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Posted: 21st October 2012

Although in Iltalian, this is the best 'how to..' video for making Hexaflexagons:


27 December 2012

While I have been doing my assignment I have been drawn to these shapes. Hexaflexagons are folded pieces of paper that when done in a certain was can continuously fold in on themselves and in hexahexaflexagons in different and unexpected repeating patterns.

I was drawn to their shape and also how they cut up an image. I tried the shape with the pieces of work that the members had done for the exhibition, while also incorporating words and quotes about how they felt on the hidden side. I really like how they matched the shapes exactly, but also how you had to interact with them and 'discover' what people's thoughts were.

In my original plans I had intended to create several of these to create a 'hexafleagon snow-dome-cube' within in one of the photocubes - a hex-cube!

In the end as I had three cubes, I didn't get to make the hex-cube. I felt that my discussion had move elsewhere and wouldn't really have made sense, but did includes some hexaflexagons in the final hand-in.

While experimenting with these shapes for the assignment I also used them to explore ideas with another project on the CWS (Co-operative Wholesale Society).

As being part of a studio co-operative we had been approached by the Co-operative Membership to design some postcards that would be on sale at the international conference – Co-operatives United at Manchester Central in October 2012. The brief was to create an image inspired by the CWS posters, history or the guiding principles of Co-operation in general.

I visited the Co-operative archives and used some of the images from there to create some hexaflexagons. I like the idea of it being a hexagon – with connotations of bees, hives and collectives. But also because it used and helped me to view the advertising posters in a different way.

Although visually the images of posters were strong, bold and aesthetically pleasing they didn’t really say a lot conceptually – they were just about selling things. Through breaking the images up into something ‘altered’ I was able to see them differently.

In the end, these were just experiments, as I used the hexagons in a different way to explore the 7 guiding principles of the co-operation. But, through this investigation into different shapes and pieces of image I was able to come to these designs.

! - This approach could work very nicely in groups too – embedding maths, shapes and problem solving too.

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