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Rapid Folding

Creating some background footage for a video presentation at an upcoming event- here’s two of the test clips, showing the folding of two different projects at 20x speed. I’m particularly fascinated by the sounds of all the paper crinkling and creasing at high speed, it’s an odd sound and very interesting.

Holland Paper Biennale 2012

I am participating as one of the artists in the Holland Paper Biennale 2012, at the Museum Rijswijk in the Hague, Netherlands. It opens September 4th and runs until November 25th. I’m very excited to be a part of this exhibition; it’s my first show that’s focused on paper arts at large, and not specifically [...]

Ron Resch’s Paper and Stick Video

The Ron Resch Paper and Stick Film from Sheet on Vimeo. It is with some reluctance that I point at this video — not because I imagine it is sinful to do so, but because I have seen this film surface on the Internet before and the act of looking at it somehow makes it [...]

Exhibition piece in progress

I’ve been working on this piece for the last month or so; it’s a huge version of my Dragon Helix design. I first started folding this pattern years ago, creating a 6 meter long strip of folded paper for it. Sadly it was from Tyvek, which turned out to be too soft to fold properly, [...]

Gesso piece

  Recently, we’ve been experimenting with traditional gesso – made from rabbit-skin glue and chalk, applied in many thin layers to prepare surfaces for painting. On a whim, my partner Ioana applied it to a test piece I folded from some heavy cardstock. After about 10 layers, it is now one heavy solid piece of [...]

The Brazier

I’m not entirely sure why I find this model compelling. The proportions are pleasing and it reminds me of Philip Shen, the way it suddenly locks together at the end. I would call it simple, but it is manifestly not. The lines are simple. The pre-folding is persnickety — fussy, if you will — and [...]

The One-Cut Nonagon and the Nine-Pointed Twist Star

Went to the New York City Convention, last week, and it was fun, as it always is, but as always, I feel a sense of not having explained myself sufficiently. I taught a couple of classes, both on twist folds, and it is too easy to forget that the language used to describe objects with [...]

Vespertilio – corrugated paper bat

My partner Ioana Stoian recently created this wonderful model of a bat, using origami corrugations – her first origami design! I’m very pleased with this model and helped her to create a simple set of diagrams and a crease pattern, which you can download via her site: http://www.ioanastoian.com/2012/pleated-paper-bat/ You can see it also folds flat [...]

Polish convention diagrams

I was the guest at the Polish Origami convention a few weeks ago, and I had a fantastic time in Kraków! I heartily recommend to anyone that they should attend this convention; the organizers Krystyna and Wojtek Burczyk did an amazing job putting together a very pleasant origami meeting. Kraków is a beautiful and delightful [...]

MAY I Show You Some Paper Flowers?!

Celebrate spring and the beginning of May, the traditional way, by making a paper flower bouquet to give to someone you love! Mine are being delivered by a wonderful letterpress insects, with obvious good manners. I took my most mini (5/16") paper flower punch and popped out several layers from a mixture of papers, even some doublette crepe scraps. Show More Summary

a return to old times

I folded this hexakaidecagon from a plain sheet of 15cm kami, like I used to do back when I started folding origami tessellations. It’s challenging paper to fold, as making 32 creases through the center point leads to a lot of paper turning to mush! Rather than folding a big twist, I twirled the excess [...]

Rebecca Gieseking

I’ve been very interested in this work from artist Rebecca Giesieking, particularly this latest piece, “Spiral Bowl”. Explorations of curved folds and organic structures are quite exciting to see. I look forward to her next work! -Eric   Spiral Bowl   Lidded Bowl Experiment with Diagonal Gores Octagonal Experiment Bowl

some recent photographs

Here are some items which I have photographed over the last few days. An old design of mine, folded from a sheet of my bio-paper. the diagram for this work is available in this PDF. A Voronoi tessellation, folded from random points. Generated with pen drops to create the initial state. The reverse of my [...]

Protein Folding

I went to a talk last week on protein folding, given by one of the College’s chemistry profs. I was delighted to find that there is a mechanism for correcting folding sequences that go wrong. Any folder will recognize this situation immediately: you get almost to the end and see flaps sticking out in all [...]

Ten-Sided Yin-Yang Globe

This is a ten-sided yin-yang globe, a modular kirigami model I designed for a friend to use in a gift exchange for the 10th Gathering for Gardner. Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games section in Scientific American magazine for many years and had a big influence on a lot of folks, paperfolders not excepted. My [...]

Equine Sculpture Exhibition

I'm writing this post on the occasion of the huge equestrian trade fair going on this weekend in Birmingham, the UK. I have a few Horse-Heads on display there, very much like these: "Horse Heads", by Saadya. Each is made from a single uncut rectangle of Canson watercolor paper, pre-inked on one side and folded while wet. Show More Summary

Moorish Stars Crease Pattern

I’ve had this pattern in my head for a long time now, and only recently was I able to realize it in a way that was satisfactory to me. It uses a combination of the hinged-pleat flagstone style and the traditional straight-pleat style that origami folders are used to. It’s based on a traditional Islamic [...]

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