The art and science of folding

Title: The Art and Science of Folding

Speaker: Amanda Ghassaei

Date and time: Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 – 4pm (PST)

Location: virtual event – recording

Join us for virtual event at the intersection of art and science with Amanda Ghassaei, an engineer and artist based in San Francisco. Ghassaei will present her work on locked letters, a centuries-old letter folding techniques used as a tamper proof mechanism, whose content and folding techniques have recent been analyzed with x-rays. She will also introduce the origami simulator she has developed to study existing folding patterns, and design new ones.

Locked letters:

Origami simulator:

About the speaker:

Amanda Ghassaei is an engineer and maker based in San Francisco, CA. She’s interested primarily in developing computational tools to explore design possibilities, with an emphasis on real-time simulation methods, digital fabrication, and generative design. Using WebGL, she creates browser-based apps that allow non-technical users to experiment with form and function through playful interactions. Previously, she worked at Adobe Research, Autodesk, and Instructables. She received her M.S. at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT in 2017 and B.A. in Physics from Pomona College in 2011.