I have been busy folding designs from Shuzo Fujimoto’s book – Tesselations Hortensia Origami – which I ordered from Origami-shop.com recently. I have tried at least 4 of the designs in the book till date (and I received the book in March) and have experimented with different kinds of paper, too.
This book contains about 29 different tessellation designs to fold and almost all of them require a square sheet of paper to start off with. There is one design which incorporates a series of flowers on a rectangular strip of paper – this is the only design which requires a rectangular sheet of paper to start with.
The complexity of the designs range from simple to intermediate. If you have not attempted tessellations, ever, it is advisable to start with the designs in the beginning of the book and progress from there. Once you get the hang of it, you can even skip the designs in the middle of the book and jump onto the intricate patterns towards the end which incorporate larger sheets, a lot more pre-creasing and lots of patience! 🙂
Paper to use:
Two weeks ago, I visited Paper Source here in Atlanta, Georgia and picked up a number of paper sheets of varying textures and colors. The tessellation design in the image above is folded from one “Rustic” design paper which I picked up from this shop. This paper is not thin / fine at all and ist thickness reminds me of that of tant paper. This sheet was of a rectangular shape which I cut into a square sheet of paper measuring approx 45 cms in length.
Another point worth mentioning here is that the paper is single side colored with subtle imprints of squares.
How to fold this design:
To start folding this tessellation pattern, I had to pre-crease the sheet of paper into 32 x 32 which means, 32 valley folds (horizontal and vertical) the entire length of the paper and 32 mountain folds (diagonally in both directions) the length of the paper again. So, yes – there is a lot of work and patience required even before you start making even the first petal of the tessellation.
The diagrams for this model is only available in the book – Tesselations Hortensia Origami – as far as I know. Even though the book is in the Japanese language, you can still follow the diagrams so it is not at all bad for non-Japanese speaking people.
I plan to make a series of different types of tessellations from Shuzo Fujimoto’s book and frame them in my home as wall decor. This is the first in that series, will keep you posted on more.