ERIK AND MARTIN DOMAINE

Click picture to see article     —     Photographs copyright 2014 Cary Wolinsky, Trillium Studios

Click picture to see article     —     Photographs copyright 2014 Cary Wolinsky, Trillium Studios

Erik and Martin Demaine, are a son and father team creating works in paper and glass. They both teach at MIT and they both have densely cluttered offices in the Frank Gehry building. Erik had more stuff on the floor. Martin’s office was so dense it was hard to enter but he had lots of their pieces on the wall so we chose his place to set up.

 You can tell right away that these two have worked together a lot. During a scouting session about a week before the shoot, we discuss some ideas for making a big paper sculpture to be the centerpiece of the portrait.  By the time we arrived they had built this elaborate construction made from many smaller pieces.  Although beautiful, it was a house of cards and part way through lighting it collapsed and they had to rebuild it. We didn’t get the same sculpture as the first set up but we got one just as good.

Erik and Martin demonstrated their own brand of paper folding based on Erik's mathematical calculations. 

(below) Erik and Martin, “draw” on paper using molten glass.

Photographed for American Craft Magazine