Robert Lang TED Talk

Got 18 minutes? Well I highly recommend taking a look at this talk.

Currently I am looking at more mathematical and geometric forms of folding for a commission. I have always taken an interest in mathematics and problem solving, which might be why I was drawn to origami in the first place, but the work I am doing for the current commission has got my imagination and creative juices flowing. Robert discusses how discovering the mathematical rules dictating folding have led to software being developed to create crease patterns for complex designs. This framework has enabled origami folding techniques being applied to medical science, space exploration as well as the folding of more beautiful and naturalistic models.

I have always been aware of Roberts work as he published most of the origami books I had as a child. Up til now my own methods for creating new designs usually invloves playing with a square of paper and seeing where it takes me. Sometimes I have an idea of the finished model other times I don't. I am really excited about exploring this way of folding and hopefully applying it to the textiles that I love to work with..

Hannah x

Easy Origami

Origami lovers you will love this! A brand new publication from the same publishers that gave us Mollie Makes and it is all about origami.

Wanna know what is extra special....

I am in it!

Back in September I was super excited to be approached to do a Textile Origami how to. So after playing, making, photographing and writing, I am now delighted to be sharing it with you.

Here is a little sneak preview and it should be hitting newsstands round about now!


Hannah x

Origami Food

Oh my goodness! When I first saw this on Pinterest I couldn't believe that two of my passions where combining in such an elegant and scrumptious way.

In this recipe by Carnets Parisiens, filo pastry is used as the "paper" to create super cute little boats to float atop a sea of chocolatey goodness. Thank you also to Handmade Charlotte for pointing me in the right direction. Enjoy!

Hannah x

PS there's more...

British Origami Society

 Last year I was approached by a few members of the British Origami Society at various fairs & markets.

Don't worry it is not some clandestine underground folding club, well I don't think it is anyway. Just a group of people passionate about the mathematical technicalities of folding paper as well as the beauty of the models themselves. Every quarter a magazine is published with origami news & articles, folded models and instructions. Take a look at their website as it is full of articles and information for the beginner and the expert.

This weekend, they are having their first convention in Scotland and it is at my old university halls, at Pollock Halls Edinburgh.

It is open to members and non members alike and there are guest speakers from all over the world. I am particularly excited about hearing the mathematics behind Toshikazu Kawasaki's folding theorems and seeing the models designed by some of the members.  If you can't make don't worry as I will be reporting back in September.

Hannah x


Last month through the wonderful world of Twitter I discovered  that an exhibition was opening in Glasgow by Foldability. Foldability was launched in May 2013 by Kyla McCallum  and specialises in product & packaging design based on Origami technology. Just the ticket for this origami lover, so the other weekend I took a trip out west to have a look.

exhibition blurb

The exhibition  took up a small corner on the 1st floor mezzanine in the central atrium and consisted of a large modular wall hanging and a series of the sculptural Sonobe light fittings. More of a display, it was small but perfectly formed as you might expect from an origami exhibition. However from first impressions it lacked a bit of drama. I guess it would take the average visitor less than a minute to "see" it all. Perhaps that was just the anticipation of having to wait until the second last day to visit meant my expectations were too high.

Sonobe lighting & wall hanging

The pieces themselves are made using a modular origami technique, folded paper units are repeated and interlocked to create an infinite number of shapes and geometries. The large wall hanging alone is made up of 4917 of these modules which are arranged in wheels of 6 so that the overall piece lies flat against the wall.

modules arranges in wheels of 6
modules lay in lines alternating point up/point down

In the light fittings the same modules are arranged in a mix of wheels of 6,5 or less to create a 3D shape.

by removing 1 modules from the wheel the pieces becomes 3D

(I first started to understand this geometry when attending an exhibition and talk presented by ASCUS exploring how mathematics & geometry can be found in crafts from Crochet to Patchwork. If you would like to find out more you can find Dr Julia Collins (@HaggisMaths) & Madelaine Shepherd (@MadeleineS) on Twitter or visit the Mathematicians Shirts blog.)

Lacking much in the way of discussion or explanation the exhibition was perhaps more interesting to those with an interest in origami and paper folding. On the other hand this is a commercial venture and they don't want to give too may of their secrets away. However, I am sure the casual visitor to the Lighthouse would have admired the creations none the less.

I will have more chat on the Lighthouse soon

Hannah x