Join the Fold workshop
Last week I taught a fun class at Studio Place Arts on origami books titled Join the Fold. Here’s the description:
We’ll be playing in the intersection between origami and bookmaking, creating folded books that require no adhesive. Many of the forms can be created from a single sheet of paper. One of the pieces we’ll be making can be used as either a book cover or as a signature in a sewn book, and other pieces include hidden pockets. Structures include the Blizzard Book, Crown Binding, and the Turkish Map Fold.
I wrote that description long before I began my planning and since this was a new class for me, I had to develop it from scratch. I start with making a bunch of models so I can determine the sizes of materials and the resulting book sizes. This involves a lot of trial and error – it isn’t long before my worktable looks like this…
…and I end up with lots of book fails like this one (there was a lot of recycling that day):
Thankfully, I was able to sort everything out (that class wasn’t going to teach itself). One of my favorite things about teaching is that I get to make kits for everyone – they include precut materials and a resource booklet with recommended books, lists of suppliers, and links to online tutorials. I like to set up everyone’s workstations like they’re sitting down to a meal of bookbinding.
Then that moment comes when people start showing up and you realize, “Oh, I guess this is actually happening!” I’m always so nervous before my classes start – or more specifically it’s a mix of nervousness, anticipation, and excitement. And since this was a new class, I was a special kind of wingnut.
Everyone dove right in and amazing folds happened right before my eyes. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but seriously – I have the best students.
I plan to develop a sequel to this workshop – there’s still so many folded books to explore (I’m looking at you, Fishbone binding). Stay tuned for details on when and where the class will be held!