origami star pyramid

as promised, here is some of what I’ve been inventing for the past couple of days.

I’m calling it a star pyramid, and it is an origami… thing that I designed from one piece of paper. it ends up being about 6 in square when using 9 in square paper.

making one involves dividing up the paper in 64ths diagonally (this is the horrible part):

then pleat folding in a spiral pattern starting in the middle:

continuing outwards with the zigzag pleating:

then when there is nothing more to fold, it’s done. throw it under a book and tada:


how to get your uncle to clean your grandfather’s pocketwatch

since a few people have asked us what goes in to making our photos, we’ve decided to give you a little demonstration of the basic process. enjoy!
  • first step (not shown): concept development

agonize for roughly seven days on how to interpret the theme (‘memory’). this step should include (but not be limited to) finding several things that you want to photograph but are either 1) not permitted by the weather of the week, 2) would require a tremendous amount of legal maneuvering, or 3) risk life and/or limb. after all this, you should come back to the first idea that you had when you heard the theme and decide that it’s not that bad after all.


  • second step: subject hunt/capture 

locate and photograph your grandfather’s pocketwatch (pre-expansion photo shown below).


  • third step: subject hunt/capture (cont.)
invite your uncle over for some soup and get him to stand in your living room in funny positions while you shine lights on him from strange angles. a sister to hold a piece of fabric in the background is highly recommended for masking purposes. the soup is the most important part of this step, so don’t skimp on it.


  • fourth step (not shown): hours of toil

bittersweet chocolate, toasted bagel with avocado, and herbal tea highly recommended for best results.


congratulations, you may now humbly consider yourself a genius.



  • sixth step (optional): blog

get your sister to write an overly pretentious blog post about her skewed perception of the photo-making process.