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Eric Gjerder - Tessellations AIGD

Eric Gjerder - Tessellations AIGD

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Open-BackSquare
Tw
ist.................................
21
Open-Back Hexagon Twist ..............................
22
BEGINNER
PROJECiS
Five-and-Four.............................................
..
24
Spread Hexagons..........
..
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...
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28
Tiled Hexagons............................................
32
Star Puff.......................................................
36
3.6.3.6
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4()
Pinwheel
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..
.......................................
43
Open-Back
Hexagon
Twist..........................
47
Basket Weave
...
.......
...
.................................
50
Water
Bomb
................................................
54
Square Weave............................................
..
51
INTERMEDIATE
PROJECTS
Contents
Chateau-Chinon..........................................
6()
Rhombus Weave...................................
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64
Pref
ace
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\fI
Star
Twist
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e,7
Ov
erview
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..
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2
Roman Church Floor
Tiling
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70
Tec
hniques
.
..
........................................................
5
Precreasing......................................................
..
5
Sq~are
Grid
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..
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e,
Triangle Grid.....................................................
7
r
Pleat Intersections
......
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..
.......................
9
Daisy Chains...............................................
..
73
Double
Triangle
Sawtooth
.........................
76
Stacked Triangles........................................
SO
Bird Base..............................
...
.....................
84
Propellerheads.......................
..
...................
88
120-DegreePleatIntersection...........................
9
ADVANCED
PROJECTS
------
120-Degree Inverted Pleat Intersection............
U)
Arabesque
Flourish
..
...................................
92
gO-DegreePleatIntersection............................
11
Field
of
Stars...............................................
96
60-Degree Pleat Intersection...........................
12
Negative
Space Stars...................
..
.............
99
Rabbit-Ear Triangle Sink...................................
14
3.4.6.4
.........................................................
1()3
Twists...................................................
...
.........
16
Aztec
Twist
..............................................
..
106
Triangle Twist..................................................
1(,
Arms
of
Sh
iva.............................................
110
Square Twist...............
..
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..
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17
Gallery
..............................................................
114
Hexagon Twist..........
..
....................................
18
Acknowledgments
.
..
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.
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.
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...
.
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12()
Rhombus Twist..............................................
20
About
the Author
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...
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.
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120
Open-Back Triangle Twist................................
21
Index
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121
 
..
hen
I was five, my parents asked me
what
I wanted
n
to
be
when I grew up.
"A
paperologist," I repliedenthusiastically.Throughout my early childhood andteenyears,I enjoyed paper crafts and origami. I foundimagininga thing andthencreatingitfrom materials at hand very satisfying.
Friends
and family frequently gave me stacks
of
papers androlls
of
tape
as
birthday gifts.Paperology wasn't a major at my college
of
choice,however.
So,
after preparing
for
atechnologycareer,I foundIstill needed
an
artistic outlet. I turned back
to
my
childhoodlove
of
paper and origami.How was I drawn
to
the geometric art
of
origamitessellations, specifically? It started
with
a fish.Iwas folding
an
origamikoidesigned
by
Robert
J.
Lang
.
The
fish-scale design was foldedfromrepeatedpatterns called tessellations.I practiced a bit on some
scraps
of
paper, and,just likeafish,I was hooked on tessella tions.I folded sheet after sheet
of
paper, experimentingwith different
shapes
andvariations.My excitement led
to
deeper exploration and the creation
of
newtessellationdesigns.I neverlookedback;
in
fact,I neverdid completethat fish!
Since
thenI
have
folded hundreds
of
origami tessellati
ons
.Tessellations are geometric patterns
that
can
repeatforever.When capturedinpaper,beautiful pieces
of
art arecreated
in
intricate pleats and folds.
For
this book, I havetaken25
of
myfavoritetessellationsand turned themintoprojects
for
newcomers
and
experienced origamists alike.With step-by-stepinstructions, illustrated
crease
patterns, and
how-to
photos, you'll
learn
to
createthesewonderful designs
yourself-hopefully,
more easily than I did!
This
book covers the fundamentals
of
origami tessellations,providing a little history and describing simple beginning techniques
with
detailed illustrations.
The
techniquesthen areutilized
in
specific projects
that
will help you
make
impressiveworks
of
art. Finally, the book's gallery
of
tessel
lation images
is
designed
to
inspireyou
to
experiment
and
innovate,trying
out
the tessellations
of
others and, eventually, creating your
own
patterns.
NO
ClJiilNG,
NO
GI.lJING,
ON
I:
Stll:
I:i
01:
I'J.\I'I:
It
All you need
to
make origami tessellations are your
two
hands and a piece
of
paper.Folding tessellations
is
notcomplicated.
At
itscore,it
is
the repetition
of
simple foldingpatterns
to
create larger, more complex designs.Folding tessellations
is
a meditative experience.Whileorigami
is
labor-intensive, it's also very relaxing.Oftenwhen I fold something Ilosetrack
of
time.Hours
pass
without
my knowledge.When I'm finished,thecompleted piece
is
almostlikea present.When I teach students
howto
create tessellations,theyalways have
an
"Aha!"
moment.They suddenly, unexpectedly understand
how
the folded shapes repeat themselvesand
how
they all
work
together.
From
that
point onthestudents take
off
and start folding madly.Three words
of
warning: Tessellations are addictive!
Don't
worry
if
your first project comes
out
imperfectly;your next attempt will
be
greatlyimproved.Your
own
"Aha!"
moment will come soon. Practice and repetition
are
great teachers.
As
your skill and experience
increase,
you'
ll
start
to
see
tessellation patterns everywhere.
Tiles
on the floor, cobblestones
in
the courtyard, the patterns
of
lightfalling through astained-glass
window-you'll
findinspiration
all
around you.You may find discovery and creation
are
the mostrewarding parts
of
this craft, because making origamitessellations
is
very much aboutinfinitepossibility.When you
draw
upon your newfound recognition
of
patterns
and
think about
how
they might
be
recreated
in
paper, you
can
use
the techniques
in
this book
to
create amazing arrangements and artwork all your
own
.

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