Folding paper to create engaging shapes has been done by people all over the world for many years. Many people start out with turning a piece of paper into an airplane or crane. Others take it further with origami. Today, some designers are making functional items such as lamps out of the paper-like material Tyvek. One such creative individual is Jiangmei Wu, and she recently had her "incredibly intricate sculptures that glow from within" featured in a Gizmodo article
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The technique Wu uses to create her masterpieces is quite unique. According to the Gizmodo articel, her technique "is the result of an impressive mix of old and new techniques; she designs patterns using Illustrator and AutoCAD that are then digitally creased by a vinyl cutter." When asked why she uses Tyvek, Wu told Material Concepts that "it took me a while to find the right type of material for my product.
I have ordered many samples from various companies and was very happy to find the material I need from you guys. I was looking for something that was durable and tear free and will be able to transmit light evenly. I was also looking for something that was rigid and yet foldable, just like paper. The structural Tyvek therefore becomes my ideal choice." It's amazing that Wu can look at a sheet of Tyvek and visualize how it can be made into a lamp, and then actually turn it into that lamp.
Wu's marvelous work has been featured in multiple exhibits . Her take on geometric figures is certainly one-of-a-kind. Her creations are a wonderful combination of glamor and sophistication. To see other works by Jiangmei Wu visit her website
. The photos here were provided by Ms. Wu and used with permission.
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