One aspect of my translucent fabrics workshop I haven’t done much with is fabric manipulation. I decided to remedy that by taking out some library books on fabric folding.
As I endeavored to follow the illustrated directions I had a flashback to a childhood Christmas present – a pack of origami paper with a book of directions. I lusted after that crane and loved the brightly colored paper squares with the one white side. Despite all my efforts at careful measuring and folding, my results resembled nothing more than fun house mirror versions of the crane, the swan, etc. I couldn’t even make a good pinwheel.
Some things don’t change. That includes my ability to follow directions for careful folding and tucking. I’d start out fine and get to step 3, where I was to rotate my piece 90 degrees. Then, the illustration would show a triangle that wasn’t mentioned in the written directions. What? To add to the confusion, the photographs used dark purple batik fabric where I couldn’t tell the right from the wrong side.
The only book I was able to follow, probably because no rotation was involved, was Rami Kim’s Folded Fabric Elegance. Kim works mostly with silk and makes intricately detailed clothing with all sorts of cunning pleats and folds. It’s not to my taste but I admire the amount of work that went into the creations.
This panel could find its way into a bag or a dimensional quilt. Who knows, maybe someday I can achieve 3D effects like June Barnes does.