Showing posts from September, 2019

Scholz Teardrop Flagstone

This is an unusual flagstone pattern which I believe belongs to Robin Scholz. I had saved the crease pattern a long while ago and finally decided to fold it I've folded my share of flagstones. I've even designed a few. This one is certainly different. Even if you're familiar with the technique, this one will present a bit of a learning curve. Its unusual teardrop shapes require a great deal of prefolds. There's a lot of stuff happening behind the scenes to make everything work. His original crease pattern still lives on flickr It's a nice departure from typical tessellations both regular and the flaggie sort. I've seen and folded the teardrop shape before. Not in this way though. Definitely gets you to thinking about other shapes which may be possible.

Triangles, Hexes and Squares, Oh My!

A variation on something I've done before. Yet it produces a very different end result. Large hexes, squares and triangles. A trifecta of tessellation happiness. I find it to be a pleasing 'braided' design. That's how it looks to me. The squares land naturally off of the wings of the triangle twists. As you follow the repeating pattern the hexes form naturally. This can be done with small offset hexes and rectangles. It's the same, but different. You could also start with hexes at the center and repeat the pattern from there.

Ringing Bells Origami Tessellation

This is an idea I had that is excellent on paper. My execution of it, however, was less than stellar. Probably on a second try it would come out more spectacular. I really like the pattern and the concept. But I struggled to understand folding it even though the architecture of it was my own concept. I like how the back turned out. During the planning, I didn't really see the extra folds that would land on the rear, so that hampered my efforts to some degree. On the front, everything needs to twist in a kind of symbiotic relationship. While I'm familiar with flagstones and other folds that are executed as a whole rather than in stages, this particular pattern proved difficult. Most likely because it was somewhat different from any I'd done before. It has similarities to other designs and techniques, but it proved to be unique in many ways. A more gifted folder might have produced a cleaner end result. Still I'm pleased with the pattern I dreamed up. I

Flagstone Variation

I saw this one on flickr. I don't know the original designer to credit. I thought it might be fun to fold. Turned out to be a little more difficult than I had anticipated. It was terribly difficult to put together. Still, once I started, I was determined to complete it. There are some open back hexes. They've got rhombuses off of them. Those rhombuses are tethered to triangles. Interesting part is the triangles are natural to the grid. Which isn't typical . The rhombuses land in triads off of those triangles. Nothing really works on its own. Everything depends on everything else. It's a whole lot of getting folds to sort of stay while you get the rest of the folds to also sort of stay as you work your way out from the center. It looks and fold like a flagstone, but it's not a true flagstone. You might call it a flagstone variation. There are a lot of similarities. When everything is kind of willing you start again moving everything into place tog

Origami Tessellation: Triangle Swarm

This origami tessellation just sort of worked itself out more than I did. I was playing around with pyramid shapes and somehow landed on this. I was just drawing a lot of triangles on the gird and this pattern  naturally coalesced. It's a pretty easy fold. Nothing daunting. There is a lot of pre-creasing. That makes it easier to get everything into its proper place. The end result is pretty cool. . Bigger triangles on one side. Small ones on the other. The bigger triangles are not two pleats wide. They are that wonky size in between the bigger and the smaller. It's a pretty typical triangle twist in flagstones. It's easier to see in the unlit version below. These crease pattern is just start with a small twist at center and then the bigger twists and the small twists alternating off of each other. It's simple, but it's intricate.