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Strip Origami, Geometric Paper Constructions with Snapology

Personal Interest in Low-Tech Crafts Making
Lecture & Inclass [Online]
İstanbul Bilgi University, ComputationBased_BasicDesign
Distance Design Education
December 12, 2020



I love low-tech and making by hand.  I am fascinated by paper works, too! Strip Origami is based on folding strips of paper using a special technique developed by Heinz Strobl. Known as “Snapology”, the technique employs the two most basic folds in origami—the valley fold (fold up to make a Vshape) and the mountain fold (fold behind to make a upside-down V-shape) to build 3D geometric paper constructions of durability and more complex ones. By simply changing the length and number of strips that we use, it is possible to create different 3d geometric systems.

In the final assignment called “New Year’s Lanterns”, students are asked to question relationships between geometry, light and material through designing and building a 3D self-standing structural system. I thought that different from past semesters, because of the pandemic 2020, students have limited time to gou out and search for materials. and what about to introduce them Snapology? 

Snapology became one of the techniques introduced to them by me with a lecture and inclass work. As a start, I have demonstrated how to make a paper-strip model based on a Platonic solid. We created  a polyhedra called icosahedron. An icosahedron is made of made up entirely of triangles, and each vertex is a ring of five triangles. Then, we had the chance to experience a polyhedra as a structural component. For this step, we created another Platonic solid called tetrahedron, and using it, we built a wire-frame dodecahedron.

Snapology is  a technique of making in which they could experience the light-weight paper, acetate sheet or cardboard without using any adhesive or tape! Quite satisfactory results are reached at the end and I share them below. 

*Studio Works built using the technique of snapology
in a volume of 180000 cm3, about 70 cm in diameter 

students: Jülide Özarıcı, Deniz Kantar, Furkan Güneş, Erdem Bozkurt

* Studio critics to the final assignment are given together with Bahar Avanoğlu and Meral Erdoğan