The paper Wing

So I attempted to make the paper wing from the t/shirt issue website.

What they say about the piece:

“The Muybridge installation is a study set out to capture temporal change in 3D.

A three-step sequence of a bird spreading its wings is reconstructed and sculpted into T-Shirts. As the change in the wings’ position is a function of time, each wing’s plumage is reduced to polygonal form, modeled and rigged into successive arrangements to portray the spreading motion.

This study leans on Eadweard Muybdridge’s photography work in the late 1800s, with which he pioneered in the field of capturing animal and human locomotion. Challenged by a bet whether all four horse’s hooves are off the ground at the same time during gallop, he conceived stop-motion photography and later on the Zoöpractiscope, which turned still photographs into dynamic projections.

With the Muybridge installation, shape and fractional motion are interpreted through jersey garments. The T-shirts capture a movement that happens in the bat of an eye and perpetuate it by material augmentation.”

I thought it’d be a good idea to have a look at how to construct a faceted concept. You can see my process in the block of photographs below and then below that you can see how the wing has ben constructed in fabric (not by me). The process is really interesting, however, the maths blows my mind… Anyone good at Geometry!?

This is the process of making the wing out of paper from the download pdf. You can get it here

here is my version of the wing in paper –

Here are some of the shots from the website

You can see more here



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About L.Calder

I am a designer maker mainly specialising in the field of textiles and design. I use colour changing and responsive dyes combined with simple electronics to create colourful pieces of work that can change depending on environment and programming. I also work with various materials and imagery to communicate concepts and ideas as well as create artefacts that are engaging and visually stimulating.

9 responses to “The paper Wing”

  1. Manon says :

    Wow, this looks absolutely amazing! There’s nothing more to say, just wow.

  2. His Fashion Blog says :

    This is quite beautiful. How long did it take you to get it done? And how hard was it on a scale of 1 to 10?

    • codedchromics says :

      Thanks for your comment.
      It took me about three hours all in, from printing the 14 page pdf, cutting and folding the pieces and then gluing them all together. Generally easy but tricky in places. They say 180 mins on the website and it’s probably about right. I was doing other things along the way too. Much harder in fabric I suspect and I’m still not quite sure how I could work out my own pattern for a different concept but I’m looking into some programs for that, any ideas are welcomed!
      On a scale of 1-10 I’d say 8.

      • His Fashion Blog says :

        Sounds fair for such a beauty. What kind of papers were used? Regular ones? I am definitely trying this out when I have some free time! I am really looking forward to it. x

  3. codedchromics says :

    Yes you should totally do it.
    I used regular 80gsm white paper. I think it would great in card or heat set nylon.
    Good Luck

  4. Rozi says :

    Hi CC,

    great job on the wing! very nice to see others going for it – we always like to think geometry is not scary, just requires a bit of patience.

    have you tried the wolf’s head as well? it’s a breeze compared to the wing.

    thanks for sharing and keep it up with the beautiful blog.

    The T-Shirt Issue

    • codedchromics says :

      Hi Rozi,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I think the wing is AMAZING and a massive inspiration to me. Yes I’ve done the foxes head.. That was much faster to complete. I’ll post about it very soon.
      I love the stuff you guys do, please also keep doing what you do


  5. map says :

    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website.

    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant
    for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a
    designer to create your theme? Outstanding work!

    • codedchromics says :

      Thank you.,.. It’s a standard template from WordPress, can’t remember the name now sorry, and then I customised certain aspects… All in a days work

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