Jiangmei Wu

Jiangmei Wu


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>>MY NAME IS JAMA WOO AND I AM >>MY NAME IS JAMA WOO AND I AM
AN ARTIST AND DESIGNER LIVING IN AN ARTIST AND DESIGNER LIVING IN
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA. BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA.
SO I GREW UP IN CHINA IN 1970s SO I GREW UP IN CHINA IN 1970s
DURING THE TIME [INDISCERNIBLE] DURING THE TIME [INDISCERNIBLE]
AS A CHILD THE ONLY TOYS WE HAD AS A CHILD THE ONLY TOYS WE HAD
WE HAD TO MAKE OURSELVES. WE HAD TO MAKE OURSELVES.
SO MY MOM TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE SO MY MOM TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE
A LOT OF ORIGAMI. A LOT OF ORIGAMI.
MOST ORIGAMI WE DID MOSTLY THEY MOST ORIGAMI WE DID MOSTLY THEY
WERE FIGURES 1U67 AS BIRDS, WERE FIGURES 1U67 AS BIRDS,
ANIMALS, PARTICULARLY THIS ONE ANIMALS, PARTICULARLY THIS ONE
MODEL MY MOM SHOWED ME WAS VERY MODEL MY MOM SHOWED ME WAS VERY
INTERESTING IS NOT NOT TWO INTERESTING IS NOT NOT TWO
DIMENSIONAL, IT’S THREE DIMENSIONAL, IT’S THREE
DIMENSIONAL. DIMENSIONAL.
IT LOOKS LIKE A FLOWER BASKET. IT LOOKS LIKE A FLOWER BASKET.
IT OPENS MY EYES TO THIS IT OPENS MY EYES TO THIS
WONDERFUL WORLD AS PATTERNS, WONDERFUL WORLD AS PATTERNS,
INTERESTING THREE DIMENSIONAL INTERESTING THREE DIMENSIONAL
FORMS AND HOW LIGHT AND SHADOW FORMS AND HOW LIGHT AND SHADOW
PLAYS ON THE MODELS. PLAYS ON THE MODELS.
EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT YOU CAN DO EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT YOU CAN DO
A LOT OF THINGS WITH PAPER. A LOT OF THINGS WITH PAPER.
YOU CAN CUT. YOU CAN CUT.
YOU CAN CREATE BEAUTIFUL YOU CAN CREATE BEAUTIFUL
PATTERNS. PATTERNS.
YOU CAN FOLD. YOU CAN FOLD.
A SINGLE PIECE OF PAPER, ONCE A SINGLE PIECE OF PAPER, ONCE
YOU FOLD, THE EDGE IS A YOU FOLD, THE EDGE IS A
STRUCTURAL FORCE TO THE PAPER. STRUCTURAL FORCE TO THE PAPER.
SO THE EASIEST WAY TO WORK WITH SO THE EASIEST WAY TO WORK WITH
PAPER IS BY HAND. PAPER IS BY HAND.
WITH MY STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY WITH MY STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY
BEGINNING INTERIOR DESIGN BEGINNING INTERIOR DESIGN
STUDENTS, THEY ARE AFRAID TO TRY STUDENTS, THEY ARE AFRAID TO TRY
WITH THEIR HANDS. WITH THEIR HANDS.
IT’S SORT OF CHALLENGING FOR IT’S SORT OF CHALLENGING FOR
THEM. THEM.
I OFTEN ASK THEM TO WORK ON I OFTEN ASK THEM TO WORK ON
SOMETHING THAT IS SMALL WITH SOMETHING THAT IS SMALL WITH
PAPER FOLDING. PAPER FOLDING.
YOU WANT TO START SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT TO START SOMETHING THAT
IS SMALL. IS SMALL.
YOU WANT TO USE PAPER TO COME UP YOU WANT TO USE PAPER TO COME UP
WITH A MOTIF. WITH A MOTIF.
WHEN YOU HAVE A MOTIF, YOU WANT WHEN YOU HAVE A MOTIF, YOU WANT
TO THINK ABOUT WAYS TO CONNECT TO THINK ABOUT WAYS TO CONNECT
THE MOTIF AND IT CAN BE THE MOTIF AND IT CAN BE
COMPOSITES TO SOMETHING THAT IS COMPOSITES TO SOMETHING THAT IS
MUCH BIGGER. AS A DESIGNER, I’M INTERESTED IN
APPLYING FOLDING TO CREATE A APPLYING FOLDING TO CREATE A
FUNCTIONAL PRODUCT. FUNCTIONAL PRODUCT.
TO START, I OFTEN EXPERIMENT TO START, I OFTEN EXPERIMENT
WITH MY HEAD ONLY. WITH MY HEAD ONLY.
I WORK TACTILELY. I WORK TACTILELY.
I JUST PLAY WITH A PIECE OF I JUST PLAY WITH A PIECE OF
PAPER. PAPER.
A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE ASK ME, A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE ASK ME,
HEY, HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH HEY, HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH
SOMETHING SO COMPLEX. SOMETHING SO COMPLEX.
