I have to confess to be largely untroubled by the appeal of crease patterns, but of late have actually been trying a few and finding them curiously stimulating! I feel this is not simply due to the intellectual challenge, but because a central part of my creative process is the sequencing of a model. Basically, when I create, it’s largely intuitive and experimental.

When a completed design emerges, I then need to discover a “good” folding sequence. This should be elegant, satisfying, efficient and above all, teachable. This part of the process involves a great deal of folding/unfolding, looking at how the creases combine and in what order. In essense, the same way I approach a crease patttern challenge.

Needless to say, my simple efforts are not going to cause many sleepless nights to Mr Lang, but perhaps for someone new to CPs, this may give you a toe in the door. Remember, a “good” sequence puts the right creases in the right orientation, so don’t just get a result, work on the folding sequence as well. This will have a bonus result of you learning the model very effectively.

The model itself is a simple sailboat, which happens to be “iso-area” (in its most primitive form!) – one side will be white, the other coloured.  It is also “pureland” – only valley or mountain creases required.

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