While I was in Australia earlier this year, I was working on some basic hexagon shapes. One was a relatively complex icosahedron half and the other was a much simpler rectangle that I folded into six three-sided lilies. As is almost always the case, the simple rectangle design proved much more versatile and easier to connect to other shapes.
So during my trip to Buffalo last weekend, I took my sketchbook and looked back at some hexagon designs I created last year using the icosahedron half. As I suspected, each of those designs were greatly improved by using the rectangle hexagon. Now I just have to decide which one(s) I want to fold.
Why fold a design completely out of hexagons? In order for me to create my more complex pieces, like Lens Flare, I need many different modules and a huge variety of different types of connections. For the large wave piece that I am working towards, I will need many different 3D shapes and forms AND I need to know how to connect them. So all of the wave pieces, the hexagons, the platonic solids--all of them are leading towards this future piece.