Geometry in Porcelain – short video

I saw this fantastic little 4:30 minute documentary on Bobby Jaber, a retired chemistry teacher who has spent the last 20 years working with porcelain to represent geometric shapes and solids. It’s beautiful artwork and well worth seeing.

It reminds me a lot of Shuzo Fujimoto, a Japanese chemistry teacher who decided to fold paper to help represent chemical structures for his students; he was one of the first origami tessellation masters, and his explorations became the basis for most of what exists in the origami tessellation world these days.

I don’t know what it is about retired chemistry teachers, but they sure seem to have a gift, don’t they?


PORCELAINIA from Dave Altizer on Vimeo.

Origami Crumpling Instructions

Here’s another instructional video, covering the simplest of the Vincent Floderer-style crumpling techniques. If you’re unaware of this style of folding, it was brought to the awareness of the global origami community via Paul Jackson, a British origamist and designer. Vincent Floderer learned this technique and really developed it to new heights, and has been focusing primarily on it for more than two decades now! I highly recommend checking out his website to see some of the amazing examples of his work.

Give this model a try and let me know how it turns out for you!


Origami Hyperbolic Paraboloid Instructions

Here’s a short video I knocked together on how to fold a hyperbolic paraboloid, which is a folding exercise from the Bauhaus school (notably from Josef Albers). I learned about this model ages ago, but the great research work of Erik and Marty Demaine clued me in to the real history behind this piece, as well as numerous other tessellated & geometrical folding patterns!

This folding method I demonstrate is a fast way of doing it, and the method I use when teaching classes as it saves a massive amount of time. I highly recommend giving this model a try!

Origami for All – new book available!

I’m happy to announce that my partner Ioana Stoian‘s new book, Origami for All: Elegant Designs from Simple Folds, has been published and is now available for purchase!

Origami for All: Elegant Designs from Simple Folds

Origami for All: Elegant Designs from Simple Folds

This book was a joint project between the two of us — Ioana developed 16 simple, elegant models, and I did all the diagramming and book layout work. I’m extremely pleased with how the finished product turned out. We published the book via our own publishing company, Busy Hands Books, and used a wonderful UK printer, Westdale Press in Cardiff, Wales. Printed the right way with offset lithography on high-quality 115gsm cream-colored Munken uncoated paper, with a dark-blue pantone 547U ink – it’s a book that feels lovely in the hands, and is a pleasure to use!

Check out some of the sample pages on the Origami for All website, along with photos of all 16 models contained within the book. My personal favorite is the Bat (although illustrating it was quite a challenge).

I’m very proud of our work on this book, and we are currently traveling around Europe going to origami conventions and bookshops doing events and demonstrations, especially here in the UK. If you are interested in having us come to your school or bookshop to do an origami workshop don’t hesitate to get in touch!