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( 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.


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