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Jeannine Mosely (born May 16, 1953, Pittsburgh, PA) holds a Ph.D. in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is known for her work as an origami artist.[1] She is best known for her modular origami designs, especially her work using business cards. She has organized several crowd-sourced origami projects built from tens of thousands of business cards involving hundred of volunteers for each project. She is also known for her minimalist origami designs (such as her fourfold alphabet), curved crease models, and her invention of "or-egg-ami" models made from egg cartons.


Education and engineering careerEdit

Mosely earned a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For her master's degree she developed algorithms for time-division multiple access (used in cell-phone technology).[2] For her doctorate she developed flow-control algorithms for handling internet traffic. After finishing her degree, Mosely taught as a visiting lecturer for a year at the University of California, Berkeley in the EECS Department. Subsequently she worked at ICAD, Inc. from 1986 to 1999, developing geometric modeling algorithms for computer-aided design.


Dr. Jeannine Mosely and the Menger Sponge

Mosely has created several, large, crowd sourced, origami projects with business cards, as well as many smaller business card models. In 1994 she invented a method for linking traditional business card cubes together into structures that could be very large. In 1995 she launched a project to construct a level 3 approximation to the fractal called the Menger Sponge using these cubes. The project was finished in 2005 with 66,048 cards folded and assembled by Mosely and about 200 volunteers.[3]

In 2008 she was commissioned by First Night Worcester (MA) to develop a project to be a part Worcester's New Year's Eve celebration. Worcester's Union Station was chosen as the model to be built. Mosely made a 3D computer model of the station, which was then developed into the resulting business card model. Several hundred Worcester school children assisted by student volunteers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute folded cubes and helped construct the finished model which incorporated over 60,000 cards.[4]

In 2012 the University of Southern California Libraries commissioned Mosely to lead several hundred members of the USC community in building the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, another fractal model, from approximately 49,000 business cards.[5][6]

Mosely has also developed mathematical techniques for designing and analyzing curved origami models such as her "Orb,"[7] "Bud,"[8] and "Sails."[9]

In 2007, Mosely began designing origami-like polyhedral models using egg cartons. She calls this technique "or-egg-ami." In 2012 one of these models was bronzed and gilded by sculptor Kevin Box with help from artist Dick Esterle. The completed sculpture, titled "Waxing Gibbous," was displayed at the Bridges Math Art Conference.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Karlin, Susan (1 May 2008). "Jeannine Mosely: Paper Sculptor". IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  2. ^ Humblet, P. A.; Mosely, Jeannine (1985). "A class of efficient contention resolution algorithms for multiple access channels". Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. hdl:1721.1/1035.
  3. ^ Friedman, Rick (2005-06-21). "Fractal Mathematics With Business Cards". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  4. ^ zke2208 (2008-12-11). "YOUcubed origami to be folded into First Night". Worcester Mag. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  5. ^ Masters, Nathan (January 20, 2012). "Help Build the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, a 3-D Fractal Object, for the First Time in the Universe". USC Libraries. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  6. ^ Wade, Lizzie. "Folding Fractal Art from 49,000 Business Cards". Wired. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  7. ^ "Business Card Origami Orb". Origami Resource Center. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  8. ^ "How to Make Your Own Square-Based Origami Bud". Editorial. CABINET (17). Spring 2005. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  9. ^ liranik. "Sails (curved origami) by Jeannine Mosely (paper)". Flickr. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  10. ^ "Jeannine Mosely (with collaborators Dick Esterle, Kevin Box for "Waxing Gibbous")". Mathematical Art Galleries. Retrieved 2017-03-10.

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