I love the color of the aged paper from old vintage books. And the solid geometrical forms created are in marked contrast to the softness of the texture. People just need to touch them.
I started by acquiring a collection of old books from two sources. The first is a local landmark called the Travelers Restaurant. It is off exit 73 in Union, CT on I-84 between Hartford and Boston. It is a combination restaurant and used bookstore but you get to take a couple of free old books when you order a meal. It is a great eclectic stop if you are traveling by and has been visited by many, many authors over the years. (Try the Charles Dickens Wrap!)
Photo Source -Boston's Hidden Restaurants
My second source is the book swap shack at our local transfer station. Rarely can I find much worth reading in there because it is always well picked over but some of the rejects work well in this project.
I started by created simple single folds. The tall cylinder was shaped by taking three pages at a time and curling them into the center. The other pages hold each in place and as you get more pages curled in, a tightness develops which keeps things together. No gluing required.
In addition to curling I also creased the pages for some designs. The cone angled toward us is made just by folding each page singly over at a diagonal and creased.
Other shapes are formed by completing a double fold and creasing.
The fold above created this shape below. Of note - to get a complete 360 degree form with creased designs, I found I needed to combine two books. For the form below I got two identical books, folded both, removed their covers and glued them together. A single book generally creates a 180 degree shape. I found this true with books up to 600 pages. I haven't folded a fatter one yet.
I experimented with multiple fold styles within a given book. The example below included six pages curled in vertically and creased and then six pages with the double triangular fold above repeated through out the book. I only made one like this because, although it creates an interesting shape unto itself, it added confusion to arrangements that were already filled with interest. It was one variable too many.
Absolutely precision isn't necessary in the folding although I did try to keep things even and aligned.
My experimentations didn't end there. Return tomorrow to see additional alterations I did for folded books. Possibilities are endless!
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