It’s funny how an introduction to a certain design, technique, fold, skill or material can lead to an obsession with (in my case) a certain origami fold pattern! Is it funny tho? Is it just what we do? Is it our way of working as designers? Do we see the potential in the simplicity of an engineered shape and explore it’s aesthetic potential!? Well, for me, if it hadn’t been for the DEAF 2012 workshop that I attended last year I don’t think I’d be so obsessed with this particular origami fold! I have several people to thank for that – Meg Grant, Anja Hertenberger, Leonie Urff, Florian Horsch and Mika Satomi.
Before I had the pleasure of meeting the talented individuals above I had started here
Then as a team we arrived here –
And since then I’ve used the same fold again and again and again! This is just one textile sample under four different conditions that appears as different colours. Still… so much more I could do with this!
The ever growing collection at Materials Library
The Institute of Making is a cross-disciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities.
You can check out what they are doing here http://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk
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!