The geometry of leaf folding

May 24, 2007 on 6:42 pm | In Day to Day, References, Oribotics | No Comments

It’s amazing what you can find out there, here I am, an artist working with robotics and origami, working on a new oribotic design, thinking about leaves. I turn to research for inspiration, and I start to follow a trail from the 2nd Origami Art and Science conference proceedings. It’s Biruta Kresling. I get the strong feeling that she’s understood the lines of thought ahead of me and is seeking these ideas in nature for design inspiration.

Then googling Biruta Kresling’s work on analysing natural structures for inherant folding patterns and design I came across The geometry of unfolding tree leaves by H. Kobayashi and others. Biruta is one of those others.

The essay presents me with a picture, and I can immediately imagine a robotic leaf, and I say to myself - ‘That’s it!’

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