Roger Gano's Profile

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I grew up in Japan immersed in a rich tradition of folk art, respect for natural forms, and appreciating the essential beauty of simple things. Japanese folk pottery was my first love, but fine woodworking and veneering has been by primary hobby for 20+ years. I've always loved the precise geometry of origami, but only recently encountered modular origami by Tomoko Fuse and many others, and am fascinated by the complex polyhedra made from multiple folded "units" woven together. ...but what can you do with them? Cat toys? Fragile dust magnets? Using translucent papers and adhesives to make lanterns and lamp shades bridges the gap from amusing origami forms to practical functional art. It's so satisfying to make something that is beautiful to the senses but still has function. Through trial and error, I've found a versatile formula of tintable modern adhesives and multiple layers of parchment, shoji & tissue papers that make…

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  • Male
  • Born on April 26
  • Joined April 20, 2011

Favorite materials

clay, paper, origami, exotic wood, recycled wood, veneer, epoxy, shellac, aniline dye, acrylics, stone, concrete

About

I grew up in Japan immersed in a rich tradition of folk art, respect for natural forms, and appreciating the essential beauty of simple things. Japanese folk pottery was my first love, but fine woodworking and veneering has been by primary hobby for 20+ years. I've always loved the precise geometry of origami, but only recently encountered modular origami by Tomoko Fuse and many others, and am fascinated by the complex polyhedra made from multiple folded "units" woven together. ...but what can you do with them? Cat toys? Fragile dust magnets? Using translucent papers and adhesives to make lanterns and lamp shades bridges the gap from amusing origami forms to practical functional art. It's so satisfying to make something that is beautiful to the senses but still has function. Through trial and error, I've found a versatile formula of tintable modern adhesives and multiple layers of parchment, shoji & tissue papers that make remarkably light & sturdy and structures that are translucent and quite beautiful. By adjusting the size of the folded units I can make shapes that match virtually any existing commercial light fixture and welcome custom orders!

Not unlike ceramics, there's always some mystery and unpredictability making these lanterns - each is truly one of a kind. The paper sags and stretches when it gets wet & tightens when it dries, the colors change shade as the milky opaque glue solution dries to a translucency, and the viscous tinted mixture pools and creeps in folds & along edges. It's like Christmas having to wait overnight before breaking the finished shade off its form; you see the surface colors and textures in their final shades in ambient light, but the best part is illuminating it for the first time, bringing all the layers of color density to life.

Making functional interior lighting from folded paper forms and wood is my ultimate creative expression. I hope you enjoy the energy in these lamps and experience their light.

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