Faye E Goldman

Origami Artist
Origami USA
Ardmore, PA, USA

I have been doing origami since elementary school. I was drawn to modular origami by its structure and mathematical properties. This is the medium in which I work. More recently, I found the Snapology technique by H. Strobl, which allows creativity with very few rules using only strips of material. I like to use beautiful ribbon which seems to add another dimension to my work. Snapology has allowed me to dig deeply into mathematical shapes. It has provided insights into mathematical concepts and ideas. In 2014 I wrote, 'Geometric Origami', published by Thunder Bay Press. It is the first book completely dedicated to the Snapology technique. The bottom line is that I make these wonderful works because they look really cool.

Series of Rhombic Polyhedra
30 x 30 x 15 cm
Polypropylene ribbon

I love using the Snapology technique to make polyhedra. This series of models, based on Platonic solids, is built using only rhombi. The grouping of rhombi, which represent each face of the base solid, share a vertex (star) in the center made of 2n rhombi, where n is the number of sides of the model’s Platonic face. An additional 2n rhombi are added around the vertex. Then a final rhombus is added to each edge. The vertices of the initial polygon have 3 or 4 rhombi. I find it is fascinating that with these simple rules, vertices appear with 3, 4, and 5 rhombi.