Uyen Nguyen

New York City, New York, USA
Origami is my greatest passion. I created my first designs by experimenting with freehand folds on paper and seeing if I liked the results. My current work now involves precise calculations, and I generate the crease patterns for my designs on a computer. Mathematics, science, nature, and color theory serve as inspiration for all my works. I love all things bright and colorful, and paper is a great medium to express that love.
Cases of COVID in Creasing
Cases of COVID in Creasing
40 x 42 x 2 cm
stardream paper, photography
This work was created using an algorithm I developed while in isolation due to the pandemic. I detail the algorithm in my paper, "Folding Functions II: Methods for Mathematically Manipulating Miura-ori Models", which presents a method to design origami patterns that follow mathematical equations or graphical data. This pair of designs was modeled on the data for the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the United States (red, above) and New York (blue, below) from March 1, 2020 through January 20, 2021. The reference data I used to create these patterns is from The New York Times.