The Colour Project: December – Shadows

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.

Working through the book there are lots of samples, with a brief description of each category.

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…

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

Symmetrical Repeats – Great inspiration here!

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

Accordion Pleats, basic mountain and valley pleats


Cylinders and cones

Knife Pleats, where the mountain/valley spacing varies. This makes them appear to ascend or descend

Box Pleats – a group of four folds repeated across the surface

Incremental Pleats

Spiral Pleats – can be used to create 3D structures

Gathered Pleats

Knife Pleats

Twisted Pleats

V Pleats – changing the angle of the pleat

Breaking symmetry

Coexisting V Pleats

Multiple V Pleats

Grid V Pleats – these became more complex than I could manage…

X Form Spans – made from a repeat pattern of diagonal folds

V Fold Spans – created from V Pleats

Boxes – basic Masu Boxes with varying base and side dimensions

Roll Box with both ends enclosed

Box with gathered corners

Bowls, lots of potential for variations and repeats hereNo 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. Crumpling created using tissue paper. Beautiful delicate organic forms can be createdCrumpling a straight line gives a different set of possibilitiesCrumpling from a centre point

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