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Folding Techniques for Designers by Paul Jackson

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8.    Crumpling

Crumpling is an exercise in controlled anarchy and an antidote to the geometry of the preceding chapters. It has a distinctive organic aesthetic that appeals to people who have a natural aversion to measured, geometric folding. It is also a technique much used by nature – think of flower petals that uncrumple as they open, our crumpled brains, crumpled rock strata and so on. What may at first seem to be a somewhat jokey folding technique could perhaps be the most profound. It is also the least explored and the least understood.

The essence of the technique is to carefully crumple a sheet to reduce its apparent size, then to expand ...

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