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Origomi - Eric Gjerde's weblog on Origami & etc.

Origomi: Eric Gjerde's discussion and thoughts on origami, paperfolding, and tessellations.

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Aztec Twist, tessellated, reverse, backlit

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Aztec Twist, tessellated, reverse, backlit
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
the reverse of this fold.

did I mention I'm really happy with how this turned out?

I took a zillion photos but none of them really make it look right.

looking forward to building a lightbox and everything so I can capture these things properly!

Angry Sun God! (Aztec Twist, tessellated, backlit)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Angry Sun God! (Aztec Twist, tessellated, backlit)
Originally uploaded by Origomi.

One of the most complicated things I have ever folded. I promised myself several months ago I would sit down and fold this (after completing the first step, which I diagrammed as a Simple Aztec Twist). Folding instructions for the first step are available online at my website (www.origamitessellations.com).

I used orange kami for this, mostly because it was the right size and it was available when I started folding. If I ever fold another one of these, I will use something with more translucence and definitely more structural strength. Every tip of the paper in this fold is frayed due to the many, many times it was folded and unfolded.

I hope you enjoy this model, as I certainly was pleased with how it turned out. I hope to capture some better photos once I build a lightbox, but for now I think this will work.

This origami model also shows the directions I've been taking lately, moving towards more layered and complex tessellation work- I think I've got the basics down pretty well, and now I'm doing things that combine models together. This is really just a combination of two relatively simple tessellations:

this one:


and this one:
.

These have been combined together to make a much more interesting model. I look forward to taking this grafting technique further, and creating more complex and hopefully interesting models!

Hexagonal Flower Twist, backlit

Friday, September 23, 2005

Hexagonal Flower Twist, backlit
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
Working on a strange, 3d hexagonal twist thing. it's really an interesting fold, in how it all lines up even though it's not a flat-fold object.

plus, I think it looks pretty, which never hurts!

-Eric

offset star, backlit

Monday, September 19, 2005

offset star, backlit
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
dragged out an old idea and fiddled some more. looking for some new directions to take what I would laughingly call my "traditional" works.

More great tessellations from Melisande

Saturday, September 17, 2005


Melisande created some amazing new tessellations! Although I'm still very partial to Owesen's stars, which she has here folded beautifully and backlit.

here are some more of her great works:



New Photo Gallery!

Friday, September 16, 2005
I installed the latest version of Gallery (2.0, right now) from Menalto. it's a very nice open source gallery software.

I'm currently filling it in with photos, and I'm excited about the ability to keep it up to date- no more lagging horribly behind my Flickr photostream.

my new gallery is located here!

-Eric

Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
this really isn't origami, but it's really neat software. it's called Autostitch, and it's free (for now). it AUTOMATICALLY generates panoramas from a set of panoramic shots. this is HUGE! no work! and the output is amazing.

go give it a try! it's fun!

logarithmic patterns, and rediscovering the wheel.

Thursday, September 08, 2005
I had an email this morning from Melisande, asking about whether the logarithmic patterns required a computer or if they could be done by hand. now, I've done them by hand, but I also used the PC to make it easier.

after looking at some of my old work files, I realized I have already folded perfectly logarithmic shapes with octagonal symmetry. ugh! I already knew how to do it! very frustrating.

the processes for the more complex stuff are still things worth learning, so it's OK, but I'm happy/frustrated to learn that I've solved some of this problem already.

-Eric

logarithmic diamonds

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

logarithmic diamonds
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
one of a series of experiments into logarithmic folding sequences.

this one folds up into a diamond shape, which I enjoy.

logarithmic tower


logarithmic tower
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
one of a series of experiments into logarithmic folding sequences.

logarithmic tower, reverse, backlit


logarithmic tower, reverse, backlit
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
one of a series of experiments into logarithmic folding sequences.

Dodecagon star shape

Friday, September 02, 2005

Dodecagon star shape
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
This is an internal shot of the fold structure of the 12 sided star shape crease.

these shapes are promising, but I haven't quite figured on a methodology to fully develop them yet. ideas are welcome!

Dodecagon star shape


Dodecagon star shape
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
12 sided star shaped fold. quite a lot of work! an interesting fold structure. I think 12 sides is probably a practical limit without using much larger paper; this 6x6inch piece of kami was really pushing the structural ability of the paper itself.

Octagonal star shape


Octagonal star shape
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
I was fiddling around with n-gon shaped star patterns, and came up with this. not sure where to take it, but it's an easily reproducible starting shape that has full octagonal symmetry. and it looks neat!

Flickr Mosaic tool!


Flickr Mosaic
Originally uploaded by Origomi.
I was playing with the flickr Mosaic tool, over at flagrantdisregard. see the link on the flickr post.

it's a great way to take your flickr photos and make a neat mosaic out of them!