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Flower Instructions, great video instructions for Sun Dial (not mine), Centerfold Pictures, New Curvy Bits-“Merged Curves”

Flower instructions video I made.

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The flower combines some aspects of two flowers (one of which is the Lotus flower) and another I think I’ve seen and then modifies and shapes the product. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5eeJScdEQ4

Video instructions for the Sun Dial I originally posted pictoral instructions for were made and posted here http://oqueemeuenosso.blogspot.com/2010/08/origami-modular-relogio-do-sol-sun-dial.html The blog is also great to check out; it has great links and instructions.  It is very well done and I always appreciate people making instructions since mine tend to be minimalistic.  The blog were it is posted http://oqueemeuenosso.blogspot.com/ .

Centerfold-The organizers really worked hard and so many people praised the bag it wasn’t even funny.  So thanks to everyone who is willing to put in the work.  Positives-I liked the lack of ticketing, but that may just be personal preference.  The hotel let the rooms be used later than initially indicated.  The bar was great, drinkable coffee a dollar and if you wanted it with a bit of chemical happiness that was very reasonable.  The DJ in the bar was great.  They organized shuttles to the exhibit.  Negatives-Just the smells in the hotel, it was not clean the smell of stale cigarette smell was overwhelming, but I also am  hypersensitive to these things.  Indiana reststops scare me  I actually took photos in a stall just so I’d have proof of the stuff I saw etched into the stall walls and door.  So a thank you to everyone that ran it, I know it’s a boatload of work.  To the people I met-you were wonderful, keep playing around.  To everyone I should have met but didn’t, hopefully I will some you at some future time.  Shar’s presentation of some 5OSME slides reminded James and I how awesome that was.  There was a lot of 5OSME people there.  The guests were Robert Lang, Tomoko Fuse, and David Brill.  Took a cat class with David.  Missed Tomoko and Langs classes cause I can’t tell time.

Here are where the Centerfold photos start http://www.flickr.com/photos/christine42/4922078643/

Finally these are some of the curved pieces I’ve been working on.  Getting larger is an ongoing challenge of mine, as is thinking of making things decent for display instead of everything being tests and getting distracted by the next shiny idea.

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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.

Granada, Tessellations, and Other Stuff

Wormhole….Radial 12ths.

Wormhole by you.

Wormhole by you.

What I played with during siesta time in Granada.

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GRANADA, the ALHAMBRA, and LACK OF LUGGAGE/CAMERA FAILURE/SICKNESS

The trip to Spain gets a 2 while Granada gets a 10/10 and was the most amazing structure I have ever seen (it just eeks out the Eiffel Tower, although that is still another structure every human should see).  The trip itself gets a two as I didn’t have luggage for 60% of my trip and let me tell you that shopping for fat girl clothes in Granada is one of the lower rungs of hell, also camera failure and severe sickness/pain on the way home sucked.  Granada itself is a maze of tiny streets and cobblestone (in the old part of the city).  Downtown different streets had different lighted designs or chandeliers and was an explosion of activity at night, when darkness fell.  I used industrial strength sun block which was like grease paint.  Gelato shops were on every corner it seemed, and I highly  recommend pistachio or lemon.  The dried ham in the region is intensely flavorful, but is very hard to chew.  I didn’t eat out much, one meal a day, as I had breakfast at the hotel I stayed at, and skipped lunch or had fruit.  Hotel Mate Leo is a great place to stay.  I was on the fifth floor and highly enjoyed my stay.  The receptionists were all very helpful and several called and tried to help me with my luggage travails.  In fact I didn’t ask them, they volunteered.  For the price and location (dead center) I loved the place and will go back again.  I realize that July is not considered a great season to visit, but I found the heat bearable since it was a dry heat.  The piece de resistance is the Alhambra a complex that is made up of the old fortress, Nasrid Palace, and the Generalife.  The fortress is amazing and the oldest of the three, boggling the mind that it is still standing after so many years.  The Generalife had gardens that bring tears to the eyes and don’t miss the water escalator, which is stairs with cold water running down troughs on either side .  The most amazing and most visited structure is Nasrid palace.  I won’t bother to describe it in detail as I am still viklempt just thinking about it, but I will say it is patterns everywhere and every time you think they have reached the apex of human design, you go into another room that leaves you breathless and speachless.  It was humbling and worth every walk up the hill (you can take a bus, but I recommend the hill.)  It was in every aspect beautiful and compelling and I hope you have a chance to visit.

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Another Year Another Fold

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I just got back from New York.  I arrived Thursday and came back today.  I stayed with Adrienne in Brooklyn in a converted garage.  Like last year I didn’t take classes, because I taught 5 classes and figured there wouldn’t be time.  I missed seeing “Into the Fold” but did get to meet a lot of interesting folks.  Interesting talk with Ray Schamp.  Added a new face to Yaffa, Goran.  Made a “purse.”  Slept little, enjoyed my time thoroughly.  Saw more of NY than usual.  One thing that sometimes gets lost with convention goers is that we are in New York which is a fabulous city and the 4 square blocks around FIT are not where the flavor is.  Harassed a bunch of people smarter than me about curvature and promptly “fired” them for not having the answer to my “sortoff” questions, although they both suggested I harass Erik Demaine which I will be doing as soon as I can craft an email that doesn’t make me feel slow.  My questions arn’t really concise or clear, simply put I don’t understand enough about curved rotation to understand what is going on.  

