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The FLA collection is inspired by geometric surface textures founded in the nature such sea shells, plants, and other organisms. The natural geometric forms are then graphically abstracted using original origami compositions. To begin with the process I experimented by hand only with paper of small sizes and simple patterns. Paper pieces were later grafted together to create a more complex design, again by hand only. The resulting crease design was drawn in computer programs like AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator, and was then sent to a Graphtec vinyl cutter to digitally cut and crease. Each paper piece was finally folded and assembled in various geometric three-dimensional forms by hand. All of the FLA works are illuminated by LED lights, which are energy efficient and give off little heat. 

My next step in this project will be that of investigating how to work the folds on a larger architectural scale. I’m interested in experimenting with ways to change the properties of a large scale structures, not using a clever new material, but using a standard material with folded texturing on its surface, such as paper, sheet metal, polypropylene, or any other foldable materials. It will be interesting to see if the structural envelopes of our buildings can be deployable by utilizing folding mechanisms. Generative digital design tools, as well as large-scale digital fabrication tools, will be employed to further my design and research efforts.

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