Floppy Disk (Square Interlace Bitmap Tessellation)

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Folding instructions: Square Interlace Tessellation
Main model description: Square Interlace Tessellation
Other folds and variants: Tessellated Bracelet (Square Interlace Tessellation), Square Interlace Tessellation (from Elephant Hide paper), Square Interlace Box, Patched Square Interlace Tessellation, Square Interlace Tessellation (undulated), Square Interlace Tessellation with Curled Corners
Paper: Elephant Hide
Type: IT-related, origami painting, pixel art (implies: figurative tessellation, figurative, tessellation)
Author: Michał Kosmulski
Colors: brown and beige
In albums: Showcase

Images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Floppy disks are pretty much obsolete by now but there was a time when they were state-of-the-art in personal computer storage, and they live on in the Save icon found in most of today’s applications.

I folded this 3.5” floppy as a test of my newest idea in bitmap tessellations — the Square Interlace Bitmap Tessellation. The rough pixels are made from my Square Interlace Tessellation, with each molecule of the tess (6×6 grid units) representing a 2×2 pixel block. A smooth pixel is made by modifying one quadrant of a molecule.

Folding on this model is not very clean since I was testing how small a grid is still workable. Here, a 32×32 grid was folded from a 21 cm square of Elephant Hide. It’s foldable, but it gets messy, and the smooth pixels, which have many layers of paper, are so thick they wouldn’t lay reasonably flat if it were not for wet folding.

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