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origami fun

I’ve been looking at a lot of origami stuff (again) recently, mostly as a way to get un-stuck, but also for the flexibility that some origami shapes have. I found 1 really varied site, with lots of kinds of origami, and links to even more coolness. That link is http://cedison.wordpress.com/

Secondarily, there is one particular pattern that folds up interestingly (the site I found it on wasn’t the actual source, and didn’t cite the original or link back to it, but here’s the pic.

 

I actually made an illustrator file of the fold pattern if anyone is interested (just ask me), but here’s the pdf.

NOTE: solid lines are ‘mountain’ folds, dotted lines are ‘valley’ folds

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4 Responses to “origami fun”


  1. 2010/10/26 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Becky,
    Umm – I’m interested in your ai file. (:
    I got my MFA at CMU and am now interested in architecture so have been following this blog. Would love to know more about how oragami is influencing your work. I’ve been doing shibori – – which is like oragami on fabric that’s then dyed – and I’ve been thinking about fabric landscapes/architecture.
    best wishes,
    krista

  2. 2 Becky
    2010/10/26 at 8:56 pm

    First, the file:
    As far as I know this blog format won’t let me just upload an Illustrator file for everyone to download (or that’s what I would do), but here’s a link to it as hosted on FileMonster.

    http://www.filemonster.net/en/file/18486/3d-hex-grid-ai.html

    The site asks for a captcha, and the next page may take a few seconds, but then there’s a clear download link. It’s only 397.80 KB, so it downloads fairly quickly. This is one of the few sites I’ve found that has virtually no ads, nor is the download link hidden on the page.

    I don’t feel objective enough to really understand how origami has been influencing my architecture, but I’m sure it has. Origami includes a wide span of things, but my main interest is in the more abstract creations. I’ve found pattern-making, tessellations, and fractals all to be interesting (in relation to origami and in their own right), as well as a convenient way of letting my hands figure a problem out when my brain isn’t able to do so. In experimenting with both ‘flat’ origami and the more three dimensional designs, I’ve also started to get a better idea of how different shapes can connect and interact. I mostly try to figure out existing patterns, although occasionally I work free form from an existing grid or start point.

    The other main attraction to origami for me is the flexibility of paper folding. After folding something in accordance with a rigid pattern, I can go back and try new things without permanently undoing all of that initial work. The flexibility in creating prevents an over-attachment to form that could otherwise easily keep me from seeing past an initial step. I also am able to use the physical flexibility (or rigidity) of the folded paper to better explore and understand the spatial and light qualities the form can create.

    Anyway, that was a lot longer than I thought it would be. Hopefully some of it was interesting or helpful, and the link at least still works.
    ~Becky

  3. 3 Jason
    2015/10/22 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Becky,

    I tried to download the ai file from the link you attached. However, it’s no longer available. Are you able to create a new link? Thank you very much!

  4. 4 Becky
    2016/10/01 at 2:48 pm

    hey, sorry this is literally a year late, but i just now found both the email, and had some time to hunt down/semi recreate the illustrator file you were asking about. link to the illustrator here: http://www.filedropper.com/3dhexgridfullsheet link to a compressed svg file here: http://www.filedropper.com/3dhexgridfullsheet_1

    those files will auto-delete after 30 days, but if they’re any use after all this time, you’re welcome to them. (as is the internet at large)


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