Monthly Archives: January 2006



Red Algorithm.

Sometimes you find the most interesting things via your referrer links- I found the artwork of Roger Knox, who has some very interesting abstract art!

I particularly like this one, as it reminds me of particle trails from a supercollider (physics: my first love!)

some very organic, chaotic, and unique works. Glad to stumble across your site this morning, Roger!

And of course he lives in the City by the Bay, the Jewel of the west coast- San Francisco. I need a good excuse to move there. I’m open for suggestions. anyone?

( tessellation by Thomas Hull

( tessellation

Originally uploaded by tomster0.

So on my daily early morning reading, I found this post on Tom Hull’s LiveJournal site.

He created a flickr account (tomster0) and uploaded a nice little pile of his old tessellations, as well as crease patterns for many of them.

“Oh Frabjous Joy!” was the first thought that popped into my head on reading this.

He mentions that he folded these back in his grad school days (94-95), inspired by the works of Fujimoto and Palmer.

I have to say that there is something particularly gratifying about seeing these kinds of things folded by a math professor, as his understanding of the underlying geometries is above and beyond the rest of us mathematical laymen.

Hopefully we can convince him to post these to the Origami Tessellations photo pool on flickr. They would certainly be a more than welcome entry!

This particular photo, his tessellation, is a new pattern to me… he mentions that it’s the first time (to his knowledge) that dodecagon twists were successfully incorporated into an origami tessellation. I am also curious about his reference to the hexagonal twists as being “pursed”; I haven’t heard this term before, but it’s easy to guess what it means- and it explains, at least for me, how the hexagonal twists got that particular shape. I’ve wondered that about photos of older work by Andy Wilson, Chris Palmer, etc., but I’ve never really dug into it and tried to figure out why. So that’s a new tidbit of information for me.

Thanks, Tom, for posting these photos, and sharing your work with all of us. I’m sure that some new fruit will come from your old work, as your ideas are admired and absorbed by other folders. I’m very grateful.


Happy New Year!

祝您 豿年新年快楽!


Originally uploaded by hale_popoki.

From my flickr friend Tina, who is most likely the coolest teacher in San Francisco.

“Fook” (rhymes with “book”….in Cantonese) is the Chinese character for good fortune/good luck.

Part of the kindergarten teacher’s Chinese New Year bulletin board display at my school.
Made from lucky red envelopes.

(my apologies to all those literate readers for mixing Mandarin and Cantonese on the same page.)

Star spring, standing

Star spring, standing

Originally uploaded by Melisande*.

Mélisande folded one of Fujimoto’s designs after some long hard work looking for the crease pattern.

Here’s her flickr text:


Creator : Shuzo Fujimoto
CP in book : Origami El Mundo Nuevo, by Kasahara, published 1989 by Sanrio(Japan), ISBN 4387892544.

This is a baby star spring : original model starts from square paper and has 10 stars. I was intimidated by the idea of collapsing points by rows of 10, so I reduced the thing to a rectangle 12/22.

Here you see 5 stars and 2 half-stars instead of the 6 I’ve planned, I probably made a wrong valley/mountain assignement during collapse, cannot read japanese instructions.

Nevertheless, I’m glad how it turned out. It is a wonderfull model, another side of Fujimoto’s genius.

I don’t know if it should be called a tessellation ? Maybe it is closer to box-pleating ?

Infinite-origami made last year a ridged triangle tessellation that shares some similarities with the above.

I’ve seen this before, in the photos of Dribalz (Dr Eyeballs?), helpfully reminded of this by Mélisande earlier today- the link is here.

This is an ingenious design, and definitely not how I thought it would fold. As with all of his designs, I am extremely impressed.

Thanks, Mélisande, for folding this and sharing it with us.