Tutorial: Origami and projection mapping
I’ve been doing creative workshops with kids and schools for years (with 8-10 years old) and this can be an easy and creative activity to do at home during the confinement.
All you need to make the sculpture is paper, tape, and a bit of time.
For the mapping part, you’ll need a projector and computer to animate your origamis with light (video Part 2, coming soon).
This tutorial is based my series « Paper and light« .
PART 1: ORIGAMI
PAPER FOLDING: STEPS
Now, make as many as you can.
You can use all kinds of paper and color to bring more tones to your composition ! Here’s a magic bird made during workshop in a French primary school.
PART 2: Projection mapping.
In order to demonstrate the principle of projection mapping, I slightly modified the code from Method draw, a tool developed by Mark MacKay. It works in any computer and browser.
1- Setup your projector
- Install and plug projector (it must be stable and NOT MOVE at all).
- Make sure the projection area covers the origami.
- Focus image.
- Connect your computer (you may use duplicate or extend mode).
2- Open the mapping tool in a browser (I use chrome) in full screen mode (F11)
Select the canvas size on the right, to match your projector resolution (often 1920*1080).
3- Trace one edge
Use the Line (shortcut: L) and Path (P) tools to trace origamis through your projector. Use Select (V) to select and move elements.
You can use the spacebar to show and hide menus.
Repeat until the entire structure is mapped.