Tessellation Guide on Bricks (Ilan Garibi)

Adams, Sara
Difficulty Level: 
Model type: 
Square Grid
Basic techniques
Tessellations and Fractals

Recommended paper: Tant, e.g. 35cm (13.75in) squares available at:

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This video gives a guide to putting together tessellations. It works on the example of "Bricks" by Ilan Garibi, and a variation of mine, which I'll call "Big Bricks". Ilan Garibi kindly gave me permission to make this video accessible to you.


Sorry, I uploaded the wrong video at first. Now everything should be up and working!

-- Sara

I think your different way of making a video was great! Although, I think to me it was a bit confusing. I think talking about two different things in on one video is too complicated.

if you were marking the .... I guess you could say the middle of the twist for the real bricks how would you do it. ( Like for your variation you move 4 and up 3)

I'm not sure I understand your question correctly. Is this about how to place the marks for the not-quite-central squares of the bricks molecule when working on a large grid? You can look at the crease pattern to figure this out best, I believe.

-- Sara

I love when things have a logic and you're logical explanation made me take a look at tessellations in a completely different way than I used to. Everybody says that tessellations are patterns that spread on the paper but your pristine explanation makes it logical and even mathematical (geometrical I will say too).

You explained it so easy that I now understand every single tessellation model I folded better and I can't wait to fold one now in order to see how my mind reacts to the crease logic.

Amazing job, just amazing.

I guess it takes long long time to make a video about Llopio's moment of truth.
by tha way, those bricks looks fabulous.

Yeah, I've been pushing that one back, because it's going to be very hard to present that model well. :(

-- Sara

For perfect 7ths:
Fold the bottom right corner to the center and pinch along the diagonal. Then fold the corner to the pinch and make a second pinch on the diagonal. Fold from the bottom left corner through the intersection of the second pinch with the diagonal and pinch along the right edge. That pinch is exactly at 1/7.
Hope that made sense.

Do you speak when making the video or you record your voice later after editing? Because at certain parts I noticed a change in voice.

I speak while I record. On some parts of the video I later did a voice-over, and those are probably the differences you noticed. The background noise will never be the same, and I'm using a different microphone. So it does sound different.

-- Sara

Ok then is it too tiresome to do a video?How do you like it when people comment on it or when it is viewed by many people and its popularity increases?

Sorry, make a video what on? When did we start talking about tiresome? :)

As to your question on comments and views:
Yes, I do love it when people add comments (excluding irrelevant comments and such that have no content, such as "1st comment!"), and I do check how many views different videos get. It makes me happy when I get positive feedback, be it comments or views, or emails related to the video. I also appreciate comments that give adequate criticism (or in the ideal case: constructive criticism), because that helps me improve my future videos.
The view count and comments also tell me how good a job I did. If many people watch it, and many people comment on it, I must have hit the mark. If people are sharing the video (and thus making it more popular), then they must have enjoyed watching it, and probably were successful in folding their model. So I can conclude with a fair certainty that the model I chose to present is liked by many and, of course, that I presented it in an accessible way. :)

-- Sara

I'm hooked. Your videos have great quality. After trying projects 1 & 2 from Gjerde's book I especially appreciate your tips on making it all easy. Just folding sequences and photo's is sometimes very difficult in figuring out how to do it practically. Sometimes I had to do it over and over just to get it right and then the paper looks a bit crumpled. Masking tape is a great tip too: it saves you having to count over and over just to make sure you start folding at the right place. Please continue your origami lessons. For me you are the best origami source on the web.

pleasseee make a video that shows how to fold a square in 7 ths pleeeassssseeee

There are three options I can think of right away:

1. Check http://www.fishgoth.... (last page) for instructions on how to fold 7ths.
2. Download ReferenceFinder to auto-generate instructions for how to fold 7ths: http://www.langoriga...
3. Fold 8ths and then cut off one strip on the top and the left.

-- Sara

Good evening your guide is Tessellation Bricks'm very interested, what is the size of the paper and how do I do division?

I am very good at Origami very complicated.

Thank you in advance

Happy new year Dear Sara
Thanking you for teaching us in such a "clean" and easy way, wish you and your loving people health and prosperity for 2012 and the years to come

I am impressed with the way by which the tessellations have been put together. The given example with Bricks has really helped me to understand it clearly. I am glad that you shared this video with us. Thanks.

Hi Sarah, where to find the diagrams of this model (as well as other diagrams from Ilan Garibi?)? Not sure if he has published a book....


Hi ! I have discovered happy folding about a month ago, when I started focusing on tessellations. Thanks so much for all the information available. This particular video is great!

Thanks for this video, it's very nuce and gives a good intro to tessellations!

Two technical comments:
* When I search your site for "video type: tutorial & model type: tessellation and fractal" this video doesn't show. Only if I search only by model type I can find it.

* Could you maybe upload the crease patterns as a separate image?

Thanks again!

I think Garibi's molecule might be better described as a 5.5×5.5 molecule. Note that in the crease pattern you have there of 4 molecules on a 12×12 grid, the extreme right column and bottom row are superfluous, and without them you get a symmetric shape on an 11×11 grid.

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