A Pattern Tracing System for Generating Paper Sliceform Artwork

Yongquan Lu and Erik D. Demaine
Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2015)
Pages 367–370


Sliceform paper art is an art form where long strips of paper are cut, folded and slotted together to form intricate geometric configurations. We present a system that streamlines the design process for such artwork, which are conventionally highly time-consuming to assemble. This system takes in a polygonal tile-based geometric configuration and traces patterns across tile boundaries to produce a strip-based representation, which can be used to generate the physical paper strips for easy assembly. We exhibit some representative results generated by our system.