• This is an interesting shape for me. - Josh Allison
  • اﷲ - Allah

octagonal star pattern, work in progress- v.1

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a work in progress, trying to find more satisfactory methods of pleating and collapsing octagonal star patterns. I found some solutions that allowed for less creasing, although it's hard to tell from this model- I tried out some other things first, which made more creases than I really wanted (and it's also why the middle is contorted a bit.)

The general plan is to try and replicate some of the star designs that crop up so commonly in Islamic art, which so far have been outside of my folding abilities. I'm working on changing that, and we'll see where it all ends up. I'd like to be able to have a large, complex pattern with many different geometries interacting with each other, although that's a big folding project to tackle. Starting off here with the smaller pieces, trying to sort out all the pleat interactions to make sure a larger work will fit together.

mawelucky, *audreysmith*, and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Mélisande* 97 months ago | reply

    I like this star very much, it is really elegant.

    What is written in the center ?
    (where is the babelfish plug-in?)

  2. Josh Allison 97 months ago | reply

    Elegance indeed...I think I like this star better than any of your other stars.

  3. EricGjerde 97 months ago | reply

    It says "Allah" in Arabic. (or at least as close as I am able to get it with my bad handwriting.)

    the center seemed empty. I'm looking at a lot of islamic calligraphy books lately, so I might find another one and write in something fancier if I am able to.

    I'm a self-studying student of religion- I hope this doesn't come across as offensive to people, as it certainly is not intended to be.


  4. *audreysmith* 97 months ago | reply

    Man, this is amazing! Can't wait to see the final piece if this is still in progress!

  5. bigk2356 97 months ago | reply

    well your hand writing in Arabic is much better than mine!

  6. EricGjerde 97 months ago | reply

    It's still in progress, foom- well, more or less, I guess. Nothing's really static with these kinds of things.

    I'm a little stuck as to where to take it from here- I've got a few patterns I've been toying with but I probably need to refold this on a different scale.

    I'll probably try something new with the edges once I sort out some other details.

    I've got a sheet of 1m x 1m paper waiting for me to figure out a final pattern to fold.

  7. R.bean 97 months ago | reply

    wow! as i was looking at the smaller images of this and the next one, i kept thinking how spiritually they were speaking to me. you're definitely hitting upon that resonant language, keep at it and keep sharing!

  8. EricGjerde 97 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the compliments, it means a lot. I appreciate it.

    I checked out about 100 books from around the state via inter-library loan, looking for information on mosque tilings and islamic art, and I really just can't get enough of the stuff. I spent about 10 hours one saturday going through some different groups on flickr looking at photos!

    I'd love to go to Isfahan in Iran and photograph all the mosques there, but sadly that's probably not going to happen for quite a long while.

  9. R.bean 97 months ago | reply

    In the meantime, maybe a little Andalucia Espana? Cordoba + Granada have a decent spread

  10. EricGjerde 97 months ago | reply

    The Alhambra is my #1 destination, for sure. that being said, the artists of Persia were much more decorative, and I think they had better mojo when it came to geometry.

    I'll take what I can get, though. the Moors were no slouches!

    Trip $$$ this year is dedicated to a trip to Brazil- tickets already bought, visas on their way, etc. Maybe next year or the year after will bring Spanish love. I hope, anyway!

  11. katiejayinpa [deleted] 97 months ago | reply

    Such warm beauiful colors. And the shapes are elegant. It reminds me of overhead fan blades.


  12. LorenzoMarchi 97 months ago | reply

    Wow...absolutely elegant, the writing in the center and the surrounding star are surely in the right place as they spreads spirituality through the star tips! :) btw, my parents went to Alhambra the last year, I'll take a look to the photo, maybe they've shot some of the patterns out there..:)

  13. EricGjerde 97 months ago | reply

    I've been collecting tiling photos from the alhambra from flickr for quite a while now, so anything else you can find is quite welcome!

    thanks for your kind words, everyone. new works are in progress, including making this one a bit more complex.

  14. hale_popoki 97 months ago | reply

    Wow, Brazil!!
    Sounds like an exciting trip you guys have planned there.

  15. EricGjerde 97 months ago | reply

    yup- visiting another tessellation folder down there, who has graciously offered to allow us to stay with her. We're having a mini-origami-tessellation-convention of sorts!

    Of course, much sightseeing and consuming of Brazilian food & alcohol will be done, too :)

    (and also apparently shoe-shopping, which I was out-voted on!)

  16. roddh 93 months ago | reply

    very striking pattern and colors. the Islamic motif comes thru very clearly. I remember reading about book about the construction of these tilings from systems of parallel lines. Your extra lines also evoke this construction process. nice :-)

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