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Sine Waves and Twisty Headaches

So for some stuff for Singapore I’ve been playing with Sine Curves and this is some of the stuff that are outshoots of that.  So the paper I was working on was on rotation and compression limitation of curved corrugations and these are the tests.  Eventually I will do a post on the results, but there is still a ton to do.

Where they rotate through has a big difference on the degrees of rotation.  I call it spine one and spine two.  Spine two goes through the maximum of a spine curve and can be rotated a lot more.  The corrugation below is using spine two.

It’s really hard to see but this had some great textural and rotational properties that got me all excited, that and I wanted a choker and matching bracelet out of copper.

Book Review: Paper Illusions: The Art of Isabelle De Borchgrave

Paper Illusions: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

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.



Gothic Cuffs

So I’ve been playing with the idea of tessellated jewelry for awhile.  These are my first tests.  Currently held together by the natural occuring pleats.  I am contemplating different attachments currently.  Basic tess design on left (refer to Eric’s website for pattern for a pattern) and slightly modified 3d pattern on right.


 Old box I found that wasn’t damaged from move.  I havn’t posted it yet because I was initially planning to diagram(then lost the box).  Uses a basic tess that Fuse also uses (thanks for the info Ray) for the side decoration.

The other thing I made like this is a bookmark. 
It uses the same type of collapse and is the perfect size for a corner bookmark when made out of 6 inch squares.  The abbreviated pictoral diagrams are below.
1.  Fold in half diagonally both ways.
2.  Fold in half (side to side both ways)
3.  Leave it folded and fold over as shown, crease lightly as this is a reference mark.  Let go and fold the other direction. 
4.  Accordian pleat into 8ths.  The wide side is the open side.
5.  Undo and open.  You will now be inside reverse folding the pleats internally starting with the 2nd eighth.
6.  Lay the paper on the side and squash the triangles as indicated.
7.  When finished refold on the other crease lines and fold in the tips. 
8.  Press flat and put over page and you’re done.