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 coloring 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.
…is that every shape I make with these folds 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.