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Thoughts about the Novacon Art Show [Apr. 14th, 2007|05:02 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Prompted by someone else posting pictures of her artwork, and having been thereby reminded that she was in the art show last year, I've been thinking.

I've done origami workshops at conventions before. In fact I'm down to do one at Year of the Teledu. I restocked on paper at the Japanese Shop in Chester during Eastercon, and I've been folding again.

Those models are all folded from squares about two inches on a side, which means they're mostly between a quarter and a half an inch across (say six to twelve mm in the new money).

Questions: Is it worth me putting something together for the Novacon art show? Is it at all likely that anyone would want to bid, on something that I'd routinely give away free in the bar anyway? Should I attempt something particularly complex for the show?

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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-04-14 08:58 pm (UTC)
There's two factors. The paper needs to hold its shape when flat, for the distance from one fold to the next. This means that larger models have to have stiffer paper. But if the paper's too stiff then it's harder to get it to hold a crisp fold, and crispness of the fold is vital if the location of the fold is precise -- if the fold itself occupies much real space in the paper, then the model loses its shape too easily and some models simply don't work unless individual folds actually stay flat without extra help.

These bits of paper are about two inches square -- I also have similar paper in five-inch squares and seven-inch squares. About the limit in size is about a foot square, if you're using paper that's thin enough to fold accurately -- so if you take a square off the end of an A3 piece of paper, that's about as large as you'd want to use.
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