This Instructable covers the basics on how to create semi-rigid fabric panels which can be customized and folded like origami. This technique produces three dimensional tessellated patterns from woven materials quickly and efficiently.

The following work is part of the prototyping phase in a student led project at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. The project team consists of three students including two architecture majors: Evan Bowman and Ryan Montgomery, and well as Vanina Howan of Fashion Design.

Step 1: Step 1: Materials and Patterns

Materials Needed:

1. Fabric. Linen was used in this instructable, but any fabric without a whole lot of stretch should work.
2. Thin rigid material: 1-ply chipboard was used, however anything thin and easy to cut will be sufficient.
3. Scotch tape.
4. Spray Adhesive.

1. Cutting Mat
2. Metal Ruler
3. Exacto Knife.
4. Scissors
5. Iron and Ironing board.
6. A pattern for folding. We used the book: "Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form" by Paul Jackson.

About This Instructable




Bio: Architecture student at California College of the Arts
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