A Mother’s Day Hexaflexagon

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If you haven’t yet, you should make sure to check out Vi Hart’s video on Hexaflexagons.

That video, plus her others ( Hexaflexagons 2 and Hexaflexagon Safety Guide) got me hooked on flexagons. They combine my interests in math, geometry, origami, and crafting in one project. They’re cool.

Last week I took a 24-hour end-of-semester celebration trip to NYC with one of my college friends. One of the stops on our trip was the Strand Bookstore, where I sifted through the entirety of the crafts section to try to find new patterns for papercrafting. I found Magic Books & Paper Toys, and was sold by it as soon as I saw it had an ENTIRE CHAPTER on crafting with flexagons! An entire chapter! She gives instructions and inspiration for hexaflexagons, square flexagons, and “magic wallet” flexagons.

Since it is Mother’s Day today, and I also wanted to practice my “flexagation,” I thought I would make my mom a hexaflexagon card. This is what I came up with.

I really like the way the hearts come together on some folds to make a flower, and others to make pairs of hearts (me and my mom). I’m excited to give it to her, and to show her how to fold and unfold the pattern. :) <3

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Origami Notes

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Origami Notes (click for link to pattern)

I really love folding origami. I love the feeling of the paper under my fingertips, and the way the paper holds the creases. I love the challenge of learning a new pattern, and the excitement when you finally get it to look the way you want it to.

I found this “love notes” pattern yesterday and made a few for a friend. I think they’re cool, and I like that even though I’ve only folded the pattern about 5 times, I’ve already memorized it. ;) I think it is actually the easiest pattern I’ve ever folded. Try it! If you think you can’t fold– you can.IMG_5655

I spent a little while trying to decide if it made sense to post an origami pattern on my math blog, and I think it does. I think learning origami patterns are kind of like solving math problems/proofs– there is one solution you are trying to get to, you know when you have gotten it, but you will take many wrong turns and many tries before getting it. Then, once you have, it is beautiful. <3

Also. I was talking to my math professor, and she was telling us about how she will be giving an “inspirational” talk to res life. I asked her if it was supposed to be about math, and she said: “Well. I think it’s supposed to be personal. So, since it is about my life, it will necessarily be related to math.” Yes.