Month: May 2006

Origami Tessellations by Momotani!

I was tipped off to some origami tessellations by Momotani (Yoshiide Momotani, I think) that were on display at a French origami meeting in May 2006. Here’s a link to the photo album: I’m hotlinking the two most relevant images below- these will take you to the specific image pages on the photo gallery. There’s a lot of great tessellations here, quite a few of which various members of our origami tessellation group have been folding in the last couple of years. I’ve never seen any of these before, but I have to imagine that Momotani-san has been folding these sorts of things for decades now. It just goes to show you that there’s very little in the geometric origami world that someone else hasn’t thought of before, or folded before, completely independent of what you’ve been up to. I can only hope I have a chance some day to meet this tessellation maker and admire some of the beautiful art. Anyone with more information on where I could see some more of Momotani’s …

More than Just Origami (on MetaFilter)

More than Just Origami | MetaFilter Got a great mention on, one of my favorite websites. Also a host of other wonderful paper artists, some of whom I had never heard of before- but also of course the marvelous Richard Sweeney. Unfortunately I don’t have an account, or I’d hop on and do some heavy name dropping- anyone with a MeFi account out there willing to give some plugs for the Flickr Origami Tessellations Group and for Joel Cooper? -Eric

3d tessellation class by Tom Hull @ OUSA convention 2006

Tom Hull will be teaching a class on 3d tessellation models and techniques at the 2006 OUSA convention, in June. I’ve really been going back and forth in my mind on whether I would go to the convention or not, but Joel Cooper’s decision to attend (he was awarded the Florence Temko Award, well deserved I think!) has really prompted me to go. I hadn’t planned on taking any classes, as I’m not really all that into representational origami; but Tom’s class on tessellations, especially ones that I have never folded or explored, has changed my mind! now I have to take classes, for sure… You can read more about his 2 class offerings on his LiveJournal entry. -Eric

Lorenzo and twist theory

Octagonal twist Originally uploaded by Lorenzo Marchi. Some great conversation going on (or just getting started?) on a flickr post by Lorenzo Marchi, talking about origami tessellation type closed twists and the nature of such. there’s a whole big intersecting dialog here about what can and cannot be created with twists, and I personally can’t wrap my head around it all enough to figure it out. By all means if you have suggestions, post them on Lorenzo’s photo entry, or put them here and I will cross-post them for you (for the Flickr unintiated who are not interested in giving it a try.) -Eric

Octagonal Star Geometric Progression

Octagonal Star Geometric Progression, (backlit) 3 of 3 Originally uploaded by EricGjerde. Repeating patterns of kites and squares, arranged around a central octagonal star. I really like this particular arrangement of shapes, and hope to some day exploit it further. There are many options as to folding and pleat assignment here, and I hope you’ll allow me the indulgence of sticking to the one that seems most appropriate to my own tastes. I continue to be inspired by Islamic Art, and the wealth of geometric patterns that exist within the body of that work. However, I’m still in touch with my geometric roots, and my love of fractals- thusly patterns that are able to grow endlessly serve two purposes for me. 1.) They are wonderful patterns that often match designs from ancient buildings and artwork 2.) they are geometric tessellations of a non-euclidean space- something with a fractal dimension that I’m unable to calculate. This factors in somewhat with the concepts of tessellations of hyperbolic space, but it’s not quite the same. I don’t have …