This is one model which I have been trying to fold in the last few weeks. My first attempt failed miserably with me not being able to collapse the first layer itself. This is the tricky part since the paper simply refuses to stay put at times, when folding it all around.
I gave this design another go last weekend and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get through the first layer in two tries. What I did differently this time around was to make sure that the pre-creases were firm and sharp. I think this this helped a lot, as the paper started falling into place along the creases made.
Once you get through the first layer, the second and third are pretty much alright since you would already know how to nudge the paper into place. If you start off with a large sized paper, you can have multiple layers.
The Origami artist who has designed this wonderful model – Chris Palmer – has himself made an instructional video with Jeremy Shafer and he explains the steps and pre-creasing clearly and also provides tips on what to expect and how to go about the folding sequence.
Paper to Use:
Tant or craft paper measuring approx. 15 inches in size, duo-colored. You can also Kraft paper to fold this model. Extremely thin or fine tissue paper would not go for this model, since there are numerous folds and you need a strong paper which will not give way with the folding.
How to fold: Jeremy Shafer has recorded and shared a great video of Chris Palmer himself teaching the folding sequence for this amazing 12 point Flower Tower. It is extremely detailed with very helpful hints along the way.
We are nearing the Holiday Season here in America, and I find myself occupied with thinking of ideas for this year’s Christmas decorations, gifts for friends and family and of course my perennial question of selecting the model to fold.
I spent a lot of time on the Internet searching for ideas and came across the following links which you might find interesting:
Shadowfolds – Chris Palmer and Jeffrey Rutzky’s new book – This is a soon-to-be-released book co-authored by Jeffrey Rutzky and Chris Palmer. It deals with geometric designs using fabric as a medium instead of paper. This book is due for release on February 1st, 2011. The following is an editorial review by Amazon:
In Shadowfolds, Jeff Rutzky, himself an accomplished and passionate origamist, and Palmer offer detailed and fascinating information about the technique and its origins in both Moorish tile and classic Japanese origami. Palmer first encountered the elaborate mosaics of the Alhambra and became intrigued with learning to translate these patterns into folded paper. He turned for inspiration to the work of Japanese origami masters Tomoko Fuse, Jun Maekawa, Toshikazu Kawasaki and Shuzu Fujimoto, as well as to the great American origami artists Robert Lang and Peter Engel.
I watched the documentary – Between the Folds – last Sunday and was awestruck at the ease in which Chris Palmer folded up his Flower Tower. It came almost naturally to him (and thats probably because he designed it, anyway). The model by itself is pretty intricate with layered folds accompanied with a “twist” on each layer to flatten the creases into a flower.
I came across this video on Vimeo.com today and thought of sharing it with you all. It is from Chris Palmer’s video channel on Vimeo.com and in this video recording, he shows the collapsing and twisting of the layers to form the 12-fold Flower Tower. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.
Diagrams & Crease Patterns for the Flower Tower:
You will find the crease pattern for this model in Origami Tanteidan 8th convention book, Chris Palmer’s Flowers Collection 1 CD as well as OUSA Convention book 1996. The CD Flowers Collection 1 can be bought through his website and contains CPs / video tutorials to simple tato (purse), more complex Progression Flower, Male and Female Flowers and 11 Flower Tower patterns.