collection of fleeting.
fleeting moments. fleeting records of those fleeting moments.
when we are on the road, i swing like a pendulum between wanting to capture moments on camera to keep hold of; and then leaving the camera in my bag to experience those moments wholly to keep in memory only. on this last big trip though, we wanted by the end of the 4 months to have a good little collection of tangible moments of the journey. though we still sometimes forgot to pull out the fujifilm instax, we managed a good bundle of pics. because of the uncertain nature of instant film (there isn’t really any known lifespan of an instant photo), we wanted to keep them safe, but close to hand to revive fond memories of the trip.
inspired by accordion photo albums, i made this little pocket-sized number. going with a natural, minimal theme, i used brown kraft board, veg tan leather and balsa wood for the cover. since the balsa was so soft, i managed to sew the leather strip to the back cover to keep it in place. a collar stud and hole in the leather strip to keep the accordion folds closed… et voila… a super-easy mini-album.
the puzzle. modular origami construction.
once you have your dozens of modules, you’re ready to construct. it’s not such an easy thing to explain so hopefully the photos will speak loud enough.
the anatomy of a module
each module has 2 pockets and 2 inserts. when you start constructing, you’ll need to make sure that as you go along, every pocket is filled with an insert, and every insert goes into a pocket. each module will be in contact with 4 other modules.
continuing on from the module folding post…
p. your stack of 12 modules. they should make a neat pile if they’re all folded correctly. if they don’t, it means you may have missed a step or folded in the wrong direction.
q. start with 2 modules. slide into the pocket of one, the insert of the second.
r. make sure the insert goes all the way into the pocket to make it sturdier and therefore easier to work with as you go along.
s. rotate and add another module into the second.
t. bring the closest insert of the first module you started with and put it into the pocket of the last module you just added.
u. your first pyramid. you’ll need to keep looking to finish each new pyramid as you add more modules. there are 8 of these once you finish with your 12 modules.
v. just keep adding following the same idea of pockets and inserts.
w. x. y. when it looks like you’re ready to finish another pyramid, there’s probably an insert that’s waiting for that very pocket. remember you don’t have to keep adding new modules every time.
z. when working with 12 modules, this is what you’ll see – a 4 pointed star. with 30 modules, you want to make 5 pointed stars.
!. complete with all 12 modules in place!
evidently, it’s difficult to explain how it all comes together, especially after the first few modules. it’s one of those things that you really get once you get your hands on it. it’s really like a puzzle, trial and error. but once you get the hang of it, the options are endless!
where are you from?
thinking about my own story and of those of the people around me, i consider that we are all a little bit from everywhere. thinking about the journeys of our ancestors, our parents, and of course those journeys of our own. one day when T and i will have minis, it will be important for them to know and understand that they inherit parts of our combined stories, and will have roots in many places.
this idea gave me the inspiration to make a few personalised ori-globes as gifts for a few “new-parent” friends and their minis.
a simplified version of this project from 2011, i used copies of maps and selected areas of sentimental significance which i knew of my friends’ lives. such areas included where mama’s family came from, where papa was born, where mama and papa met, holidayed, married went on their honey moon and so on.
i like to imagine that one day, my friends will be able to point out the special places on the ori-globe and tell stories to their kids.
if you want to try this, it’s definitely worth making up a little template. using scrap paper, fold a few modules, enough so that a single module is fully connected. mark on that fully connected module what is visible when fully connected. remove the additional modules, undo the folds and cut away the areas you marked as visible. you can lay this on top of whatever you want to use to see what will be visible on your ori-globe. you’ll save yourself folding however many modules to realise that your significant bit of map, letter, photo, pic or quote is concealed under the fold of another module!
journey of looooove.
my artwork on a real-life invitation! eeeeeeee!
for friends whose love story spans across a decade, meeting on the slopes of Whistler in Canada, trying life in various other Canadian cities to find themselves marrying in her home town of Sydney. when N came to me with the idea and asked me to put something together, i was more than happy to oblige. i so much enjoyed drawing up the little icons for each place.
all the text is hand lettered with a copic medium brush tip multiliner. if you were to look in my file you’d find pages, pages and pages of the same words repeated over and over to get them just right. even then, i had to sprinkle a bit of adobe magic dust to polish them up. super fun project.
step by step or little by little.
an origami module.
a lot of my origami projects are based on a single, simple module. having tried to read origami diagrams for the first time as a kid, i found them confusing. sometimes even now i get stuck and wonder if the person who made the diagram even tested it out themselves. so i thought it might be helpful to do a photographic step-by-step…
a. start with a square. fold it in half.
b. (if you’ve got 2 sided paper, your face side should be down)
c. unfold to see your centre line. fold one side toward your centre line.
d. fold the other side the centre line.
e. should look like this.
f. flip it over.
g. fold your top right corner so it lines up with the upper left edge.
h. fold your bottom left corner so it lines up with the lower right edge.
j. fold your top edge down to it lines up with the centre line.
k. fold your bottom edge so it also lines up with the centre line.
l. flip it over.
m. fold your diamond shape in half.
n. should look like this.
o. unfold just a few steps to this. this is 1 x module.
now. repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat.
this is what modular origami is about… maybe i’m on my own with this, but i find the repetitive folding really calming.
modular construction with 12 pieces to come soon!
p.s. do you like doing puzzles?
turns out, it’s not just a sandwich.
what seems like an eternity ago, back in May, our friend Matthieu and T organised a mini world cup soccer/football comp here in Sydney.
we had something like 150 players, donning replica vintage jerseys from world cups passed. we talked about souvenir photographs and framing them to look like “paninis”. “sandwiches?”, you say? that’s what i said. if you’re an avid soccer/football fan (which sorry to say, i am not), you would know that paninis are the collectable sticker cards of all the teams and their players – with their portrait, name, stats and so on.
i was all over it.
with printing being the issue, instant photography was clearly the answer. this was a good enough reason, along with our upcoming travels, for me to buy the fujifilm instax mini 8. the minis were the perfect business card size to convert into our very own Vintage World Cup paninis.
i got onto illustrator and created a frame, somewhat inspired by the cards we had received school class photos presented in. because we had the list of players, we typed up name by name so every player really did have their own panini. we printed them on a medium weight card, spent a few nights trimming excess, cutting windows and scoring folds for easy-on-the-spot prep.
on the day, i was a walking, talking panini machine. many of the guys looked at me blankly when i asked to take their portrait. SO uninterested. it wasn’t until they saw what was being made with their portrait, that they showed kid-like excitement and appreciation. before long, they were lining up.
On the road.
From the last post earlier this year, we’ve passed through the months traveling to places far, far away, and now here I am, back in the seat of my desk at home.
Our journey was awesome and inspiring – a long time dream come true. I can’t even begin to tell you… so for now, this is just a little taste in insta format. Once we get through the bazillion photos, there’ll be more to see and stories to read.
I’ve got catch up posting to do with some projects I worked on pre-trip. I’m a sucker for chronological order…