“The paper torso project began in 2011 when I took up a suggestion by Ms. Joanne Nakora from the International School Nadi in the Fiji Islands to design and build a torso with removable organs. 3 months later I had completed a first version and uploaded some images to my Flickr account. In January 2012 My Modern Met blogged about it which led to many requests to make the templates available.
Improving certain parts of the design, fitting the patterns to A4 paper and working out how to best write the instructions took about 4 times as long as building the first version.
The templates and instructions are available by clicking on the banners below. In the spirit in which this project was started they are available for free. If you manage to complete some of the organs and/or the torso I would appreciate it if you could send me an email or some images of it.
This is incredible and relates to the paper wing by the t-shirt company that I blogged about last year!
Very cool indeed… When this current project finishes, I may well be tempted to try this one!
If you want to do it you should try! Go here http://torso.amorphous-constructions.com
Lovely little video about innovation and manipulation… 3D form/flat/mixing it up! LOVE!
Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike’s work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one’s craft can lead to unique end results.
If you have any questions or inquiries about Mike and his work, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. or (971) 219-6552.
Paper, tape, light.
Video projection onto origami. Simples!!!!
Check out more on his website… http://joanielemercier.com
Here’s the workings
And a great wee piece on the project here
Last week I was in Breda in Holland at NHTV University of Applied Sciences giving a guest lecture and holding a workshop on wearables and research through making.
It was great. What a lovely friendly and engaging campus!
Here’s a collage of some of the photographs I took while the workshop was going on.
Students were asked to take some paper and start to fold it and see where they got to. Some of the colour combinations are excellent and the contrasts worked very well. It was a leap of faith as these student mainly work in digital media. At the end of 1 hour they were asked to communicate their results with the other participants which for some had some fantastic concepts attached.
Playing really is valuable for stimulating your ideas factory that can lie dormant in your mind!
I came across this lovely shot of Josef Albers on Jessica Svendsen‘s beautiful photography blog.
(I know, how can a costume be anything other than 3D!?)
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!?
here is my version of the wing in paper –
Here are some of the shots from the website
You can see more here http://the-t-shirt-issue.com/home.1.0.html