Posts

A Wild Weave Origami Tessellation by Arseniy K

Image
Worked out another Arseniy K origami creation that I managed to decipher and execute. It wasn't too hard since he had uploaded both a front and back photo to his instagram. Knowing what the reverse side should look like makes it so much easier.  It's kind of a close knit fold, so I was apprehensive I would have trouble with the actual folding of it.  But it's been cold and dry here lately, so the paper was pretty resilient.  All in all, it worked out pretty easily. Relatively speaking.  He didn't post backlit photos, but I think it backlights really beautifully. That's my opinion anyway.  I don't know how he consistently comes up with so many original ideas. It's very impressive.  Another pic and, spoiler alert, a crease pattern follow.  If you want to figure it out on your own without any hints, don't scroll too far down. 

Merry Go Rounds Origami Tessellation

Image
  I kinda came up with this design by accident. Not really sure how I arrived at this configuration. The paper sort of led me more than me leading it. I'm still wondering which is the front and which is the back of this tessellation. I guess it's just a matter of individual perspective.  It's a somewhat congested arrangement, but it definitely works as a flat fold.  It's based off of open back hex twists that have some teardrop shapes radiating from them.  For the repeat they transition into offset pyramidal shapes.  There's also a crease pattern at the bottom for those that want it. It seemed really interesting as I was coming up with it. Make of that what you will. 

Success At Last

Image
 This is an update to my post from September about a really interesting tessellation that I struggled to execute properly.  The fold was by OrigamiYonca. The design was by Arseniy K.  While the mechanics of it came rather easily, the folding of it escaped me.  My first attempt with printer paper failed. My second attempt was moderately successful, but I realized I couldn't upload a pic because of what was printed on the paper and an NDA.  I tried again with different paper and no joy.  Switched back to regular paper and easily folded a single module version.  Still, I felt I had to complete the more challenging fold.  I used larger paper. Almost twice the size. Sadly, the paper was not as sturdy as I had hoped.  The tessellation was finally completed, but it was rough, to say the least.  I learned that I do not enjoy using large paper for tessellations. My hands and fingers are simply too small for the task.  Nevertheless, I  felt that I had more than met the challenge. Satisfied,

Square Grid Wreaths Tessellation Reverse Engineer

Image
 This is a straight up reverse engineer of a model I saw on Instagram. The fold was by origamitraces. The design was by origami.by.e I believe the title was multiple wreaths.  Theirs was arranged a little differently. I used a 32 pleat square grid and went to the effort to center mine so all the margins were even.  I don't do a lot of square grid tessellations. They feel much simpler than the hexagonal sort.  But I'm quite pleased with this one. I was able to execute it using some neon paper I'd selected specifically for tessellating.  I wasn't sure the paper would do what I was hoping it would, but was pleasantly surprised.  Figuring it out was pretty straight forward.  Collapsing it was pleasantly easy.  There's nothing more satisfying than a simple tessellation that yields a complex result. This is a prime example of that. 

Jewel Weave Origami Tessellation

Image
I saw a similar fold to this one on flickr and it reminded me of a tessellation I created some years ago. That one used the same shapes as this, but at half the size. It didn't come out that great as it was a small and tightly packed fold. So I had intended to revisit it someday. This one is a larger proportioned version of that. Thanks to the larger shapes it is much easier to execute neatly, but it still has a decent repeat on a 32 pleat grid.  The original idea used small hex twists. This one uses open back hex twists.  Very poorly drawn crease pattern included below. 

More Triangle Twist Fun

Image
This is another tessellation out of Migeul Ganan's 'Twist and Tess' book.  I used his main module as the central point, but I arranged everything much closer together.  I mostly work with a 32 pleat triangle grid, so it's essential to keep things close if you want any repetition.  The back sides of his triangle twist based tesses are really quite interesting. I love how they back light. They are pretty fuss free folds. Just a matter of folding the triangle twists in a certain configuration.  The nice thing about an all triangle twist based tessellation is that you don't need to pre-crease. You can just fold them on the fly.  They come together quickly and you have a really nice finished product. 

Dancing Boxes Tessellation

Image
 This tessellation is comprised of rectangles twisted around large hexagons. On the reverse side there are some possible triangles. I opted not to flatten them.  I toyed with the flattening, but wasn't into it.  I think not flattening it rendered a nicer finished product.  For some reason I have a particular penchant for using rectangles in origami tessellations. I couldn't say why. 

