• The parabola is an interesting shape that can take on many forms
  • Opposing points of the square form an arc
  • The squares get smaller towards the center of the plane
  • From the side the parabola looks twisted
  • The vellum really picks up the light and highlights the creases
  • This vellum also has a faint lined print that adds to the overall intrigue

I first saw the model for the Hyperbolic Parabola in Paul Jackson’s book, The Complete Origami Course, which if you’ve read my bio you’ll know was the book that made me fall in love with origami. I remember seeing the design and thinking that the day I could fold it I would most certainly be a master origamist. Well it turns out the joke’s on me because it’s actually quite a simple model to fold. It’s something even a beginner could do if taught correctly, it just looks really daunting. The model is a series of concentric squares of alternating valley and mountain folds. The tension in the paper is what pulls the model into the parabolic shape; it will start to collapse into place as you reinforce your creases near the end of the build.

The parabola is a true art piece and it pairs well with the vellum here which is both sturdy and translucent. If you look closely the vellum has a faint lined print which plays upon the mountains and valleys of the creases and add to the visual intrigue.

Diagram Credits

Hyperbolic Parabola by Paul Jackson & John Emmet
  • 1 units
  • 1 planes
  • 8 x 8 inch square

Materials

Patterned vellum

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