Stars and Squares Tessellation

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Folding instructions: Stars and Squares Tessellation
Related posts: Coloring Paper with Inkjet Printer
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Other folds and variants: Stars and Squares (gift-wrapping paper), Stars and Squares (diagonal grid)
Paper: Elephant Hide (colored using inkjet printing)
Type: classic tessellation, tessellated stars (implies: abstract, geometric, pattern, star, symbol, abstract periodic tessellation, non-recursive periodic tessellation, periodic tessellation, tessellation)
Author: Michał Kosmulski, Shuzo Fujimoto (independent design)
Colors: purple/pink
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Yet another fine example of me reinventing the wheel. After I designed this pattern, I found out it had been already published — in 1982 (!) — by no less than Shuzo Fujimoto. According to the description of this model, folded by Raymonde Bonnefille, the crease pattern can be found in Fujimoto’s “Invitation to Creative Playing with Origami”. Since I don’t have the book and could not find any name for this tessellation, I refer to it by the name I planned for my “original” design, Stars and Squares.

Folding is very simple: the squares are just Kawasaki/Square Twists and the stars are the same twists with the radial angles of the squares bisected and tucked below each other (this process is called pursing — thanks for your remarks, Robin Scholz). Each molecule requires a 4×4 grid, so the whole model featured here uses a 24×16 grid. This is a pretty good model to teach tessellations to beginners: it’s not much harder than plain Square Twists but looks much more interesting.

Folded from Elephant Hide paper, inkjet-colored magenta. More about this coloring method in a separate blog post.

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