Another Shuzo Fujimoto Tessellation

Tessellation (Shuzo Fujimoto)
Tessellation (Shuzo Fujimoto)

It’s been some time since I folded and I haven’t really got into the routine of folding. I tried out this tessellation by none other than the master Shuzo Fujimoto and I quite like the way it has turned out.

There is a lot of pre-creasing required and which is expected with folding a tessellation. However, once you get the hang of the technique, its gets done pretty quickly.


Paper to use:

I have used a 15cm square sheet of Kami for my rendition – single side colored.  This design took me about an hour and a half to fold, but thats only because I had to reopen and fold the whole thing whilst I was half way through because of a mistake.

You can try folding this design with Tant, Tissue Foil or any other paper which is not too thick – this is because of the layers of folds which are generally associated with tessellations.


How to fold this design:

While no instructional video or freely available diagram exists for this model, you can nevertheless get the diagrams from the book  – Hortensia Origami –  which you can buy from Nicolas Terry’s Origami Shop.

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.

Links: Shuzo Fujimoto’s tessellations, Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Rosettes, diagrams and Valentine specials

It’s been a long time since I posted any update on my origami blog. I have been busy with things at home and have been unable to devote time to folding. There are a couple of half – finished models lying about at home, too, which I am hoping I will get around to finishing shortly.

I have also ordered a few large sized tissue foil paper and a special washi paper from Nicolas Terry’s shop. I am yet to decide what to fold out of these. These are few books and diagrams I thought of sharing with you all this week.

Tesselations Hortensia Origami

Shuzo Fujimoto’s book on tessellations – Tesselations Hortensia Origami – was released in 2010 and can now be bought from This book contains diagrams to 29 models , is a soft cover book having 96 color pages and is in the Japanese language. However, the diagrams are quite clear and one should be able to follow to the steps irrespective of the language gap.

Diagrams to the Clover, Hydrangea and many more are included in this book; you can check out a preview on the website. Designs with color changes also exist in this book. I have only just ordered this book myself, so I am yet to find out more about the designs in it.

Origami Flowers Patterns

Origami Flowers Patterns – is a new book by Tomoko Fuse which contains diagrams to 41 models and is also in the Japanese language. You can see a preview of the book on Nicolas Terry’s site, too. The rosettes are really pretty and can be folded from kami or other kinds of paper of your choice. Each of the models are folded from a single piece to paper, too.

If you are a fan of her work and have been folding her much loved modular origami pieces, I’m sure you will like to have this book for your library, too. The rosettes look really pretty when folded, especially when you choose delicate and the right kind of paper to fold.

Works of Joshua Goutam Vol. 1

Joshua Gautam, who you would know from his cute designs on his Flickr album, has finally released his book – Works of Joshua Goutam Vol. 1 – which is also being sold through Nicolas Terry’s shop.A good thing about this book is that its a ebook, which allows you to download soon after your payment is made. The book has diagrams to 11 models in it and is in the PDF format. Instructions and steps are in the English language, too.

Valentine’s Special – Kissing cranes heart picture frame – is a good design for upcoming valentine’s day tradition. This is a lower intermediate model and the link to the diagram is in the post I’ve linked to here.

The Fold – Second edition of the Online Origami Magazine by OrigamiUSA has been released. This edition contains diagrams to Fernando Gilgado’s Owl, Artur Biernacki’s Koala, commentary on folding and installing a Triceratops Skeleton by Jason Ku, going about requesting permission to record an instructional video by none other than Sara Adams, a book review on Quentin Trollip’s Origami sequence by me and much more.

Creased magazine for Paper folders – is a new bi-monthly publication that features never before published original Origami diagrams from creators all over the world. Creased is available in both print and digital versions – as per the website. It would cover models from simple, intermediate to complex and the first issue would be launched on the 1st of February 2011. Do check out the website for subscription details, rates and other information.

Hydrangea (Design by Shuzo Fujimoto)

Hydrangea (Design by Shuzo Fujimoto)
Hydrangea (Design by Shuzo Fujimoto)

This is my first attempt at any tessellation, and I daresay I have selected one of the simpler, less complex but nonetheless pretty ones to fold. This dainty pattern is designed by Shuzo Fujimoto who is known for his dainty and sometimes intricate tessellation patterns.

Paper to use:
My initial attempt at folding this model was with tissue paper and that failed horribly. I guess tissue paper is too delicate and thin for such type of folds which are almost akin to ‘sinks’. In this successful attempt of mine, I have used common, square shaped, single side colored origami paper measuring 9 inches in size; and it worked wonderfully.

How to fold Fujimoto’s Hydrangea:
Sara Adams has recorded and uploaded a fantastic instructional video on Shuzo Fujimoto’s Hydrangea. I am sure you will find it easy to follow. She even explains how to go about with creating the CP for it.

What I have attempted is a 4-stage Hydrangea (just like in the instructional video). You can increase the number of layers / stages in this model, too.