MATT SHLIAN FOLDS PAPER. That’s it, simply stated. But this is more than those origami swans you’ll see at some weddings. His work is a stunning collection of intricate and beautiful constructions.
Here’s what he says about his work:
“As a paper engineer my work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifest in drawings and three dimensional forms.
I use my engineering skills to create kinetic sculptures, which have led to collaborations with scientists at the University of Michigan. We work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures into micro folds. Our investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development.
Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals. I see their inquiry the as basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio, I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.
Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization. In this way I come to understanding through curiosity.”
That’s saying a lot. But perhaps you’ll find, as I did, that his work is more eloquent than he.
Click here to learn more about Shlian and his work. But before you do, feast your eyes on the following.
…is a lot faster and easier than doing a screenshot
of the entire screen—and then having to crop and resize it.
JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, I was working with a designer on a revamp of her newspaper. At one point, I used a keyboard shortcut to capture a screenshot of an element on my Mac. “Wait! What was that?” she asked. “What was what?” “What you just did.” “I took a screenshot of the nameplate.” “How did you do that?” “Whaddaya mean?” “How did you do that?” “Easy…Shift-Command-4.” “Oh…We’ve always had to do Shift-Command-3. Then we move it to Photoshop. Then we crop it. This is a lot faster!” “Yes it is.” “So…just Shift-Command-4, right?” “Yep. Shift-Command-4.” To learn more, go to the Finder help menu and type in “screenshot.” You’ll see an item that starts: “Shortcuts for taking pictures…” Check it out.
IT’S NOT Words with Friends, but then you’re competing against yourself—and that’s one of the reasons I don’t golf.
Regardless, here’s a color test that’s a fun way to check up on your ability to recognize colors.
‘Color’ requires players to use a color wheel to match exact colors. It starts with hues and saturation, but then becomes more difficult as it gets into analogous and triadic colors.
Give it a shot. It’s easer—and a lot less expensive—than golf.