Year: 2009

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Rhombic Flowers

Hi everyone, I’m getting all packed and ready to head off to Japan tomorrow for the JOAS convention this weekend in Tokyo! They’ve honored me quite a bit by inviting me there as a guest, and I hope to make it a very tessellation-centric time 🙂 I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new friends! I thought I’d post a crease pattern, as it’s been quite a long while… So here’s a full CP for a design a did a while back called “Rhombic Flowers”. I’m not sure I have a finished model of this pattern, it’s just an idea that was kicking around my head; but it looks pretty neat, using rhombus twists to make star shapes. A good exercise in playing with rhombic twists, for sure 🙂 Let me know what you think! It’s on a 64 pleat grid, but by no means do you need to start so large. a 32 grid would be perfectly fine to start, bonus points for doing it on hexagonal paper. (You’ll like the final pattern better …

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Mother and Child

Mother and Child, originally uploaded by cedison. Christine Edison posted photos of this absolutely stunning piece. I am always impressed by her ability to take ideas and use them in new ways, creating completely unique and fascinating works. She’s been making quite a few beautiful organic pieces as of late – pop over to her Flickr stream to take a look.

Origami Tessellations Calendar

We just published a 17-month academic year calendar full of beautiful images of origami artwork from my book, “Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs“. Available now for ordering – it’s being printed on-demand by HP’s MagCloud, which prints out some extremely nice product. Speaking of items on the calendar: The 2009 Origami USA convention is coming very soon, the last weekend in June in NYC. I will be attending (of course!) and exhibiting some new pieces. I hope to see you there! I will also be attending the 2009 Japanese Origami Academic Society (JOAS) convention in Tokyo this August 14-16 as one of their invited guests. Needless to say I am quite excited about this – my first trip as one of the special guests at an origami convention. I’m honored that the kind folks at JOAS asked me to attend, and I plan on bringing some special works that I’ve been getting ready especially for this trip! It’s going to be a busy summer – time to get a calendar to keep track of all …

Which School? Help!

I’m writing today to ask for your advice. Over the last five years, I have come quite far – rediscovering and developing an art form which is fairly unique, meeting many like-minded and gifted artists, and making friends all over the world through our shared love of paper arts. This has been a wonderful journey and I have loved every minute of it. However, I’m at a bit of a crossroads right now. I have so many areas I want to explore; working with metals, wood, fabrics, leather, and plastics, using CNC routers and lasers and plasma cutters and 3D rapid prototyping… but I don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to do these things. This has led me to the decision that I really need to find a school or university where I can learn all about these technologies and techniques, and put them to good use making my own artistic visions become reality. … And I’ve hit a stumbling block. Most of the schools I am looking at offer either focused Paper and …

Hanatsubaki Magazine, Nov 2008, No. 701

Hanatsubaki, Nov 2008, No. 701, originally uploaded by EricGjerde. Shiseido’s in-house fashion magazine, Hanatsubaki (Camelia Flower). Shiseido is a high-end Japanese cosmetics company, and Hanatsubaki has been in continuous print since 1937 with a subscriber base of over 9 million. (thanks Wikipedia!) I am part of a small story on origami and design process, or something to that effect – along with some material from Robert J. Lang and Yuko Nishimura, both artists whom I respect very much. I would be very interested to know what this article says, so if someone out there is willing to translate this for me I would greatly appreciate it! It’s a bit out of place, in some respects, with much of the content in the remainder of the magazine… it’s primarily about fashion and design, a lifestyle culture product. It’s quite interesting, but I must admit it was a bit of a surprise for one of their writers to ask me to participate and do an interview. I had a good time, though, and it was helpful for …