Joel Cooper creates masks and figures that seem inspired by cast bronze sculptures, but with incredible geometric textures, these folded masks are made entirely from single sheets of paper using a folding method called “tessellations” where an elaborate grid is first folded into a hexagon-shaped piece of paper.
Joel’s creations can be purchased on Zibbit and Etsy. Check a very cool explanation of Tessellations here. Via thisiscolossal
A tessellation is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. In mathematics, tessellations can be generalized to higher dimensions.
Some special kinds of tessellations include regular, with tiles all of the same shape; semi-regular, with tiles of more than one shape; and aperiodic tilings, which use tiles that cannot form a repeating pattern. The patterns formed by periodic tilings can be categorized into 17 wallpaper groups.
In computer graphics, the term “tessellation” is used to describe the organization of information needed to renderto give the appearance of the surfaces of realistic three-dimensional objects.
In the real world, a tessellation is a tiling made of physical materials. Such tilings may be decorative patterns
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