Daughter of artists, Polly Verity grew up in an environment where there were plenty of art materials to hand and she was encouraged to experiment. Her step-grandfather, Eric de Mare had written a book “Your Book of Paperfolding” in the 1960s. Later on, when she was about 8, he gave her a copy. This inspired a journey in paper, the idea that you could transform a flat sheet into three dimensions was very exciting. She has been experimenting with paper ever since.
Whereas origami has been practiced for hundreds of years, a pure abstract tessellated form is relatively recent with the Bauhaus first experimenting in 1920’s. Polly’s paper folding designs follow this more recent investigation and because there were at that time no books written on the subject, she has been helped along the way by some very brilliant friends in the origami world.
In the late noughties Polly happened upon something that she likens to a spontaneous university of geometric origami. These were halcyon days of folding and discovery. A small pocket of like-minded folders from all over the world (Japan, America, Brasil, Europe etc) came together on the internet to share images of their folds and ideas. It felt like a specialised University course of tessellations and corrugations forged in real time, as it went along, by its students. This time led on to Polly attending the Origami Convention in New York (OUSA) for a couple of years running where she was lucky to meet and share ideas with international folders from around the world who are at the top of their class. Polly’s folds are mainly abstract geometric repeat patterns, each created just by folding a sheet (no cuts). There is an infinite variety of forms that can arise from this method and Polly chooses folds that are particularly photogenic and striking due to the dramatic effects that are created when light (particularly a side, raking light) hits one of the pieces. Polly usually works in a white paper so there are no distractions for the eye in the medium itself and the white paper shows off the sharp form to best advantage.