with 16ths vertically is barely enough to show the pattern.


Remember as usual everything is c.c., that includes Eric’s pdf.

Labrynth and Snowstorm Tessellations