Folding Techniques for Designers From Sheet to Form

Author(s): Paul Jackson

Architecture / Design | Design

Many designers use folding techniques in their work to make three-dimensional forms from two-dimensional sheets of fabric, cardboard, plastic, metal and many other materials. This unique book explains the key techniques of folding, such as pleated surfaces, curved folding and crumpling. An elegant, practical handbook, it covers over 70 techniques explained by clear step-by-step drawings, crease pattern drawings and specially commissioned photography. This book is accompanied by a CD containing all the crease pattern drawings.

A while ago I purchased Folding Techniques for Designers by Paul Jackson. I'm in the process of working my way through this, and it's an excellent tool. A book about folding paper into 3D structures, it helps you understand the properties of paper and the intricacies of 3D construction, starting with simple folding through to complex structures. I think that this is an intriguing and useful book for anyone constructing 3D forms, irrespective of your usual material of choice. - Stella


Folding Techniques for Designers by Paul Jackson is an intriguing book about folding paper into 3-dimension form. The introductory text by Jackson offers an insight into his philosophy and process. The instructions are clearly illustrated with photographs and diagrams. This is a book for anyone working in 3D and will extend your understanding and practice of form. - Stella

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Paul Jackson has been a professional paper folder and paper artist since 1982 and is the author of 30 books on paper arts and crafts. He has taught the techniques of folding on more than 150 university-level design courses in the UK, Germany, Belgium, the US, Canada and Israel. These include courses in Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Jewellery, Product Design, Packaging, Ceramics, Industrial Design, Fine Art, Basic Design and Interior Design. He has also taught many workshops in museums, arts centres and festivals and has worked as 'folding consultant' for companies such as Nike and Siemens.

1. Basics 1.1 Divisions 1.2 Symmetrical Repeats 1.3 Stretch and Skew 1.4 Using Different Polygons 2. Basic Pleats 2.1 Accordion Pleats 2.2 Knife Pleats 2.3 Box Pleats 2.4 Progressive Pleats 3. Other Pleats 3.1 Spiral Pleats 3.2 Closed Pleats 3.3 Twisted Pleats 4. V-Pleats 4.1 Making By Hand 4.2 Variations 4.3 Multiple Vs 4.4 Grid Vs 4.5 Cylindrical Vs 4.6 Complex Surfaces 5. Spans and Parabolas 5.1 X-form Spans 5.2 V-fold Spans 5.3 Parabolas 6. Boxes and Bowls 6.1 Boxes: Flat Box, Gusset Box, Square Gusset Box, Hemmed Box, Hemmed Box Variations, Masu Box, Masu Box Variations, Facted Box 6.2 Bowl Forms 7. No Crease, One Crease 7.1 No Crease 7.2 One Crease 8. Crumpling 8.1 The Basic Technique 8.2 Parallel Crumples 8.3 Rotational Crumpling 8.4 Crumpling Pre-made 3D Forms 9. How to Develop Your Own Folding

General Fields

  • : 9781856697217
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Contains Paperback and CD-ROM
  • : February 2011
  • : 220mm X 220mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

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  • : 224
  • : 575 illustrations
  • : Paul Jackson
  • : Mixed media product
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