Criss Cross Origami Tessellation

Image
 Was fiddling around with a triangle twist as the central point. Added some arms to that. Then just repeated.  I quite like the look of the larger triangle shape.  I considered having them not overlap, but ultimately was curious to see how this configuration would play out in the end.  Designs like this always keep me interested because you can arrange the overlaps in different ways to come up with numerous variations.  Generally speaking, it's a pretty basic pattern, but I find it interesting all the same. 

Ganan's Intricate Triangle Twists

Image
  Folded another tessellation from Miguel Ganan's book 'Twist and Tess'. While the central module was simple enough to bang out pretty easily, I did fumble a little with folding the repetitions.  Nevertheless, it did come together.  My spacing is a little closer together, but I think everything else is the same.  Back in my early days of learning tessellation I did many triangle twist based designs. Still, I don't remember them ever rendering such intricate patterns as his do.  It really makes me wonder what other configurations are out there that I've not realized.  All these years later, I still have so much to learn. 

The Other Side of Tessellations

Image
  I got the basis for this tessellation out of Migel Ganan's book 'Twist and Tesss'.  I used his main module idea, but I changed it up a little bit.  Maybe it's just me, but I kinda feel like a lot of triangle twist based tessellations have a more interesting reverse side than their fronts. So the first pic is what he envisioned as the back.  The way the reverse sides of some of his tessellations backlight remind me a lot of the ideas of Arseniy K . He has lots of beautiful origami tessellations on his instagram. He's a brilliant paper artist.   It's almost as if these two designers see the shapes from completely opposite perspectives. Me, I just mostly fold. Sometimes figure out. And occasionally  have a unique idea.  Mostly, I'm just glad to be a part of it all. 

Pawns and Queens Origami Tessellation

Image
  A post I saw on Instagram caught my eye. Don't remember to whom it belonged. I'm a little obsessed with figuring out how to fold tessellations I find on there. It's a great way to learn.  I didn't realize it at first, but this one was incredibly similar to the idea I had executed in the previous post.  I suppose every origami tessellation is essentially a variation on a few basic fundamental principles. There are a handful of ways to fold things on a triangle grid. There are a limited number of shapes to be extracted. And there are only so many ways they can be neatly combined.  The creativity comes in with how to distribute and arrange all these choices.  At any rate, I just straight up folded the pic I found. Although, I did have to make the proportions larger.  Some people are great at doing these tiny, micro folds, but I am not. My paper isn't up to the task and my fingers are just too short and stubby..  It's a wonder I can tessellate at all with these ch

Butterflies Origami Tessellation

Image
 Inspired by the (new to me) concept of rotated grids, I came up with a configuration which seemed to work on paper.  It also worked in a small tester fold.  It worked on a larger scale as well, just barely. It's a tight fit, but it can be convinced.  It starts with rotated open back hexagons on the rear.  On the front side there are these odd propeller shapes. They are similar to the shapes in some other designs, but a little different.  It's tricky to get the quads to of those shapes to come together neatly, but it can be done. 

Grinning Triangles Origami Tessellation

Image
  This is an idea I had very suddenly and pretty much out of nowhere. It's probably been done many times before, but I had not previously come across it.  It's hexagons and two sizes of triangles. I actually began by just placing the two sizes of triangles in groups and realized the hexagons were needed.  The hexagons and small triangles are on one side and the large triangles are on the other.  Instead of twists, it employs that technique of folding a small hexagon in on itself to create a triangle on the opposite side.  It was not too difficult to fold.  A lot of prep work was involved before the actual collapsing is ready to happen.  Ordinary paper held up pretty nicely during the process. 

Daniel Kwan's Accidental Pseudo-Flagstone

Image
 I've fallen out of practice with square grid tessellations. Used to do them all the time not too many years ago. The clover tess. The high density clover tessellation. Hydrangea. High density hydrangea. Recursive stuff. And many more.  But when I started to get into triangle grid flagstone folds I became pretty obsessed. So other types became somewhat neglected.  I found the crease pattern for this on Daniel Kwan's flickr page. I could tell to look at it that it would probably be intense. But in many ways that just made it all the more enticing to attempt.   I did a large 16 division grid trial fold at first, to try to better understand it. That turned out to be a good idea.  When I went to fold the 32 division version I already had a pretty good understanding of what should be happening on both the front and the back of the paper.  I used the sturdiest paper I had at my disposal, which was kraft paper.  I figured anything weaker would not survive the process.  It was still a