Design­ing Toroidal Books with Ken Leslie – Day 3

I got to class early today to start work on today’s PBI image. Here’s how/who I am today:

Drawn and painted panels of toroidal book

I realized that both yesterday’s and today’s images contained round shapes – I guess the torus is getting to me.

When class began, Ken shared another one of his books. This one was insane. It opened up into an infinity sign that was composed of both circle and square shapes. It had a zipper for a closure that also helped secure the shape when opened. Seriously brilliant.

Artist book by Ken Leslie

Last night, Ken made the following sketch to help me figure out the next steps for my book.

Toroidal book sketch

So I quickly set to work on completing what I hoped would be a successful model…

Folded paper

…and victory! I finally had a rectangle that collapsed into a book structure. It felt so good to finally nail it down.

Folded, rectangular toroidal book

Then came the translating of the model into a larger size. I started off by wetting down the watercolor paper to relax the curl. When it dried, it was pretty flat.

Large roll of watercolor paper

I did some math to figure out how big my book could be. I decided to triple the square panel size from 2″ to 6″. This resulted in a tripling of most of the dimensions (not including the covers or spine). While the model measured 8″ x 11″, the larger book would measure 24″ x 31″.

I might not be doing a good job of explaining it, but it works. Trust me.

Sketchbook notes

I laid out my measurements on the paper, drew my fold lines and trimmed the paper. After scoring on the fold lines and doing a bit of folding…

Rectangle with cut out center

…my book structure was complete!

Folded rectangular toroidal book

View when opened

Folded rectangular toroidal book

View from the top

I am so excited to now have a blank canvas, just waiting for some content to go into it. This is not something that is going to get done by tomorrow, our last day of class. I’ve been thinking about how the opened rectangle looks like a game board. We’ll just have to see if that spark goes anywhere.

Today’s quotables from Ken:

If my artwork has an irregularity and you don’t like it, then you don’t like me.

Never let reality get in the way of a good idea.

3 Responses to “Design­ing Toroidal Books with Ken Leslie – Day 3”

By Liesbeth - 16 May 2014 Reply

Hi, wonderful to follow the workshop, inspiring to see, would love to know how the square structure is made. The quotes are great….

By Elissa - 16 May 2014 Reply

Liesbeth –

I have no idea how to explain how the square structure was made – it involved a lot of trial and error. And cutting and taping. Then re-cutting and more taping. And then some throwing out of things.

I can say that when you make a structure like this, you need to have at least a couple of triangular folds so that your book can turn around in the opposite direction. You can see that in Ken’s diagram.


By Velma Bolyard - 16 May 2014 Reply

i love that last quote!

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