When I spend 40 hours on airplanes…

… I do something like this:

Collection of tessellations

Collection of tessellations

I like folding tessellations while traveling because they are easy to transport (small and mostly flat) and relatively repetitive to fold because of the repetition in the grid and symmetry of the pattern (and so possible to do when I’m tired). All of these are folded from squares of Elephant Hide paper, some painted with acrylic paint. This paper is great for tessellations because it holds up through a lot of folding and unfolding without getting mushy, which many of the more complicated tessellations require.These models are all folded directly from or adapted from Eric Gjerde’s book Origami Tessellations.

Here are some close-up images of some of the tessellations:

Negative Space Stars, designed by Eric Gjerde

Negative Space Stars, designed by Eric Gjerde

Star Puff Tessellation, designed by Ralf Konrad

Star Puff Tessellation, designed by Ralf Konrad

Aztec Twist, designed by Eric Gjerde

Aztec Twist, designed by Eric Gjerde

3.4.6.4, designed by Eric Gjerde

3.4.6.4, designed by Eric Gjerde

Layered squares, adapted from Christine Edison's Modern Blue

Layered squares, adapted from Christine Edison’s Modern Blue

Reverse-engineered/adapted from Christine Edison's Roundabout

Reverse-engineered/adapted from Christine Edison’s Roundabout

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