|Shadowfolds / Jeffrey Rutzky & Chris K. Palmer|
Kodansha America, c2011
I came across this book recently, mentioned by someone else -- even though it's more than a decade old, I'd never heard of it. So I requested it via Interlibrary Loan, and I'm so glad I did! It is so inspiring -- and a bit overwhelming too! The amazing techniques shared here are beautiful and half the time I was astonished at how they were able to create the effects they did.
It's a work between two men who are both origami artists, at different levels of experience. They've created a system of folding fabric which is essentially origami based, but with many new features due to the nature of fabric. They do recommend a lightweight, crisp fabric like muslin, linen, voile or even organza, with some experience first. The authors suggest different ways to use these designs, and there's a feature on a designer who used this technique in a runway show -- so it is possible to add some of these fabric manipulations to garments, if you can find the right match.
The series of folds are done according to a specific dot pattern, and the joins are stitched together (reminding me quite a bit of smocking) and then the folds and gathers are manipulated and pressed in order to get the paper-like results. Many of the pieces are made to be hung in a window, or as a screen, or lampshade, in order to show off the shadow patterns of the design -- some designs are shown in four views: front and back opaque, and front and back translucent, and it's astonishing how different they look with a light source behind them, it's like a hidden design appears. There are 15 projects shared, ranging from small beginner ones to large and complex.
I'm not sure I will try many of these projects, simply because of time, but I have noted a few that I'd like to experiment with. There is a pattern for a book cover that appeals to me, and is small enough not to be too intimidating. I think I may give that a go, and see if I can get my head around this complex process. There is also a pattern for a pillbox hat with a star fold on the top. I think that would be really cool, too!
This is a book I'd like to own, so that I could try the designs slowly and as I have interest. Might have to look further for my own copy :)