Month: January 2007

New Version of Tess, Alex Bateman’s origami tessellation software

Announcing a new version of Tess (1.4) Originally uploaded by Paper Mosaics. Alex Bateman has released a new version of his landmark software, Tess. Tess allows you to create all sorts of tilings, and modifications of those tilings- so you can explore possibilities without having to fold it all out in paper, first! Also, this new version provides PDF export capability, which is a major plus for windows users. Tess is a Perl application, and will run on any Perl-capable system with a bit of tweaking. (This means you, Linux/FreeBSD/MacOSX users.) Or, if you’re running windows, you can download a standalone version, which will run on it’s own without requiring any Perl resources. Both of these are available to download from Alex’s website. Download the latest version of Tess!

nano-tessellation face from Joel Cooper

little face Originally uploaded by origami joel. There’s been a lot of “nano-tessellations” folded on the Origami Tessellations group on Flickr lately; Joel Lorenzo Marchi started this madness off a while back, and the ante keeps being upped by various people folding smaller and smaller designs. (See some other patterns from Ralf Konrad, for example.) But of course Joel came back with this: part of a mask, folded from tiny, tiny pleats, less than 4cm across for the whole piece. Wow. That’s really quite something!

star twist version 2.1, backlit

Star Twist 2.1

Francesco Decio taught this model of mine at the Italian CDO convention in Verbania, in December 2006. I was really impressed to see that he had made some great instructions, much much better than the confusing CP that I made a while back. I’m really thankful that he created these wonderful instructions, and furthermore that he has shared them with me and allowed me to share them with you. Download them here: Star Twist Progression, Two Layers (PDF) Star Twist Progression, Three Layers (PDF) Also, you can check out my original CP for this design: Star Twist v2.1 crease pattern PDF

American craftsmen working with washi in Japan

Here’s a good story in the Japan Times about american artisans living in Japan, learning and then teaching others to make washi. It also talks about the efforts to keep the papermaking tradition alive in a country that is speeding headlong into the future, often at the expense of ancient methods, processes and skillsets. Since he likes the traditional Japanese aesthetic of “wabi sabi,” which connotes austere beauty and elegant simplicity, he often uses what he calls “tone-downed color,” such as earth colors and charcoal gray, to give it a more “warm or natural feel.” … Some of Flavin’s washi, including paper made from kozo and from pineapple, was listed in an updated version of a book of paper samples titled “Washi — Handmade Paper of Japan,” which was published in 2006 by the nationwide association of handmade paper makers. “Mr. Flavin cultivates the raw material himself, and is sticking to the ancient form of papermaking,” said Shohei Asano, president of a washi paper outlet in Tokyo who helped compile the book. The Japan Times, …