Year: 2013

Two recent things worth seeing

I saw the following two items on Flickr recently and they’re both stunning, in very different ways. This fantastic portrait from Aldo Tolino: And this 3D metal structure, a deformed Resch tessellation made real, by Tomohiro Tachi:   Both amazing in completely different ways. I am intrigued!

Origami for All: Elegant Designs from Simple Folds

Origami for All – new book available!

I’m happy to announce that my partner Ioana Stoian‘s new book, Origami for All: Elegant Designs from Simple Folds, has been published and is now available for purchase! This book was a joint project between the two of us — Ioana developed 16 simple, elegant models, and I did all the diagramming and book layout work. I’m extremely pleased with how the finished product turned out. We published the book via our own publishing company, Busy Hands Books, and used a wonderful UK printer, Westdale Press in Cardiff, Wales. Printed the right way with offset lithography on high-quality 115gsm cream-colored Munken uncoated paper, with a dark-blue pantone 547U ink – it’s a book that feels lovely in the hands, and is a pleasure to use! Check out some of the sample pages on the Origami for All website, along with photos of all 16 models contained within the book. My personal favorite is the Bat (although illustrating it was quite a challenge). I’m very proud of our work on this book, and we are currently …

New Exhibition April 5-7 in Paris

My partner Ioana Stoian and I will be participating in a new exhibition on the weekend of April 5-6-7 in Yerres, France (on the southern edge of Paris). It’s for the Salon des Artisans & Metiers d’Art (Salon of artisans and masters of art) show at the Propriété Caillebotte, a beautiful chateau with extensive grounds and exhibition space. We are two of the 30 invited artists to be a part of this event, and are displaying together with a small number of other paper artists. We’re very excited about this opportunity, and will be exhibiting some of our largest origami pieces- including the 25 meter long piece we created last October. I can’t wait to see people’s reactions to this work!   Right now we’re wrapping up our pieces for the event, and working hard to finish the layout for Ioana’s upcoming new book – “Origami for All: Elegant Designs from Simple Folds“. We have a busy schedule of origami convention appearances in May and several teaching events in June and July, so the next …

Origami Fan Diagrams

      Hello All, Here are some newly created diagrams for perhaps my only “easy” origami model, a simple fan made from an A4-sized sheet of paper. I’m quite fond of this little fan, it uses a unique method of radial pleating to create a very useable result! As with all of my diagrams, these are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 License, which allows you to share them and re-use them with appropriate attribution and sharing. (Find out more on Creative Commons licenses) Download the PDF diagrams here, and feel free to share them with others! Additionally, if you want to take this model up a notch in style and complexity, divide the paper into 16ths instead of 8ths, and it will make a more pleasing curved fan and a skinnier handle as well. For more advanced folders only! I hope you enjoy this model as much as I do. Eric

Simple Heart Diagram

This post comes from my partner, Ioana Stoian, and is one of the 16 models we’ve been working on (and that I’ve been diagramming) for her upcoming book, “Origami for All: Elegant Designs from Simple Folds“, to be published sometime in the next few months. I really enjoy the models she creates, as they are all “pureland” origami, although just by coincidence… very elegant, simple models, which she folds out of her handmade paper. Our house is filled with these creations and I feel like my tessellation work is now outnumbered! From her website: Seeing as Valentine’s day is just around the corner, I can’t think of a better time to share my simple heart origami model with you. It should be rather easy to fold even if you have no paperfolding experience. Just take your time and follow the diagrams carefully.The simple heart is one of the models that will be included in my upcoming origami book, which should be available for purchase in the next few months. Please feel free to send me your comments. …