This week, I have been focusing different types of paper folds, as opposed to origami designs. Here’s demo reel of the designs I have been exploring.
By varying the position of the centre fold, I can achieve different movements as the pleats expand and fold. Specifically, I can create an outward curve that is more or less dramatic. Additionally, linking together different shapes using glue or sellotape allows me to create modular forms. These designs can physically link together related data sets or points. The size of pleats can also be affected by varying the intermittent spaces or the number included in a design. This could provide another dimension along which data could be encoded. I was also interested in the popping motion that could be achieved through the four-pleated design by pressing down on its centre. This gives a button-like effect that could be exploited as an input interface.
My next step will be to create more elaborate versions of each these designs to explore the boundaries of what movements are possible. I will investigate connective materials for joining individual pieces, and the effects these materials have on the folds (e.g. sellotape makes it more difficult to bend paper to which it is applied, but it can also act as a hinge.) Finally, I will begin to encode simple data sets into the designs to explore their potential as physicalizations.
An excellent resource for folds is http://foldingtechniques.com
Adventures by A Himitsu https://soundcloud.com/a-himitsu
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