This week is about folding and origami, however, it is different from the figurative origami I know before.

David started by talking about different categories in origami.

  • Figurative: Folding out shape and creature. David mentioned that there were bug wars of folding during the 1990s. This reminds me of an Instagram account of an artist folding insects and creatures with balloons, even it’s not paper folding, it’s still pretty amazing. The other interesting resource is the OrigaMIT, and MIT paper folding club.
  • Mathematics: Folding geometric figure.
    – Modular: Repeating pattern and can be built into 2D and 3D form.
    – Tessellation: Using the certain shape of folding to create patterns.
    – Corrugation/Form Folding: This is the basic level of how paper fold, and it is opened to experimental possibilities.

Paul talked about how folding can be incorporated at NASA with transportation to the outer space, how Biotech can be applied to medical practice. Even in the natural field, the mechanic of protein folding or even the hexagonal cells of the honeycomb. I also found a biomimicry challenge of using the folding technique to design the structure of backpack.

As usual, this week we got to explore the folding both in analog and digital way.

Building Mountains & Valleys in Grasshopper

The building process is the transition of point → line → plant → shape, from 2D into 3D.


Folding with the Alteration of Mountains & Valleys

IMG_3106.jpgIt was so nice that David creates a set of paper for the workshop, how thoughtful!

It was interesting to see how math can be easily explained through the folding, such as Exponentiation, Fraction or Calculus. How through folding, a plane and solid sheet of paper can transform into curved and spiral form, and if the folding structure is right, the paper can also support weight.

Technology can also help the production of folding, the laser cutter can create perforation on paper or fabric to fold into mountains and valleys.  Just like the modular category of folding, once capturing the essence of folding, a flat material can be folded into different forms.

Studio Drift has some really interesting projects related to fabric folding, the Shylight and the Meadow, it is working with the materialism of fiber, the folding and the gravity.




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