Crease to Crumpling

Colour Project – Shadows, Part 6

No Crease, one crease or a few part way through a piece of paper with a “break” or bend in the opposite direction to the crease can give some very simple and sophisticated pieces. These samples below  are only some of many I made. The others were very difficult to photograph to show the form created.

Crease 1 Crease 2 Crease 3 Crease 4 Crease 5 Crease 6 Crease 7 Crease 8  Crease 9

Crumpling created using Tissue paper. Beautiful delicate organic forms can be created.

Crumple 1Crumple 2Crumple 3Crumple 4

Crumpling in a straight line gives a different set of possibilities.

Crumple 5Crumple 6Crumple 7

Crumpling from a centre point.

Crumple 8Crumple 9Crumple 10Crumple 11

This is the final post of samples for the colour project!

Thanks again to Folding Techniques for Designers by Paul Jackson for the techniques and inspiration for December.

Basic Folds

Colour Project – Shadows, Part 2

Working through the book Folding Techniques for Designers by Paul Jackson, there are lots of samples, so I am going to show them all in thumbnail size with a brief description of each category.

Dividing Paper 1Dividing Paper 2Dividing Paper 3Dividing Paper 4Dividing Paper 5

These are examples of the basic folding technique, dividing a piece of paper into 8ths, 16ths etc. This can be done simply without measuring. A great, way to get even Shibori folds throughout a piece of fabric…

Grid Divisions1Grid Divisions 2Grid Divisions 3Grid Divisions 5

The same folds as above, varying the direction of the folds to create grids.

Symetrical Repeats 1Symetrical Repeats 2Symetrical Repeats 3Symetrical Repeats 4Symetrical Repeats 5Symetrical Repeats 6Symetrical Repeats 7Symetrical Repeats 8Symetrical Repeats 9

Symmetrical Repeats – Great inspiration here!

Symetrical Repeats 10They then became more challenging…

At this point I moved onto Stretch, Skew and Polygon samples, simpler folds and much more likely to be interpreted into fabric.

Stretch and Skew 1Stretch and Skew 2Stretch and Skew 3

Polygons 1



December – Shadows

Colour Project – Shadows, Part 1

My original intention was to look at metallic colours in December. Gold, silver, bronze etc. I also planned to work through the book Folding Techniques for Designers, From Sheet to Form by Paul Jackson. It became apparent in the first few days that these samples would work much better in plain white paper.  At  this time I also visited the Picasso to Warhol exhibition at the WA Art Gallery and saw works by Alexander Calder (I’ve loved his work since discovering it in High School) The shadows created by his two pieces below helped confirm my change of plan. Shadows and light play a huge role in the colours we see.