Year: 2012

Eric Gjerde Origami

Exhibition piece in progress

I’ve been working on this piece for the last month or so; it’s a huge version of my Dragon Helix design. I first started folding this pattern years ago, creating a 6 meter long strip of folded paper for it. Sadly it was from Tyvek, which turned out to be too soft to fold properly, and the entire thing was a loss. Ever since then I have wanted to fold it correctly, and realize it in full form. This work will be on display at the Salon Resonance[s], a large art exhibition in Strasbourg, France on November 9-12 of this year. It will be at least 10 meters long for the exhibition space, potentially longer. I just hope my hands will hold out! It’s been more than a kilometer of creasing done so far. I enjoy playing with my art while folding; here’s a photo of me that I just had to share with everyone. It seems to be a trend for me these days to always wear my origami on my head…   here …

Gesso piece

  Recently, we’ve been experimenting with traditional gesso – made from rabbit-skin glue and chalk, applied in many thin layers to prepare surfaces for painting. On a whim, my partner Ioana applied it to a test piece I folded from some heavy cardstock. After about 10 layers, it is now one heavy solid piece of matte white surface, which retains all of the fold marks and natural paper crumples. We’re going to try more of these in the future, but for now I wanted to share this, and show how delightfully the light plays off the matte surface of this work. The final piece is about 1m x 60cm.  

Vespertilio - by Ioana Stoian

Vespertilio – corrugated paper bat

My partner Ioana Stoian recently created this wonderful model of a bat, using origami corrugations – her first origami design! I’m very pleased with this model and helped her to create a simple set of diagrams and a crease pattern, which you can download via her site: You can see it also folds flat – the world’s first “flat pack” bat ūüôā  

Polish convention diagrams

I was the guest at the Polish Origami convention a few weeks ago, and I had a fantastic time in Krak√≥w! I heartily recommend to anyone that they should attend this convention; the organizers Krystyna and Wojtek Burczyk did an amazing job putting together a very pleasant origami meeting. Krak√≥w is a beautiful and delightful city with huge nightlife, and I had a blast. And lots of great food too! For their convention booklet, put together by the gifted Haligami¬†(Halina RoŇõciszewska-Narloch), I submitted six CP patterns. I’m posting them here too, for those who might be interested in checking them out. ¬† ¬† ¬†   All diagrams are copyright Eric Gjerde; and are additionally released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.    

a return to old times

I folded this hexakaidecagon from a plain sheet of 15cm kami, like I used to do back when I started folding origami tessellations. It’s challenging paper to fold, as making 32 creases through the center point leads to a lot of paper turning to mush! Rather than folding a big twist, I twirled the excess into a spire shape, which I think is much more interesting and organic. It reminds me of the pagodas in Myanmar. thought I’d share this little fold with you, and enjoy the retro days together.