Flow, elasticity, parcels of space

Upward, downward and forward flows

Right-angled reliefs

These Ulligami formats generally do not entail a major pivot axis of rotation for the piece.

Locomotive on 3X3 Obloid
Locomotive on 3X3 Obloid

 

In this cinematic treatment, with a foreshortened perspective, smoke shoots aloft to the treetops as the engine speeds toward the camera. Accentuating the mobilization, the smoke is floating atop 3D prisms, while the narrow central gap in the circles suggest two quick frames taken in instantaneous succession. To exaggerate the animation:

Steam Loco - 3X3 Obloid

The GIF animation can capture horizontal, vertical or mixed rotations. Both are limited in comparison to actual binocular experience of the real models. For example, two GIFs of color swooshes (on a 5X5 Eck Cross Ullagami), and below it, two GIFs of a rock climber (on 5X5 Obloid Spiral Ullagami):

Color swooshes - vertical panvertical pivot

Swooshes on 5X5 Eck Cross - horizontal turn

horizontal pivot

Rock climber on 5X5 Obloid spiral - vertical pivot
Rock climber on 5X5 Obloid spiral – vertical pivot

Climbers on 5X5 Obloid spiral, H pivot

 

 

When one holds such models in one’s hands. the natural thing is to want move it every which way, to explore the emergent parcels of space and their mutual perspectives.

‘Zebra’s eye’ (on 7X7 Zigzag Ullagami) conjures free-form elastic the stripes like rubber bands projecting across the tops of a zigzag relief of delicate paper bands.

Zebra eye

Below is ‘Star Clipper’ (on 3X3 Obloid), as pictured from my precarious seat on top of the bowsprit (at the very front end of the ship). We were then under sail toward Grand Canary Island in the Atlantic Ocean. The model’s setbacks seem to heighten the loftier upper sails.

Star Clipper - 3X3 Obloid

Star Clipper from bow

 

Here’s a pair of Olympic Ice skaters doing a very difficult thrown jump (also on 5X5 Obloid spiral Ullagami). She is smiling while spinning two meters up in midair !

Skate throw jump 5X5 Obloid Spiral
Pairs event skaters do a throw jump – 5X5  Obloid Spiral Ullagami
Woman rocky perch
Emma in Italy – 9X9 Obloid Zigzag Ullagami

 

Emma_May_9_2014_Italy
Original photo

Here is a landscape, shown both right side out and inside out. The photo was taken on a country lane in the fall. Although the normally folded piece is the more sculptural, the inversion piece opens up inwardly, orienting the beholder within it, and confronting more active folks with a challenging hike. 

Orange trees 7X7 Spiral + fold
Lane in Fall on 7X7 Spiral Ullagami – normal folding
Orange Trees 7X7 Spriral -Fold
Lane on 7X7 Spiral Ullagami – inverted folding
Ornage symmetric tree road Japan
Photo found on Pinterest

The next piece is reverse-folded, and like that above, although it is less  sculptural, this inversion piece opens up inwardly, orienting the beholder within its spaces. 

Antelope Canyon, UT - KopiSusu - inverse fold

The Wave Utah
The Wave, Utah

Obliquely tessellated reliefs – Torsion Ullagamis

The following pieces are photo transformations into the Torsion series. 

Very gentle seepage of seawater is implied by elevation with the Torsion 5 Ullagami. The photo is of my partner Betsy’s feet once seen on Cannon Beach in Oregon (the shiny blob is a jellyfish):

Feet On Beach - Torsion 3
Betsy’s feet – Torsion 5 Ullagami

 

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Torsion 5 Ullagami
Stamps 1 Torsion 3
Hearts and Minds. Custom rubber stamps on Torsion 5 Ullagami

Here is a photo of the Potomac River near my Maryland home. The scene is colonial era fish ladder built in a side channel. I rotated and mirrored Guy Petzall’s Torsion 3 Ullagami,  to align it to the flow of the current, which gushes forward.

