David Brill – International Origami specialist

I first met Kate Fox in July ’11 to discuss the launch of Slater Harrison’s Centura Pearl paper range. Her idea was to display the new paper using large origami stars and balls. 

Eventually, we agreed on two of my existing designs: these were to be made with lots of folded units techniques: the units are connected to form a large stable construction. Normally I try to make the results stable enough to hold together by folding alone, but it was soon clear that at the larger sizes required, they would need to be glued together to be made more secure. I hate glue! My hands get covered with the stuff, and it somehow always gets on the outside of the piece. More importantly I find that I cannot rework any errors I’ve made, once the glue has set. But my wife Assia, who is a lot more patient than I, helped me and gave me her views about how we could finish the job.

For strength, I decided to build a larger card armature over which the finished units could sit. We spent a couple of weeks in November working hard on the project, and the finished pieces were delivered on time. I’m relieved that the pieces traveled to Frankfurt without disintegrating! I was pleased with the result, and I think so were Kate and Brian Bogie (Slater Harrison). 

Some pictures of the project in progress here.

Try your hand at some origami yourself here: You can even try to build your OWN Centura Pearl ball which is here entitled 30º Fuse ball.

David Brill
February 2012

Visit David’s website at www.brilliantorigami.com

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