I SAID, NO, IT’S VERY EASY. I SAID, NO, IT’S VERY EASY.
SO SIMPLE. SO SIMPLE.
A SIMPLE PIECE OF PAPER. A SIMPLE PIECE OF PAPER.
YOU FOLD AND YOU SEE WHAT YOU YOU FOLD AND YOU SEE WHAT YOU
GET OUT OF IT AND THEN YOU — GET OUT OF IT AND THEN YOU —
LATER ON YOU FIGURE OUT, OKAY, LATER ON YOU FIGURE OUT, OKAY,
CAN YOU CONNECT THIS LITTLE CAN YOU CONNECT THIS LITTLE
THING YOU FOLD WITH A LITTLE THING YOU FOLD WITH A LITTLE
PIECE OF PAPER TOGETHER. PIECE OF PAPER TOGETHER.
SO I HAVE THIS IDEA IN MY HEAD, SO I HAVE THIS IDEA IN MY HEAD,
AND I PLAY WITH MY HAND. AND I PLAY WITH MY HAND.
I CAME UP WITH SOME VERY I CAME UP WITH SOME VERY
INTERESTING MOTIFS. INTERESTING MOTIFS.
ONCE I HAVE MOTIF, I TEST IT OUT ONCE I HAVE MOTIF, I TEST IT OUT
USING PAPER MODELS. USING PAPER MODELS.
I UNFOLD THE MOTIF AND I SEE I UNFOLD THE MOTIF AND I SEE
THESE BEAUTIFUL PATTERNS. THESE BEAUTIFUL PATTERNS.
I DRAW THE PATTERN IN COMPUTER I DRAW THE PATTERN IN COMPUTER
PROGRAMS. PROGRAMS.
LATER ON I WILL CUT THE PATTERNS LATER ON I WILL CUT THE PATTERNS
USING A MACHINE TO CUT THE USING A MACHINE TO CUT THE
PATTERNS FOR ME. PATTERNS FOR ME.
ONCE I HAVE THE PATTERN, I HAVE ONCE I HAVE THE PATTERN, I HAVE
TO CREASE AND FOLD BY HAND TO TO CREASE AND FOLD BY HAND TO
CREATE THE MODELS. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PAPER IN
THE FUTURE. THE FUTURE.
IT CAN BE A PIECE OF PLASTIC. IT CAN BE A PIECE OF PLASTIC.
WHEN YOU HEAT A PIECE OF WHEN YOU HEAT A PIECE OF
PLASTIC, IT CAN BE VERY EASY TO PLASTIC, IT CAN BE VERY EASY TO
MANIPULATE AND CAN BE FOLDED MANIPULATE AND CAN BE FOLDED
TOO. TOO.
SO THERE ARE A LOT OF SO THERE ARE A LOT OF
APPLICATIONS IN FOLDING. APPLICATIONS IN FOLDING.
CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT A HOUSE CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT A HOUSE
THAT CAN BE FOLDED. THAT CAN BE FOLDED.
IF YOU NEED A HOUSE, YOU JUST IF YOU NEED A HOUSE, YOU JUST
PUSH A BUTTON AND THERE IT IS PUSH A BUTTON AND THERE IT IS
UNFOLDED, IT BECOMES SOMETHING UNFOLDED, IT BECOMES SOMETHING
THAT IS THREE DIMENSIONAL. THAT IS THREE DIMENSIONAL.
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I WANT THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I WANT
TO EXPLORE. TO EXPLORE.
I FEEL LIKE I’M JUST TOUCHING I FEEL LIKE I’M JUST TOUCHING
THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.
I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO
EXPLORE THIS TYPE OF FOLDING IN EXPLORE THIS TYPE OF FOLDING IN
A MUCH SMALLER SCALE, SAY A MUCH SMALLER SCALE, SAY
NANOSCALE. NANOSCALE.
I WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH OTHER I WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH OTHER
SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS TO EXPLORE SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS TO EXPLORE
APPLICATIONAL FOLDING IN ALL APPLICATIONAL FOLDING IN ALL
THESE DIFFERENT FIELDS. THESE DIFFERENT FIELDS.
ONCE PAPER IS FOLDED, ONCE YOU ONCE PAPER IS FOLDED, ONCE YOU
APPLY A STRUCTURAL OR PATTERN TO APPLY A STRUCTURAL OR PATTERN TO
THE PAPER AND YOU FOLD, THE THE PAPER AND YOU FOLD, THE
PAPER DOES SOMETHING ALMOST PAPER DOES SOMETHING ALMOST
MAGIC. MAGIC.
THAT’S WHY I THINK THAT PEOPLE THAT’S WHY I THINK THAT PEOPLE
ARE REALLY VERY SURPRISED WHEN ARE REALLY VERY SURPRISED WHEN
THEY SEE JUST A VERY SIMPLE THEY SEE JUST A VERY SIMPLE
PIECE OF PAPER, A SIMPLE PIECE PIECE OF PAPER, A SIMPLE PIECE
OF MATERIAL THAT THEY USE, THEY OF MATERIAL THAT THEY USE, THEY
HAVE TOUCHED EVERY DAY, CAN BE HAVE TOUCHED EVERY DAY, CAN BE
BEAUTIFUL, MAGICAL OBJECTS.

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