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Icosahedron II 2006. Paper & adhesive.
Dodecahedron II Dodecahedron Icosahedron
Tetrahedron. Paper & adhesive. 2006
Octahedron. Paper & adhesive. 2006
Bone. Paper & adhesive. 2009
Studies in paper. 2006
Explorations in paper folding and constructed form.
Any form imaginable can be rendered through drawing, but when modelling in paper, an object has to be physically shaped. When faced with a flat sheet of material, there is no obvious indication of how it can be manipulated into a three dimensional object. The limitations of paper as a form making material offer a challenge, which through playful investigation results in tangible models.
Physical models provide a better indication of proportion and construction than drawings alone, bringing material to the forefront of the form making process. Hands on manipulation provides perhaps the best insight into the properties of a material, allowing its behaviors to be discovered and exploited for the generation of form.
The image collage above demonstrates the development of form through the making of paper models. Combining repetitive geometry, curved lines, and modularity, it was found that paper could be folded into a vast number of shapes and structures by slightly varying the folding template. Initially the layouts were drawn by hand, but by translating these to Autocad, the working process became much more streamlined- the physical models informing changes to the layout drawing and vice versa.
The process was purely experimental, and no pre-determined outcome was specified. It soon became apparent that paper was valid as a sculptural medium in its own right, which could be used to create pieces with aesthetic rather than utilitarian value. On the other hand, many of the forms generated lend themselves to further development in a functional context, in more durable sheet materials such as metal and plastic. By embracing a spirit of experimentation, elements of art, craft and design become merged, and so the need to seek a divide between these activities is diminished.