This evening I’m teaching a class that Center for Book Arts is called Seasonal Folding. As I’m sitting here preparing my materials, I’m also reading over the class description, with the thought in my head “what was I thinking????”
Actually I know what I was thinking. I was thinking that this would be a three-session class, for a total of about 7.5 hours. What happened next was we decided to do it as a one-session class, for three hours. What didn’t happen was a change in the class description about what we’d be covering. There’s no way we’ll get to everything that’s in the write up.
I am so totally against anything that remotely resembles bait and switch that I’m working out how to deal with this. Fortunately, I’ve written about most of what we are doing, and have video links that I can point people towards. This clever little flexagon structure isn’t something that I’ve done anything with on these pages, so, crazy as it may be, part of my prep for this evening is making a short video of how to create this.
It’s really an incredibly sweet structure. Some of my friends, most notably Ed Hutchins and Mark Kaercher discovered this before I did. Ed has a small collection of these, with different designs on them, collected from various Cracker Jacks boxes from many years ago. Mark was introduced to it by Chuck Stoffle, who, I think stumbled upon it through a Crayonal site, which calls it the Past, Present and Future Me Never-ending card. It was Mark’s version that caught my eye when he posted it on twitter.
The directions on the Crayola site has too many folds for my liking, so, naturally, I had to make my own version of how to make it.
If you can decipher this illustration, which is entirely possible, you won’t have to watch the video, but, even though, at this moment I haven’t made the video yet, I promise it will be short. After all, I have a whole workshop to ready for in 90 minutes.
As it turns out, I didn’t finish the video in time for the class. Didn’t seem to matter. It was a great group. With just four minutes left, they were up for one last project, which is saying something, since the class was three hours long.
Here’s what else we made:
We made paper springs, scaled origami pockets, starbursts, one-cut fold-and-cut five pointed star, spiraling paper ornament, mobius strips with cuts, equilateral triangles, snowflakes, and puffy pentagon box. What a night!