Maps III

by maggie

This weeks post is centred around origami as a means to representing images in more than two dimensions. here are two examples of printed tissue that have been folded so that they stand off the surface.


On the left is a rectangle that has been folded in knife pleats in two directions from one corner. you’ll see better examples of the fold down the page. On the right the same paper has been folded on the diagonal into v pleats.

Lets start with crumbling. You have already seen the results of radial crumbling in quite a few posts, mainly as a vehicle for printing, but here the i’ve learnt other things to do with the paper. with planning papers could be preprinted to enhance the crumbling and straightening.


originally a rectangle, this tissue has been crumbled radially and then concentric circles have been smoothed into the creases. Pre-printing a design could produce all sorts of interesting shapes.


This little colony of radial crumbled tissues has had their centres inverted so they stand of a circular foot.


Here’s a higher view, quick before the breeze blows them away again.


This tissue with the honeycomb print has been crumbled and then straightened out along a diagonal only. The white band is the edge of the paper. The diagonal makes two whole circles around the rest of the paper.

Very hard to photograph.

Pleating: good for hiding and showing, valleys and ridges.


I was trying to get the paper to curve in two directions


Which doesn’t really show up intros photo.

Then i worked out the basics of how paul jackson might be doing his thing.


and then I found this stuff

DSCN1514The curves arise out of the paper tension that forms when you make the pleats. depending on where you start pleasing you get different shapes. On some of the models you can see a little arrow, this is where the pleating starts. The green leaf ,centre back, is the same pleating as the left hand model in the first image above.

The last type of pleating I looked at were Parabolas. These are made by pleating concentrically inside a polygon. In this first image there are a triangle, square and hexagon. The square makes the simplest parabolic surface (you can join them together). I don’t think you can make one with the triangle as it doesn’t have enough ‘legs’. So I made a kind of flower. And the hexagon is mainly sulking <wrong paper alert?>


It is a hexagon promise. I didn’t know how to make a pentagon then. I’ll post a photo when I get round to making a pentagonal parabolic surface.

This last photo is of an octagonal parabolic surface. You can fold the perimeter in to lots of different shapes like a cube or tetrahedron, but i just let this one have its head. It’s really fun to play with.


Lots of stuff to think about and play with. Such a pity I have no paper or time to do it in.