Maritza Granados Manjarrés

Professor of Aesthetics
Departmento de Estética, Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá, Colombia
This artistic work and architectonic approach is developed around the fold, and how it can be used as a device for creation. However, when the approach to the fold was made, and it was solved theoretically, an exploration on tessellations was made as the primary source to solve the folding patterns. From then on every object that has been modeled was thought as the result of one of the 28 tessellations described and drawn in mathematics literature (Aslaksen, 2010; Steinhaus 1999; Wells 1991). On the other hand, every piece was designed to fulfill at least two conditions: It must be able to be completely collapsed into flat origami, and it must be able to form a 3D model when closed by its ends. This experimentation had as a result of 15 models that can be seen on the website. As an evolution of that work a new set of models is in progress. An evolution that aims to make a more complex production by perforating the surface to reflect the tessellation used as a folding pattern.
Tessellated Filigree
30x50x50 cms (12x20x20 in.) Approx.
Laser Cutted Paper 180 gr.
2012
This work is part of the exploration that was made about tessellations and folded surfaces. The work, that was originally thought as an approximation to the space experience in architecture, was searching to understand changes in space through the concept of fold and how it could affect the way space is seen. However, in the process of designing the folding patterns, in order to fulfill the conditions required for each model, the exploration addressed numerous papers on the mathematics of Flat Origami and every piece shown here and on the web site meet all the criteria proposed by this type of origami. In addition, this work tries to reflect the tessellation pattern that gave the final form to the art work, through the perforation of the surface which gives the possibility of thinking the product as a fractal piece.
Caterpillar
30x50x50 cms (12x20x20 in.) Approx.
Laser Cutted Paper 180 gr.
2012