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Terrific Blog- Dear Ada and Old Tessellations/Pieces

I came across an amazing blog that has a ton of great posts on design, architecture, and artists. It isn’t strictly origami, but it has things that have some relationships to the art. I’m also not hung up on it being about origami, but on having posts/links about subjects I find interesting and this blog doesn’t fail. Check out .

This is an artist that does marvelous stuff with wire, not Polly though I adore her work. .  So much design and art and so little time.


Unrelated…. I have decided to go to Granada, Spain this summer to see the Alhambra and architecture.  I would love to hear any suggestions for things to do besides the obvious places.  Also if anyone is around there and interested in meeting up to fold I would love to meet.  I am currently planning on going in early July.


So as some have noted photography isn’t my forte or for that matter puntuality.  Some of these I’ve never posted and some I killed pics by accident so here is a bit of older stuff since I certainly havn’t been creating anything new that’s interesting.  While cleaning out some old boxes I found a bunch of my old boxes from before I was tessellating.  I am cleaning them off and in some cases going to redo and post (more for my limited memory than anything else)  The “Saffron in Curves” was when I was playing with non linear g. pleats.  The black landscape from San Fran a test and the red bowl is just a pic redo since the early pics were horrible.

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SOFA, San Francisco, and a bunny

Two fascinating weekends and a bunny in a row. Last weekend I was in San Francisco at a lovely event with lovely hosts who were fabulous. I thank everyone involved because you did an amazing job. SF was rainy, but I really enjoyed the Ferry building, a retrofitted building that now has trendy shops and some great foods and treats. The view was breathtaking and calming. Berkley had houses that embodied great craftmanship and farther north the landscape significantly changed and was its own type of wonderful. Pics here page currently.

This weekend I went to SOFA (Sculptural Objects and Fine Arts) at Navy Pier in Chicago. SOFA began with a look into the mind of Bubacco. A genius at glass he created a vision based on eternal damnation and it was ethereal and overwhelming. I was having processing issues I was so excited I was shaking like an overstimulated child at Christmas. It was a rather last minute decision to go and I found it beyond belief (as were the price tags that accompanied many of these pieces of art, including a glass one for $140,000.) Focusing on origami and the designs in that vein or inspirational in that vein tended to be fiber or wood art. There were two panels that were irregularly corrugated and a host of wooden vessels that made me think of a lot of the origami bowl design that is floating out there.

Many wood designs were organic with a notable exception which I’ve posted last. Definitely not organic, but perfect geometric nirvana. I’ll take two when my trust fund comes around or I hit the lotto000_1035



For origami art on a monumental scale one must turn to Kevin Box. An artist out of the Southwest he was there and graciously explained his design philosophy. He creates origami pieces and then casts them in metal. Appropriately placed in front of the window were you can view Lake Michigan was a 15? foot metal origami sailboat supported by “wooden” oars that brought it up to its height. He had near life sized origami horses and origami “sofas.” I have to say that the large origami horse was my favorite. His work and philosophy can be viewed at

One of my favorite artists is Nishimura, first introduced to a lot of people on flickr by Ray Schamp. Nishimura creates these circles of movement and energy with precision that is hard to fathom. To my great pleasure I realized that she has changed from strictly straight line designs to creating her circles with curves. I greatly admire her work and running at $1,200-$4,900 at the show she had some of the most least expensive art I saw, but some of my favorite.



On a much more trivial note at dinner at KowKow a restaurant in Chicago that has the most tasty, crisp, and fresh eggrolls available a dollar bill bunny visited. As with all my designs if you have seen it before please state the source and a link with a picture if possible so I can link to it. Redundancy happens. This design is not exceptionally strict so I think that all proportions of money should work. Not exceptionally great from the front, but it is easier than a large percentage of my designs.



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.


It’s Not Just Paper Anymore

I realize the title is misleading-origami has been more than paper for a long time, from Palmer’s silk tessellations to the utilization of tyvec for wallets.  The fashion industry, as well as architects and designers,  has increasingly been finding inspiration in origami.  Many things are only now coming to fruition/production.

Curtains that would have been at home at PCOC by Hannah Allijn, take a tessellating foundation and use it for a functional and delightful  purpose. 

Origami is structure and form, and those who are students of the craft and art are architects of structure.  The ability to find collapses, constrained or otherwise, gives us the chance to test structural constraints and give aesthetic consideration at the same time.  This rapidly evolving consciousness is wonderful as it has the potential to open up another approach to design.  The trip to Vancouver I just returned from really made me think about the changing view of origami, while I can’t afford the vast majority of these designs it is wonderful to see how widespread they are. 

Two websites that are good at finding origami trends are listed below.

 Design*Sponge: hannah allijn - curtains - home decor - blogs Stylehive BM 146297 from


Origami Ingenuity May Save Lives

Eric Green, a medical student at Stanford, created an asthma inhaler spacer that costs (currently) $0.15 to make, opposed to the current $50 price tag in the U.S..  Taking a class, “Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability,” he created the spacer from paperboard that is designed to be assembled in four folds.  This link sends you to a blog that has an interview and more information.  I applaud innovation and this definately qualifies.  Accessibility to medicine means it needs to be affordable.  Asthma attacks can result in death and sometimes an immediate inhaler is your only hope.

The Eternal Corrugation

This is a link to a technical paper about creating corrugations on a long sheet of material.  It references Lang and Hull in it’s Bibliography, along with a lot of people I don’t know.  It has a bit of everything; pictures, math, and diagrams.

Flexible Honeycomb Seating Structure

Eric posted a vid link recently that showed an expandable bench that was quite interesting.  Using Kraft paper and a lot of corrugating Molo has a great line of seating that folds to practically nothing and is sturdy.  I am in love with the idea and these look much more comfortable than the earlier bench.  They also have a textile wall that I suspect might intrigue the flickr corrugators.


Pdf with extensive product descriptions and codes.  Interesting to read the descriptions.

Free Origami Furniture PDFs


This website has a link to free pdfs to make this furniture yourself.  All you need to furbish the well folded home.  As I am interested in buying a home, my mind focuses on such things.  Inhabit’s website makes me think of Dwell Magazine, their focus is on sustainable architecture and design.  They have nifty links to prefab dwellings and I am a big fan of do-it-yourself projects.  Great site to check out.

I am also fascinated, because an area of interest of mine is 3-d tessellations and the inherent structural stability and strength in given collapses.

Circles anyone?

I found this interesting as I have played a lot with circles lately.  I also like slide three and the origami robe.   As I am house hunting my mind focuses on origami with a practical bent.  A lot of designers/inventors have been finding that with lasers and new technological developments origami has a ton of real world applications.  Dwell magazine regularly has tessellated goodness and architecturally fascinating buildings.  Melisande kindly emailed a link so I’ve included it.

Cardboard House of the Future

This is an interesting design.

 I like the fact that they show the plans, a working model, and it’s for sale (albeit out of my price range.)  One thing they don’t go into is how waterproof this cardboard house is.  The glass house is also interesting although it isn’t in current production.

 What about a sliceform house?  You could work in glass, wood, cardboard, ect…  I can imagine some large scale sliceforms making a dramatic home.