The people in my box design course did amazing and I was happy that everyone who attended my Labyrnth class understood the technique.  Ben Parker’s work has definately progressed and Joel is now working on busts along with the faces.  The form of the chest was amazing.  Seth has great work and I loved Sipho’s way of displaying models.  Goran has started pulling apart and approaching very organic nifty forms.  Ana Sofia helped me make two large models for the oversized folding challenge (Two thumbs up for Sok) and disappeared before I could say my goodbyes.  Joseph’s perfect piggy “Cleofis” has a lovely spot on my shelf (gracias oh Master JoWu;P.)  Michael was the most adorable child ever.  Brian Chan is still making amazing models and Alexander Soukas had lovely tessellations.  Daniel Kwan is probably the most precise folder ever and has little crease elves helping him.  Philip and Christiane were my first picture in NY and it was of their feet!  

Shoe Love by you.

We took a terrific three hour boat tour on Tuesday, thanks Eric (for everything).  A big thanks to Adrienne for her couch and her roommates tolerance of a squatter.

Adrienne and me 

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Ben Parker looking somber on boat
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My temporary bedroom and the plexiglass bridge
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The happy Wu

Bemused Wu by you.

Goran, Bernie, Joel

Goran

Bernie Peyton

Joel Cooper

Christianne, PCB, Tomohiro

Christiane

PCB

Tomohiro

Ape challenge, Sipho, Ben

Ape challenge.  I adore the pointing laughing monnkey

Sipho

Ben Parker

Oversized folding challenge (Photo also known as “Shri’s Bum”) Ray Schamp

Big folds and Shri's but

Ray Schamp

My exhibit (the blue thing is the curvy thing I wanted to ask questions about)

Me by you.

There were a bunch of things I sadly didn’t get photos of as I was rushing to do this before heading off to teach, so for the pictures I missed sorry and for everyone I had great conversations with thanks.

More photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/christine42/

The photos are tagged “ousa 2009”

See you next year (maybe)

Thanks,

Christine

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.

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Older Origami Tessellation Tests and Modifications of a Curved Corrugation

 

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.

Degrees of Freedom in Blue by you.

Degrees of Freedom in Blue by you.

 

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.

Origami Tessellation /Corrugation-Blue Diving

 

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.

Structural Exploration

Daniel MacGibbon, an architecture student, has a website where he is exploring origami as an integral part of architectural design.  He has his abstract listed and has pictures of his explorations.  While not extensive I think this site is definitely worth checking out. http://designstudio5.blogspot.com  I think that the exploration of geometry in design (which has been significantly increasing) will radically change architectural design (along with structural integrity explorations), furniture design, etc…  Daniel is also on flickr under his own name.

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 http://dearada.typepad.com .

This is an artist that does marvelous stuff with wire, not Polly though I adore her work.  http://dearada.typepad.com/dear_ada/2009/03/benedetta-mori-ubaldini.html .  So much design and art and so little time.

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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.

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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.

red bowl bottom brown by you.

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Saffron in Curves by you.

Saffron in Curves by you.Saffron in Curves by you.

3D Origami Tessellation Suggestions and Other Stuff

Suggestions For Making 2d Tessellations 3d

 

  1. Take any flat tiling and see if you have free flaps of paper.  When you have free edges take the flaps push up from underneath and push into the center of the flap from the top.  Consider the flat tessellation a net for an infinite number of tessellations.
  2. This does not have to be done symmetrically, but find the pattern so you can repeat it (although randomization can be interesting and is a good thing to play with).
  3. If you have successive layers then push the paper in or out in varying areas of the free flaps to get a wide variety of different designs.
  4. To create variation make the pleat depth vary.  Instead of folding one layer over fold two.  It gives you more potential collapses and variations.
  5. If you have done Eric Gjerde’s spread hex I have a variation you can fold on this site.  Just look for the Labyrinth tutorial.  Take any you have made and start playing with variation on with and 3 dimensionality.  
  6. Another technique is to layer grids.  First create a tessellation and then overlay another as if the grid was untouched.  Generally this gives you extra paper that is constrained that you can play with.

 

The following two pics show the consequences of successive layering of pushing free edges in and out.  The flat tessellation is first

Layered Pleating by you.

From above

Layered Pleating 3ded by you.

From Underneath

Layered Pleating 3ded by you.

 

Other Stuff

E-mails about predecessors

I always appreciate information about designs and overlaps that people send me.  Sometimes I see the connection and at times I do not (as I once received an email with only an attachment of a crane in regards to a tessellation), but it is always interesting to see connections and I always try to post links/info (although sometimes a bit slow).  

Deb Pun Discoe sent me an email “…your heart lock reminded me of Alfredo Giunta’s “Angel” as published  in an out-of-print “Origami : 30 fold-by-fold projects” compiled by Paulo Mulatinho”

Karen Reed also sent me an e-mail about a potential forerunner to the takeout container “I was just looking at the Florence Temko collection, mounted by Diana Lee’s Origami Resource Center website, and noticed this model:“Desktop Basket by Florence Temko Variation of a traditional model”  You can view the picture gallery here http://www.origami-resource-center.com/Temko-B.html .

Thanks to both ladies for the information.

Slightly funny (at least to me) variant of a Valentine’s day bowl.  “Cough Up Your Heart”

Trying to make faces from pleats has been interesting.  This was playing with a heart bowl I made.  Only tried to make a nose and hint at a chin.  The chin I took away because it didn’t work.

Coughing Up Hearts by you.