Happy Origami Day

Although Moody Blues is not made using traditional origami techniques, the modular construction was inspired by the origami of Tomoko Fuse. The piece has been coming together well, though it is taking a while. That might be because there are (I think) 580 individual pieces of paper, many hand cut and all hand folded.

These are the three basic units used to make the piece.

Here are some of the components in boxes for safe keeping before assembly was begun.

I was particularly pleased at how much like real blue jeans the denim-printed pieces look. Here’s a close-up of some of the assembled units.

I spent much of the week rotating between cutting and folding and assembling, trying to avoid straining my hands and/or my back, though there were quite a few breaks where I just stood and stared at the piece. Here are some progress photos. (Moody Blues is actually square, but when I tried to photograph it from more directly above, I was blocking the ceiling light. Please forgive the perspective distortion.)

I still have some dark blue locking units to complete Yesterday I did the last printing for the piece –these will be locking units as well.

I should have all the work done by the end of tomorrow. I won’t show you the finished piece until November 25 when the show Decade Delirium opens at Hand Wave Gallery. Next week I will show you (possibly, if it works) the incredibly clever hidden mounting system that I have invented.  ; ]

In Paper Toy news:

Guylaine Couture sent me more images of the Paper Toy exhibition in Montréal. Photo credit for the first image is DPM. Photo credit for the second and third images goes to Guylaine Couture

In knitting news:

I am half done the sleeves (I am knitting both at the same time) on the Herdy cardigan.

Although the garment is worked from the top down, and although it is traditional to knit the body from the armpits down first (after reaching the point where the sleeves divide from the body), and although it is traditional to knit the sleeves in the round, I am not doing that. I read an on–line article about the advantages of knitting the sleeves before the main body, and the author’s argument for knitting the sleeves first —flat— seemed to me cogent and persuasive. Part of the reasoning was that a seam provides structural support in a sleeve; part if it was about the advantages of not having to turn as much weight at the end of each row. If you knit the body first you are shifting the full weight of the sweater each time you rotate the sleeve. There was more, I think, but I have forgotten it, along with the name of the author. (If you know who wrote that article, please let me know and I will put in proper credit.)

In book/origami news:

Today is Origami Day, and most of today’s post was about a work whose structure was inspired by her modular origami, so referring readers to a review of Tomoko Fuse‘s newest (April 2018) origami book seems appropriate. You can find a review in the most recent issue of the on-line magazine The Folded Corner. If you want to read a bit more about Origami Day, you will find last year’s article in The Printing Report here. The post includes an instruction video showing how to fold a paper crane. If you prefer to work from diagrams, you can download a printable pdf (originally from origami-fun.com) here.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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9 Responses to Happy Origami Day

  1. Did you say 580 separate pieces?!?!?!! Love the different textures, looking forward to seeing the finished piece. What a labor love!


    • Byopia Press says:

      Yep, lots and lots of parts but it should read 480: 100 squares for the base, 200 rectangles for the centre locking squares (2 each), and 180 connectors.
      It’s surprisingly not horrible if I rotate between jobs often enough. ; ]


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  3. Leslie says:

    What are the sizes of the squares and rectangles that you used? If you don’t mind sharing. Thank you.


    • Byopia Press says:

      I really don’t remember! I think the large square was about eight inches. If you are interested in folding something like this, go to the blog Archive and click on the post for December 14, 2019. There are downloadable patterns for components.


      • Leslie says:

        Thank you…will check again. I could not find any info when I looked. I was probably in the wrong spot. .


      • Byopia Press says:

        The post I have suggested is for a modular book cover but the panels are folded and assembled the same way. If you are trying to make a paper quilt, you will not need the extra spine width in the connecting part.
        Good luck!
        ; ]


  4. Leslie says:

    That is why I thought I didn’t remember seeing a template, I think. I know that the onewas for the spine book. I have folded some quilts, and I think one similar to the one you show, but wasn’t remembering which Tomoko Fuse book it was from…I should have written down the correct square sizes. I will check again. I love your color combination,


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