While studying ceramics, Shilan discovered the world of paper folding, and soon enough he fell in love with it completely. He seeks inspiration from his everyday surroundings, like solar cell design, protein misfolding, Islamic tile patterning, systematic drawing, architecture, biomimetics, music etc.
“My process is extremely varied from piece to piece. Often I start without a clear goal in mind, working within a series of limitations.” the paper engineer explained. “For example, on one piece I’ll only use curved folds, or make my lines this length or that angle etc. Other times I begin with an idea for movement and try to achieve that shape or form somehow.”
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