After Swirlygig, I began working on devising cuts for more intricate and complicated cards, spurred on by catching glimpses of Ian Cards, and discovering another ‘source’ of the cards, Allen Rolfs (website, anyone?).
PLEA: I have been trying to find a copy of ‘Impossible Folding’ by Allen Rolfs for quite some time now. If anyone knows where I can get ahold of a copy, please let me know!
So, this post will be more imitation Ian Cards, and the next post will likely be some of the Rolfs cards that I have been working on. So; on with the cards!
So, these two cards work on very similar principles. The one on the left is quite a complicated and fiddly cut, as well as a delicate folding process, but is a very attractive card due to its high-order of visual complexity. I have seen people study this card for quite some time to get a feel for it.
The card on the right is another card that uses this technique, but is much simpler to behold. The symmetry of the resultant card gives a wonderful illusion of the middle of the card somehow not being attached to the rest of it. A lovely card to cut, fold, and view.
These cards are quite different in the way that they work, but both use the full visual space of the card. Wide cuts and quite open folds lead to very visually effective objects. I usually give people these cards when they’ve not seen Wow Cards before, and ask them to unfold them, or notice how they are folded. People soon get the subtleties!
I hope that you have enjoyed these cards, and can see the progression of my work on these cards, and how I am starting to work on more complicated cards. Again, a Hat Tip to Ian Rowland (http://www.ianrowland.com) and to Allen Rolfs.