Concentric-Circles: Curved Folding

In the 1920s and 1930s, Josef Albers, the Bauhaus artist, taught a series of design workshops where students were given the exercise of forming 3D objects entirely by paper folding. When I was researching the topic for my thesis, I came across an image that showed an uncut disk of paper with concentric mountain-valley folds. The folded shape didn’t lay flat, but rather had undergone an extreme contortion and had formed into a saddle shape much like the one I recreated below. The other images follow the same concentric-circle concept, however, the middle has been punched out allowing the form to flow freely through the center and twist naturally. Many of these concentric-circle sculptures are visually clean and mysterious, simultaneously geometric and unexpected.

The 'Albers Effect'

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