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Dress Diagrams & Dollar Devil

The initial steps of this are a pain.  Reference points carefully. 

1.  Fold in half lengthwise.db1

2. Mountain fold as indicated.  The second pic shows the reference points on the dollar bill.


3.  Look at pic.  Line up the right side and make mirror folds.  Do it on the other side.


4.  You are making a valley fold that is the diameter of the circle.  Use reference points for alignment.  I’ve also drawn the line for reference. 


5.  This is sort of similar to creating a waterbomb base.  The trick is some of the paper in the center overlaps and has to goto one side or another.  I highly recommend referencing the pictures for this step.


6.  Flip over. and valley fold betwee the two vertices.  The crease line is drawn on the bill.


7.  Flip over.  You are folding the vertical lengths to the center crease (folding quarters).  It should start resembling a dress/robe.


8. The tips that are sticking out above the shoulders are mountain folded to match the edge behind it.


9.  The arms are mountain folded on the line that between the white and green on the bill.


10.  This section is to taste.  I mountain fold the bill and then valley fold.  Reference pictures.


11.  Flip over.

12.  This makes the waist.  I recommend looking at the photos and trying to repeat.


13.  Flip over.  The tips by the hips need to be mountain folded to soften them.


14.  If you want you can end here. 

15.  To add detail fold back the edges of the dress.  See pic.


16.  To shorten dress  pleat internally to taste.  You can fold the tips at a 45 degree angle for more detail.


Dollar Devil

Dollar Devil TWo

Spinal Reconstruction + Dollar Bill Dresses

When in Vancouver I made a grey tessellation that was a bit of a sampler.  When I got home I played a bit more and loved the vertebral effect that I got.  I’ve been wanting to do a spinal piece since then.  Easier said then done.  This piece has a different orientation on the creasing than normal.  It took me forever to precrease what should have been 125ths vertically.  Unfortunately the different gridding method didn’t work and I had to cut off a substantial part as my grid was so off as to be unusable.  Then I finally started creating the piece and it is not working out.  What I have is what it is.  So I am finished with the concept for the time being, because my frustration level is at code orange. 


On a different note I came up with a dollar bill dress and a minor varient.  If I find out they don’t exist out in the origami world I will work on diagramming them.  There is one reference point that came from another fold that I am trying to find a shorcut to.  If you recognize this please give me a heads up with appropriate links and designers.

Tangential to Origami-Sites to Browse  This is Digital Origami a site that is mostly conceptual architectural design.  It has a lot of nifty ideas and eye candy.

 I found the above site at . It is written by Michelle Linden an Architect from Seattle.  It has a lot of great finds and links.  This is a design blog and the aesthetic makes me think of Dwell magazine.  She is doing a great job.  Architecture firms entry that has a very interesting desing concept.  A company that focuses on laser cutting flat metal sheets to create stuff.  This shows students of an architectural professor from Kuwait creating origamic-architecture pieces.  I especially like the landmarks.

 Pictures taken of the Festival of Origami Architecture at the National Building Museum.  These show a young girl who attended and a large variety of origami architecture and pictures of a huge crane being made.  There are also photographs of huge origami-architecture pieces made in sequence.

 Depending on construction it may be pushing it to call it origami, but I LOVE IT.  The geometry is very cool.


Website Assignment

Website Assignment:


Individual Work.  Each person will create a website that reviews the topics covered each week.  Two groups who maintained their sites will be allowed to continue with their personal blog.


Goto to create a new site.


The topics will be covered each week, and you need to make an entry per topic

This week you need to have the following explained in your own words on the website…


  • Independent events
  • Dependent events
  • Probability of independent and dependent events
  • P(A or B)


For homework you must write two entries that explains two of the following…


  • How to make a pie chart
  • How to make a bar graph
  • How to make a histogram
  • What is an Ogive and how you make one
  • What a scatterplot is and how to make one

No I havn’t forsaken tessellations

To those who have sent e-mails asking if I’ve given up on tessellations…

No I havn’t.  Ignoring the whole lacking in free time issue, I have been playing, with a few exceptions, with other things because for the last few months precreasing paper is hard.  The top of my forearm has fairly intense discomfort when I precrease for any length of time and has taken to being warmer than the surrounding area.  This has led to me only precreasing for short 5 minute periods.  Unfortunately I am working on precreasing several pieces that range from 96ths to 128ths and that means that it will take me longer to put out pieces (for as long as my forearm is cranky.)  Dollar bills are easy and take very little overall creasing and it is an amusing diversion at the moment, or temporary obsession if you will.

With that here’s another dollar bill modular (I think of it as a Celtic Cross) along with a deconstructed piece(Goran pleating).  Though diagrams will take me awhile this is not as easy as the other pieces.


Dollar Bill Butterfly Ring

Same old spiel…creative commons, if you’ve seen it before drop a line and I’ll put information and links in…


 Butterfly is big-this is origami bling and would engulf a childs hand, granted my fingers are stubby little nubs, but that said tis a large butterfly not a diminuitive winged ring thing.

 1.  Fold bill in half lengthwise.

2.  Bisect right angles and unfold as indicated in pictures two and three.


3. I flipped the dollar over and then created two vertical creases using the point of intersection from the two previous creases.  Undo and then flip and make two waterbomb bases on each end.


4.  Fold the bottom up approximately 1/3 vertically and then fold the top down.


5.  Flip over the “arrow” and then you are valley folding a vertical crease.  I line it up with the curve, allowing that to represent the body.  The bigger the tip you fold over the smaller the ring.


6.  Open sink the tip.


7.  Wrap the bill around(refer to picture) and you are  going to put the tip into the open sunk tip.  If you can make it match up as you slide it in it will be stronger.


8.  To form wings I pinch a little paper horizontally and fold down.  I then fold the little tip where they meet inside (this is a common fold in butterfly wings I think)


9.  Flip the bottom of the wing tips.


Movement and Beauty Captured

Yoshi is a young artist from Venezuala who will, hopefully, soon be visiting the U.S..  The scope of his works are unbelievable to those in and out of the tesselating community.  He captures movement and one’s attention with large scale pieces that hang midair.  They resemble a thrown sheet that has momentarily frozen and taken on the geometric form of perfection.  Geometric precision in corrugations is difficult even in smaller works.  The scale of his pieces is staggering and joyous.  His choices for photographing his pieces also show artistic vision.  They are not static, but costume, prop, and art similtaneously.  The bottom picture “White Snake” makes me think that a whole ballet should be made with Yoshi’s art as the theme (Rudolf Nureyev comes to mind when I see some of his body photos, I don’t know why).  I think this artist has a distinct vision that is unique and compelling, I am looking forward to seeing his work develop and I hope eventually to see it in person. 

Here’s the link to his flickr photo set.

Dollar Bill Flower Module Diagrams

These are pictoral instructions.  They are not 100%, but they are what I’ve cobbled together for the moment.  You will need three or four dollars.  I don’t recommend hell or heaven money as they don’t hold all that well.

 1:  Fold the bill in half lengthwise and fold the corners down as indicated in the picture.


2:  You will unfold the corner tips and use them as a reference line to fold the edge to.  Refer to picture.


3:  Fold the edge back down and repeat on the other side. Refer to second picture (the dollar bill bustier:))


 5:  Fold down the back triangles to match the front.


6:  Fold in half. 


7:  Mountain fold along the existing paper edge.  The pic on the right is what the unit looks like when you’ve opened the petal up.


8: You will need three or four completed units.


9:  You slide the tab into the pocket and keep doing that all the way around.


10:  Put finger in each petal and open it up.  The more dollars the thinner the petal is.  The picture below is with four units.