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Made an instructable for one of the containers
So I reverse engineered a box for a friend that has the origins listed as a Japanese Anemone box that Christiane recognized as similar to a Fujimoto box. They are all variations on a theme. So I decided to play with curvature on these boxes and the results are below along with nondirectional crease patterns. What was so interesting is that a slight change with where the curvature is makes a large difference in the end product. So everything is creative commons on this site as always. Hope you enjoy. If you would like the viacad or adobe illustrator files email me and I can send them so you can tweak the design yourself. Remember playing with a design is half the fun.
This particular design is reminiscent of the collapsible lids. I also employed these nibs in a box I did awhile back.
1. First fold the dollar bill lengthwise with a mountain fold using the top and bottom of the one as a guide.
2. Fold over between one to two mm to the outside. This is to taste.
3. Mountain fold in half.
4. First orient the dollar bill like below. Take the crease and fold up to the inner part of the O.
5. Mountain fold so you are folding across the semicircle.
6. Fold the semicircle up to about the tip of the pyramid.
7.On an angle fold back the bottom edge of the bustier. The top part of the skirt angles because of a spreas squash. I recommend looking ahead to the next few steps first.
8. View from the back. Do the same symmetrically to the other side.
9. Back View-flip over.
10. Front view.
11. Fold down so there is about as much white as color.
12. Fold back up so the white is the bustier edge detail
13. Mountain fold edges on either side to shape bustier
14. Pull the center flap down
15. Flatten symmetrically as shown.
16. Shape edge of lower skirt on both sides symmetrically
17. Fold the bottom up to taste. In the back fold over the edges that are sticking out and tuck under the pleat at the waist. Pull apart the creases at the bottom to give 3 dimensionality to the bottom. It will not necessarily lie flat.
18. Now I push the pleat apart where the bust should be to make the bustier 3d. You are expanding the pleat only at the tip of the breast and then flattening the new creases. You can see the side view.
19. The last step is to push down the centerbar so that the bustier is more 3d and you only see the white band. Then you are done. Shape till happy.
So to be blunt this is a very expensive book, 75 dollars to be precise, although you can now get it on amazon for $44. Even with a discount it is a heavy hitter for price. The fact is it is quite fascinating. As someone who is fascinated with both costume design (I started out as a theater major, worked in the costume department of a theater and have been a dresser for shows) and tessellations/corrugations this book scratches both itches.
Isabelle is a Belgian artist whose work is immaculately detailed. It is not strictly origami, but is a glorious fusion of paper, paint, thread, and the human imagination. Her work is detailed recreations of historical garments; she makes “silk” hankerchiefs out of paper, she paints the paper until it, as an alchemist’s dream, becomes sumptuous cloth. The wigs are folded freehand it appears, and her pleated Silk Fortuny ‘Delphos’ dress with veil and gold leaf necklace is a masterpiece (plate 49). To most folders her bracelet (plate 46) will be very familiar. My personal favorite is plate 29 which is a tunic decorated with hand painted flowers, from and allegorical figure from the painting Primavera by Botticelli. It is art as clothing as paper, my head spins with its fabulosity… I recommend checking out this artist’s work. It is a surreal collection of beauty and astounding attention to detail. The pics below are from the traveling exhibit that has been shown all across Europe.
As I never leave anything well enough alone I’ve been playing with a prior test. “Degrees of Freedom” is testing the rotational capacity of a curved corrugation. I’m trying to think of an easy way to create an automata to create the nifty curves that can arise when playing with this. Below the blue piece is an assortment of stuff that peaked my interest, but never got beyond that. Tests are everywhere, finished pieces rare.
The one I most want to play with is the yellow design. It was interesting how it collapsed. The orange piece I liked, it stems from a series of layers I explored in the hexagonal world, but sadly ignored in the square based world. The main reason I never continued was the number of iterations I would have to do. The rectangle tess is interesting, because it is very simple. It is a modification of a basic hex twist.
Playing around lately, a little slow at doing things. Non uniform deformation and intentional partial crumpling. Wicked strong. I stood on it with my foot and it didn’t crush. The tighter the compression the stronger the structure.