Learn Advanced Tessellation Design Techniques

Discover what's on the frontier of origami tessellation design and gain the tools, ideas, and skills to make original patterns of your own.

Prolific tessellation designers aren’t whiz kids doing crazy calculations - they’re tinkerers that play with twists and ideas.
Advanced Twist Techniques is all about sharing the latest twists and design ideas with you so that you can understand the latest patterns and design your own tessellations too.

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Playing around with new twists and new structures is how the most prolific tessellation designers find new patterns - and we are nowhere close to finding all of them.

  • Learn the deeper structure behind families of twists
  • Learn how two twists can be combined to make a hybrid twist
  • Learn what twists can handle multiple pleat depths and where they can be used
  • Learn a system for describing twists without vocabulary clashes
  • Learn how to modify twists to create a fresh look on simple patterns
  • Learn design equations for expanded symmetry patterns and how to plug twists into them

What you’ll get with Advanced Twist Techniques:

  • 4 live lectures with Q+A on October 15th with Madonna Yoder and Ben Parker
  • 3 office hour sessions on Oct 19th, Oct 26th, and Nov 2nd
  • Recordings of all lectures and office hours
  • A toolbox of twists you can use for your own patterns
  • 50+ crease patterns of example tessellations with photos and grid rotation recommendations included
  • Private Discord channels for ongoing discussion and support
  • Access to all past ATT recordings
  • Access to all future ATT events 
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What’s the schedule?

Advanced Twist Techniques 2022 is live on Zoom on Saturday, October 15th, starting at 10 am EDT (New York time, GMT-4). Can’t make it then? The recordings will be posted promptly afterwards.

Here’s the itinerary:

  • 10:00 Systems of Twists: Number Lines and Hybrids by Madonna Yoder
  • 11:00 20 minutes Q+A, 10 minutes break
  • 11:30 Mixed-Depth Twists and Their Tilings by Madonna Yoder
  • 12:30 20 minutes Q+A, 10 minutes break
  • 13:00 Twist Notation and Modifications by Ben Parker
  • 14:00 20 minutes Q+A, 10 minutes break
  • 14:30 Expanded Symmetries and Design Equations by Madonna Yoder
  • 15:30 20 minutes Q+A


Office Hours will be with Madonna Yoder on Zoom on the three Wednesdays following ATT, for one hour per session. They will be recorded and questions may be submitted in advance if you can’t attend. The times are varied so that anyone in any time zone can attend at least one session.

  • Wednesday, October 19th from 10-11am
  • Wednesday, October 26th from 3-4pm
  • Wednesday, November 2nd from 7-8pm


Will we be folding during ATT? What grids should I bring?

Since ATT is in a lecture format, you do not need to bring any grids.
However, there will be many examples of individual twists that you will want to fold from the recordings (both past and upcoming), so stockpiling a few 16-fold grids of each grid type is recommended.

I’m not sure I’m ready for advanced stuff - is this for me?

Whether you’ve worked through my Basic Twists series and are looking for more options to use or you’re just getting started it’s never a bad time to see what else is out there.

When I started designing tessellations I thought that in order to make new designs I had to make hard designs, but that’s just not true! Now I know that I can put easy pieces together in new ways and that makes new patterns too.

Advanced Twist Techniques does teach the hard stuff, but it also shows some easy ways to create many more patterns with just the simple twists.

What if I can’t fold from crease patterns?

While Advanced Twist Techniques is not focused on teaching how to fold from crease patterns, my recent YouTube series on advanced techniques has folding demonstrations of many of the twists and techniques taught inside of ATT.

Basic Twists Bootcamp and Tessellations by Tiles are my courses most geared towards learning to read crease patterns and many of my students have experienced huge improvements in their ability to fold from crease patterns by taking those courses.

How do I join?

Advanced Twist Techniques 2022 was a 6-hour live event with three hours of interactive video support afterwards and unlimited access to a private community of fellow folders.

It has several books’ worth of patterns included (all the ones you’ve seen on this page and many more) and all the files you need to start drawing your own unique crease patterns.

You join once and then get access to past recordings and future events too!

ATT will be live again in the fall of 2023, and in the meantime you can purchase the recordings and join the community for $57.

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Are there refunds?

No. You get to choose the price and you get immediate access to last year’s recordings and many crease patterns. If you’d like a sample of my teaching style before you join ATT, check out my videos on advanced techniques here.

If you’re unsure whether ATT is right for you, please email me at [email protected] and I’ll get back to you right away. I want you to have a good experience with origami tessellations and I definitely don’t want you to get overwhelmed by going too deep too fast.

About Madonna Yoder

Madonna helps aspiring tessellation folders to deeply understand tessellations so they can fold from crease patterns, reverse engineer from photos, and even start designing their own tessellations. Unlike most origami instructors, she doesn't focus on individual designs but focuses on broader structures, theory, and skills instead so her students can start folding new designs with confidence and get the most out of any tessellation workshop they attend. Madonna is the animating force behind Gathering Folds, where she offers a range of paid courses on tessellations and a variety of free tessellation instruction and trivia on YouTube and Instagram.

About Ben Parker

Ben has been an active origami artist and maker since 2007, specializing in complex geometric patterns. In 2016, he published his first book on origami tessellation techniques - entitled Six Simple Twists: The Pleat Pattern Approach to Origami Tessellation Design - with a second edition release in the fall of 2020. He has exhibited his works and given talks internationally on the intersections of art and mathematics, and in 2021 started Ben Parker Studio - an endeavor to bring an origami curriculum into the classroom as a vessel of alternative mathematics instruction. Today, Ben operates his studio gallery in Essex, CT where he works on his art, teaches origami, and hosts art shows of other artists' work.

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