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How Do They Braid Rope?

How do they braid rope in a factory? This wordless 1997 short film by Don White for the National Film Board of Canada showcases the machines that twist and spool ropes of all sizes. For more detail, American twist...

Mirror, a short story of similar objects

How many times it happened to find similar shapes between them which seem to have any kind of relationship? As often it happens in nature all is apparently different but essentially the basic shapes are repeated wi...

4-Mation 3D Zoetropes: Fish Eating Fish and Jumping Frogs

Fish endlessly eat fish in this 3D zoetrope by 4-Mation, a UK-based modular kit from toymaker Kevin Holmes. The piece was printed on a Form 2 3D printer. The visual animation is achieved in person by using precisely t...

How did Polynesian wayfinders navigate the Pacific Ocean?

Imagine setting sail from Hawaii in a canoe. Your target is a small island thousands of kilometers away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — a body of water that covers more than 160 million square kilometers. For tho...

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow among city buildings

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow, rise, and fall like iridescent bubbles hanging from a spider's web. Flexible and full of motion, the nets look soft, but they're also strong. Their structural cables are made ...

Accumulation, a glimmering LED light tunnel installation

A sculpture of sliced squares forms a glimmering tunnel of LEDs at the main gate South Korea's Le Méridien Seoul. Created by new media artist Yang Minha, the installation showcases six light pattern sequences with vis...

Autonomous Machines: Creating patterns with mechanical objects

A DIY drawing idea from graphic designer Echo Yang: Make art with a wind-up toy. While attending Design Academy Eindhoven, Yang created a series called Autonomous Machines, pattern painting projects implemented with m...

The Kresling-Pattern and our origami world

Biruta Kresling is a Paris-based architect and independant researcher on folded structures—specifically how nature folds and unfolds tree leaves, tortoise shell bamboo, turbinate mollusk shells, the air sac of the h...

The art of carving, Haruya Abe

By carving simple yet elegant patterns into pottery, Japanese ceramicist Haruya Abe has created a beautiful line of handmade dishware and a large instagram following. His account features short videos of his diligent ...

WoodSwimmer, a cross-sectional look at wood in stop motion

WoodSwimmer is based on a concept I developed while designing a new stop-motion universe where wood is the primary element. The sequences are cross-sectional photographic scans of pieces of hardwood, burls and branche...

The Heart of Maker Faire, a community-inspired light installation

Within each of these jars, someone has written and enclosed a note about what is in their heart. The blinking lights, RGB LEDs that illuminate the sealed jars from below, are set to echo the heart rate of each note wr...

Make Lissajous patterns with DIY sand pendulums or light

Sand pendulums are an easy and beautiful method for students of all ages to learn a bit about the harmonic motion. These devices are easy to build and can be adjusted to give a variety of patterns. A pendulum that beg...

How to make a coin sorting machine with cardboard

With some thick cardboard, a cutting knife, some hot glue, a ruler, and probably a bit of trial and error, you can create your own DIY coin sorting machine. The key to the sorting "mechanism" is to cut the right size ...

Diffusion Choir, a flock of 400 kinetic origami elements

Four hundred motorized origami elements echo the movement of an invisible flock of birds. The piece, titled Diffusion Choir, is made from Tyvek fabric hexagons that furl and unfurl like umbrella canopies around 1800 t...

A million things that make your head spin, a rainbow tape time lapse

A "six-story hurricane of color" ascends up into the atrium of Sydney, Australia's Customs House. The piece, titled A million things that make your head spin, was designed and installed with flagging tape—a weather-re...

A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang’s Incredible Paper Creations

Twenty five years ago, physicist Robert Lang worked at NASA, where he researched lasers. He has also garnered 46 patents on optoelectronics and even wrote a Ph.D. thesis called "Semiconductor Lasers: New Geometries an...

Ice crystals form on the surfaces of backlit bubbles

It became a tradition since last year, so as there was almost -20 degrees (Celsius), I made some freezing bubbles for my kids. Couldn't stop myself from filming it again :) From Warsaw-based photographer and videog...

‘Darkness Is My Canvas, Light Is My Brush’

Light painter Hannu Huhtamo uses darkness as a canvas for his long exposure photographs, capturing fluid light trails of flashlights and other kinds of glowing tools that he uses to draw in the air. In this video from...

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