29 January 2013

thing-a-week 4

Last week, I worked on another kirigami piece, an experiment based on something I saw on Robert Sabuda's website. I figured that the model I imagined would work in theory, so, of course, I had to try it out.

Let's call it "Around the World".


  1. How do you make time for these, Kat? And have you ever thought of becoming an engineer or an architect?

  2. Hi, Lance! :)

    I doodle a lot in church (for some reason, I actually listen better when I'm doodling than when I'm not), and sometimes, buildings instead of random shapes come out. At other times, I see an interesting shape and let it stew until I have time to make something of it. I actually came up with the idea for this one a few months ago but didn't make time for it until last week.

    I usually make a final diagram at night, while watching TV or listening to music. I cut it in the morning, before I go to work. If there's time, I fold it also; otherwise, I do it when I get home.

    When we were kids, I never thought of becoming an engineer or an architect. I had one classmate who said he wanted to be an architect so that he could design houses, but I couldn't see what the big deal was about designing other people's houses. Maybe I just took it for granted that people's houses were built according to their fancies.

    Only after I started working on these paper buildings, learning about architecture, and then dealing with bad architecture myself as a renter did the idea of becoming an architect make sense to me. It makes me wonder how things might have been if I'd seen more unusual buildings as a kid. :) But, to become an architect now? I haven't given it serious thought, and the thought of 5-7 more years of education and training is kind of scary.

    1. I get the feeling that you do those things mindlessly—the cutting and the sketching and the folding. It's impressive. If and when you do become an architect, I won't be surprised if you'll make a great one.

    2. Aw, thanks. :)

      It's mindless in the sense that it's therapeutic and relaxing. It's also fun, like solving puzzles.