Many designers use folding techniques in their work to make three-dimensional forms from two-dimensional sheets of fabric, cardboard, plastic, metal and many other materials. This unique book explains the key techniques of folding, such as pleated surfaces, curved folding and crumpling. An elegant, practical handbook, it covers over 70 techniques explained by clear step-by-step drawings, crease pattern drawings, and specially commissioned photography.
The book is accompanied by a CD containing all the crease pattern drawings.
Introduction to the book by the author:
The crucial educational difference was that a model was simply a model - perhaps fun to learn, but it didn't teach the students much that they could apply creatively to their design work. By contrast, if folding techniques were taught, they could be used with any
number of different materials and adapted to any number of design applications. And when I looked around, I could find examples of folding throughout both the natural and the designed worlds.
That revelation was the genesis of this book.
In the few years following that epiphany, I evolved a series of self-contained mini workshops that introduced a diversity of folding techniques - pleating, crumpling, one crease and so on. I would shuffle the choice and content of the workshops to best suit each course. The workshops were usually followed by quick 'hit and run' creative projects.
As word spread, I began to be employed as a consultant by a number of multinational companies, to give workshops on the theory and practice of folding. I also gave workshops to a variety of design practices and to architects, structural engineers and professional bodies. These experiences fed back into my teaching, which in turn fed back into my professional experiences.
By the late 1980s, the final form of my teaching had more or less evolved. I have taught what I came to call 'Sheet to Form' workshops and projects to students of fashion, textiles (surface, print, knit and weave), ceramics, embroidery, product design, industrial design, engineering, architecture, jewellery, graphic design, interior design, environmental design, model-making, packaging, theatre design, art, printmaking, foundation courses - and probably other courses now forgotten - at all educational levels, from my local community college in north London, to the Royal College of Art and colleges in Germany, the US, Israel, Belgium and Canada. To date, I've taught on more than 150 courses in design in 54 colleges, some regularly for a decade or more, others for just a day.
Wherever I've taught, I've always been asked the same question: "Is this in a book?" My answer was always "No!" and, frankly, the lack of follow-up material, or any substantial documentation, was an embarrassment to me. Although there are hundreds of origami books, they are all about model-making, of limited use to a design student or professional. My best advice was always to keep carefully the samples made in the workshop and refer to them when working on a project.
So, finally... finally!... I have the opportunity to present in print the most useful of my Sheet to Form workshops. Deciding what to include or exclude, or to emphasize or skim over, has been difficult and time-consuming, and I hope I have made the right choices. I have written more than 30 books about origami and paper crafts, but this is the one I have most wanted to write.
Perhaps, though, it was proper that the book was not written until now. In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in origami, not only by designers of all disciplines, but also by mathematicians, scientists, educators and others. 'Origami' and 'folding' are very much words of our time, and though the focus will doubtless diminish, the interest and respect will remain. This book, then, is being published at the right time.
I hope that while using this book you will come to share my enthusiasm and love for a subject that I have come to regard simply as a Wholly Good Thing. I feel very privileged that it has not only made me a living, but given me an absorbing and fulfilling life and introduced
me to many wonderful people, worldwide. Paul Jackson
About the Author:
Paul Jackson has been a professional paper folder and paper artist since 1982 and is the author of 30 books on paper arts and crafts. He has taught the techniques of folding on more than 150 university-level design courses in the UK, Germany, Belgium, the US, Canada and Israel. These include courses in Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Jewellery, Product Design, Packaging, Ceramics, Industrial Design, Fine Art, Basic Design and Interior Design. He has also taught many workshops in museums, arts centres and festivals and has worked as 'folding consultant' for companies such as Nike and Siemens.
Contents of this book include:
Dividing the Paper, Symmetrical Repeats, Stretch and Skew, Polygons.
Accordion Pleats, Knife Pleats, Box Pleats, Incremental Pleats.
Spiral Pleats, Gathered Pleats, Twisted Pleats.
Basic V-pleats, Making by Hand, Variations, Multiple, Grid Vs, Cylindrical Vs, Complex Surfaces.
Spans & Parabolas
X-form Spans, V-form Spans, Parabolas.
Boxes & Bowls
Boxes, Bowl Forms.
No Crease, One Crease
No Crease Variations, One Crease Variations,
The Basic Technique, Linear Crumpling, Rotational Crumpling, Advanced Concepts
FAQs and Acknowledgements
1st edition, 2011, 2nd reprint. paperback, 224pp, fully illustrated throughout, 22.4 x 22cm, complete with containing all the crease pattern drawings.