# Six-fold, flat-fold, Paper-fold

I found a fold.

If paperfolding graps your attention, prepare to be overwhelmed.  There’s three things to unpack here: the fold, the pattern on the fold, and how they interact.

I had been wondering if I could fold a tetrahedron out of a rectangle.

Turns out, yes. I can make a tetrahedron with a square base or a triangular base out of the same piece of paper using the same folds in different ways.

Then I started seeing that I could make other shapes out of the same pieces of paper using the same folds differently.

Some shapes are flat, others are dimensional.

I’ve been playing with these all week, and I am still finding different shapes that these folds create.

I’ve also been drawing this six-fold pattern from Islamic Geometry called the Ferozkoh Jaali. It occurred to me that it would go perfectly with the folds I was making.

This is just a small portion of the pattern. I’ve been coloringing copies of these in all week, trying to get to know the shapes.

Here’s the fold that I’m using:

It’s four mountain folds (diagonals) and two valley folds (horizontal and vertical) that are created around equilateral triangles. Oh, and there’s a slice in the middle. One horizontal slice.

Now here’s the first wonderful thing about using this image with my folds:

No matter how you use the creases (which are around the equilateral triangles) , the pattern lines up. In the photo above, a corner is peeking through that slice in the paper, and, look, the pattern lines up.

I printed the design on the fronts and backs of my papers, and look, when the paper wraps around itself, the pattern lines up.

Now there is one more thing to mention. Hold on to your seats. This is wonderful. But, first, here’s the foundation of the image I created, first by hand, then on the computer, because I needed the precision of the computer image.

Okay, so as I’ve been folding and refolding and refolding again, and finding different shapes all the time, the last final amazing thing that I noticed (and this makes so much sense) ….

…is that every shape I make with these folds can is echoed somewhere in the lines of the  geometric drawing that is printed on the paper.

This makes me so happy, well, I can’t even describe it.

Well, there you have it. Hope you love it as much as I do.

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, I think this fold looks good with just about anything on it.

Am seriously considering making a bunch of these and offering them for sale, probably through Etsy. Stay tuned….

## 9 thoughts on “Six-fold, flat-fold, Paper-fold”

1. Paul, you’re doing my head in! 🙂 You know I have to fiddle now, don’t you?

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2. This is so gorgeous. I’d love to see more about the folding part of it!

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1. I am planning on sending you one of these, so you will see all of it that you want. You really have to have it in your hands to see what’s going on.

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3. You are having waaay too much fun! I first read this post before going to bed last night and that was a mistake because I dreamt of triangles. ; ] I will definitely be playing with this. (I have to get out my copy of Islamic Ornament and look for patterns based on sixty degrees!)

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