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 Short Papers


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.