Folding paper can make your brain hurt.

Making a daily square for my #99DayProject leaves me part of each day free. This week I tried my hand at folding origami tessellations. Here’s what I made.

The models below are Clover and Hydrangea, designed by Shuzo Fushimoto, folded by Maria Sinayskaya, and posted on GoOrigami. (Some of you may remember Sinayskaya as the designer of the Robin Star which I wrote about in 2019.)

Sinaysakay’s post includes links to two videos by Sara Adams —one for each pattern— and a set of diagrams/photos by John Smith for Hydrangea.

Both of these tessellations appeal to me because you can tile/repeat them. Here is a tiled version of Hydrangea folded by Sara Adams

I had a couple of squares of drafting vellum leftover from a project, so I thought I would use them. I had not folded with vellum before, and found it both co-operative and durable.

‘Durable’ turned out to be important.

After getting thoroughly lost in the video instructions for Clover —not the fault of Adams— I thought I might do better with Smith’s step-by-step images.

I don’t think I made it to this step. By now my first square of vellum was a mess of creases that were more confusing than helpful, so I threw it out and went back to the Internet.

These photo instructions for Tessellation Fractale by John-Baptiste Vincente looked like they might be easier to follow. There were fewer steps and the photos were clear.

I started with a fresh piece of vellum and got lost again. Back to the Internet once more, where I found Tessellation Basics by Eric Gjerde.

With the help of Gjerde’s little booklet, I was able to fold my own tessellation. Here’s the back of the fold I showed at the top of the post.)

I think I have a better grasp of how the process works now, and I may even try folding another tessellation when my brain has fully recovered.


Here are the squares for this week.

I have been saving the images to a Pinterest board. I enjoy being able to see up to five weeks at once!

In other book arts news:


From John Cutrone:

Book Arts 101: Bloomsday with your host, me, John Cutrone, Director of FAU Libraries’ Jaffe Center for Book Arts, is coming up next Wednesday June 16 at 3 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Catch it anywhere you are, via Zoom Webinar. Register at our website: <>

Once registered, you will receive an email reminder in the hour prior to the broadcast.

On June 16, 1904, James Joyce and the love of his life, Nora Barnacle, went on their first date. A few years later, when Joyce began writing his novel “Ulysses,” it is that day that he chose for the entirety of the novel’s action––inadvertently giving us a wonderful literary holiday: welcome to Bloomsday, celebrated around the world but particularly in Dublin, where folks follow the day’s journey of the novel’s main character, Leopold Bloom. For Episode No. 39 of Book Arts 101, which falls on the 16th of June, we’ll celebrate Bloomsday in a roundabout, journeying sort of way through objects from the Jaffe Collection.

We do our best to beam a live simulcast to our Facebook page during the broadcast, but I must admit, the transmission doesn’t always work out. Nonetheless, if you prefer to to take your chances, you’ll find our Facebook page at <>. We also get the video posted to our Vimeo Channel after the broadcast, usually within a day or two.

Thank you so much for watching, everyone!


More on-line calligraphy classes for you to take! Find all the links 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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