Potomac River Chute - Torsion 3
Potomac River on Torsion 3 Ullagami
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Torsion 3 Ullagami
Rock Climber v2 Torsion 3
Photo credit: climbing-beauty.tumblr.com on Vexilloid Ullagami

GIFs were made by me using the program, Webrotate 360 SpotEditor, available for free at http://www.webrotate360.com/360-product-viewer.html

All Ullagami patterns used were purchased at Guy Petzall’s Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ullagami

All works shown are © William James, 2015.. Creative Commons License Type BY  Attribution

Infra spaces, incipient axes

There are people who cut and fold paper, or who manipulate photos in the third dimension. So, who has put both methods together? Here, you’ll find unusual pieces which are a hybrid of photo ‘covers’ with reliefs made by a paper cut and fold process. The designer of the specific 3D forms now being used, Guy Petzall, has named them Ullagamis  https://www.facebook.com/ullagami/info/?tab=page_info. (His are made from unimprinted paper).

A curious proposition arose in my mind: how would one begin to develop a hybrid process to create pieces which are more than the sum of their parts (not less!). So, here’s a small taste of what I’ve learned from having superimposed about 26 different photos on eleven different 3D Ullagami reliefs.

Somehow, a photo of a photo cover on a 3D relief seems to reduce the dimensionality that was gained in the process to less than nothing. So rather than show still photos of these pieces, I’ve made these GIF animations to try to display their special qualities.

 

2014 Olympic Silver Medalist Yuna Kim printed on Vexilliod Zigzag Ullagami.
2014 Olympic Silver Medalist Yuna Kim printed on Vexilliod Zigzag Ullagami.

The piece shown above uses a photo of 2014 Winter Olympic Silver Medalist Yuna Kim as re-imagined on Guy’s “Vexilliod Zigzag” Ullagami. 

Vexillo ZigZag 2

Kim Yu-na
Original photo

Vexilliod Zigzag Ullagami.

 

This Ullagami was a great match to the photo. Ms. Kim twists her body, containing all the torque of the power stroke within her compact core. The prisms gathered below her lift and thrust her upward and forward. A pivot axis emerges which aligns with her dynamic body core. A melding of 2D/3D forms visually harmonizes a complex array of implicit forces.

Mandala 1 Pieces

Stone stairs floral bed on Mandala 1
Stone stairs floral bed on Mandala 1

Likewise on a diamond framework, the piece above has instead a calm, contemplative dynamic. The image of a stone staircase arising between two flower beds is grafted on a pattern called “Mandala 1”.  The relief dimension draws the eye, and implicitly also the viewer’s body, forward and upward across many horizontals through the garden and into the trees. Further harmony emerges in the orderly proportionality of the steps in the image to those in the relief.

Mandala 1

 

Mandala 1 Ullagami

More pieces on Mandala 1 are here:

Marbles Dipole - Mandala 1
Marbles Spirals on Mandala 1 Ullagami

Here is a double-sided piece composed of ‘right side out’ and ‘inside out’ components, nested together back to back. The paper form seems interestingly to associate with the picture as a novel (spider) web. Positive and negative spaces emerge and bind upon the incipient axis.

Spider H Pivot Mandala 1
Colorful Spider on Mandala 1 Ullagami
Wonder Woman Mirrors
Wonder Woman, Menace of the Mirrors on Mandala 1 Ullagami

Mandala 2 pieces

 

Guy’s “Mandala 2” pattern is also based on a diamond, but this one’s a bit oblique. It reminded me of looking upward at something. The photo is an up view of a bridge tower with its cable stays.  The stays pop out on the surface of the relief and seem to be almost physically stretched, something like a stringed instrument.

Cable Stay Bridge tower on Mandala 2
Cable Stay Bridge tower on Mandala 2
Mandala 2
Mandala 2 Ullagami

Here are some more mandala 2 pieces.

Cactus Whorl - Mandala 2
Succulent Growth on Mandala 2 Ullagami

Inversion of the spider (above) is carried one step further in this panoramic view inside a long spiral staircase. There is no positive perspective that would be associated with normal visual experience. The spaces above and below the viewpoint spiral into empty space, and an inverted piece best represents that kind of visual experience.

Spiral Stain Pan INVERTED on Mandala 2

The original image (found on Pinterest) looked like this:

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GIFs were made by me using the program, Webrotate 360 SpotEditor, available for free at http://www.webrotate360.com/360-product-viewer.html

All Ullagami patterns used were purchased at Guy Petzall’s Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ullagami

All composite works (photo & relief) shown are © William James, 2015. Creative Commons License Type BY  Attribution