Sakura Star (Design by David Martínez)

Sakura Stars (Design by David Martínez)
Sakura Stars (Design by David Martínez)

This weekend, I attempted to fold the Sakura Stars, which are pretty tessellation based stars desgined by David Martínez and are not at all complex to fold.

I came across pictures of the finished model on Flickr and found that the designer had generously also shared the photo diagrams to it!

Paper to Use:
You can fold these stars from Kami, or any paper which is not too thick. You should be able to pre-crease and fold it quite easily without having the folds too stiff. You can also choose to use glassine paper like Mélisande* did for backlighting purposes.

To start with, you would need to cut out a pentagon from your square sheet of paper. For this, you can check out the video David Martínez has linked to (Sara Adams’ instructional video). The paper size you can use should be not less than 6 inches in size at bare minimum. For a first fold, you might want to start with something bigger.

The photo diagrams David Martínez has shared are very detailed and shows all the creases and folds / collapsing sequence required to form these pretty stars.

For my rendition, I used single side colored Kami paper measuring 5 7/8 inches. I have curved the petals slightly to give the it a more “floral” look.

Thank you, David, for sharing the photo diagrams to this pretty model!

Tessellations (Design by Shuzo Fujimoto)

Tessellations (Designed by Shuzo Fujimoto) - Diagonal view
Tessellations (Designed by Shuzo Fujimoto) - Diagonal view

I have been busy folding designs from Shuzo Fujimoto’s book – Tesselations Hortensia Origami – which I ordered from 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! 🙂

Tessellations (Designed by Shuzo Fujimoto) - Top / Square view
Tessellations (Designed by Shuzo Fujimoto) - Top / Square view

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.