I was excited when I was hired to make these big paper polyhedra, because I have a loooong personal history with these shapes that begins somewhere in California before I was born. One of my family’s stories involves my parents fighting over checking out the same book from the library (you know, you go to check out a book & someone’s already checked it out, so you place a hold and then the other person has to return the book immediately, that kind of thing). The book was Magnus Wenninger’s Polyhedron Models.
Although they had different approaches to it, building polyhedron models was a hobby my parents shared, and our house always had some of these models hanging from the ceiling or sitting on the mantel. For the last few years, I’ve been studying these shapes too, and have started building the models myself. It’s even more fun than it looks!1)If you want to try it out, I recommend Fr. Wenninger’s book mentioned above, or this awesome website. And they hold a lot of meaning and magic going back to the ancient Greeks. (I wrote a small book about it.)
Back in January, I made this set of 80 or so large paper gems (and a few paper airplanes) for Relevé Unlimited, an event planner in California2)All event photos here are from Relevé Unlimited. I love how she hung them in these mobiles & matched them with the candle holders. LOOKS FABULOUS!
80 polyhedra was a lot to make, but I really enjoyed the process. I even got Nick to help a bit, and carting all these things down to UPS to ship was hilarious.
We’re calling them “paper gems” because they’re reminiscent of crystal structures, a human imitation of natural geometry.
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