Seen on the Street


Breaking the smooth surface, his head pops out of an upper plane, while several cymbals  pop out of others. An avenue near the top is deeply inset between arcs of step-like folds. Those arcs surround the busker and the viewer, placing us inside of a little urban niche.

All the cut lines are gentle curves, so as to emphasize  the centering effect of the curvilinear perspective, itself the effect of using a wide-angle camera lens. Fold lines always need to be straight in the one-piece kirigami format.

Turning the piece vertically, you would see this:


This work is the second part of my original series (also see Airshow).

This photo ocured in a news report about a band called Urban Funk Machine.

Printed on Red River 80 lb. Luster Card Duo #1986 in an Epson SC-P600.

All rights reserved by William M. James © 2018 .

Imagine that!

This Kirigami is bit of a mechanical puzzle: how can this airy thing be folded up from one piece of paper?  I had found this interesting model on Pinterest:


As a novice paper folder, I wanted to diagram the underlying architecture of this piece. Once I had grasped its plan, just to make sure that I had really understood it, I added a fourth floater:


Notice the lines behind it? That’s the blueprint for cutting and folding it. It’s  clearly shown here:


The pop-up action mechanism is revealed by comparing this diagram to this partially folded state:


This material is Frosted Gold, Canford Card; I think it would also look cool in sheet brass. The diagram is available from me upon request.

My learning curve has been greatly eased since I’ve started using an extension called Origami in Adobe Illustrator. It simulates folding of the working model (here, the ‘top’ is to the right):


It can zoom, tilt and rotate the working model. Mistaken lines in one’s structural diagram are all specifically located, so it is a  great tool for self-directed study.