A customer asked F and me to design and make a wallet based on a leather wallet that is very clever and that is itself based on a Japanese origami fold. The customer wanted the wallet to be made out of recycled coffee bags, which she supplied. Here are sketches that I made to better understand the original wallet, of which we had only a few photographs and one diagrammatic drawing.
I began to think of a few modifications that might make our materials work better, such as a separate flap for the coin purse (which turned out to not be necessary, but here it is in its first appearance).
This page contains crazy ideas for ways of cutting the pattern, none of which panned out.
I began working with the material and made a mock-up. Some new problems surfaced regarding the credit card slot.
I realized the mock up had some flaws, so here's a drawing showing some changes that needed to be made. I also began to list the order in which assembly had to take place.
Eventually the modified mock-up or prototype yielded information about the pattern pieces and their dimensions. Thursday we will cut the pattern pieces and refine the design. It's a nice compact little wallet, and we can sell it for less than half the price of the leather and metal snaps design. Now to test it out, the best part of designing.
Meanwhile, the amaryllis is going nowhere, but the tulips are taking off!