Paper Structures with Hedi Kyle – Day 1
I was so thrilled to get into Hedi Kyle‘s Paper Structures workshop at North Country Studio Workshops – and then I almost didn’t get to go. I had a child care issue with Anna that took some serious eleventh hour finagling to resolve. Thankfully, my awesome neighbor Maureen offered to hang with my nut baby and I was off to Bennington!
Here’s the workshop description:
Learn to fold a generous variety of books, folders, and boxes – mostly from one large piece of paper. The structures you create will not remain blank, in other words, bare of content. With techniques such as stenciling, rubbing, and blotter printing, you will apply patterns, text, and images to pages, pockets and spines.
Yummy! The fact is that I’d take any workshop with Hedi. She could teach laundry folding and I’d be all over it.
After the three-ish hour drive to Bennington (no flying necessary!), I was greeted by this awesome name tag at registration. I am such a name tag nerd.
Bennington College‘s Visual and Performing Arts Center is insane. It’s 120,000 square of gorgeous. All of the NCSW workshops were held here.
FYI – this is when you know it’s real…
Hedi gave us packets with directions for all the structures we were going to make.
And then there were the models…holy crap!
I love to see how other teachers organize their classrooms and Hedi had all of the book components in labeled boxes.
The first day we only worked for two hours, but they were a solid two hours. We completed five paper folds and started one more. Here’s Hedi doing a demonstration (I could watch her fold for hours):
We started off by learning a traditional Japanese letter fold (tutorial can be found here):
Then we made a Japanese Menko, a.k.a. the Victorian Puzzle Purse (tutorial can be found here):
The next one was new to me – the Portland Envelope, a.k.a. the Bar Envelope (tutorial can be found here):
The paper we used was funky – it reminded me of Pringles. Kinda crispy. The top flap tucks into this nifty horizontal bar that’s created when you fold the paper. Love.
Then came the Tato fold. This one made my brain ache. I don’t remember what was going on with my fingers but it was just.not.happening. As a result, you see folds where they shouldn’t be on the final product. I call do-over.
The Bamboo Folder was not a problem, thankfully (tutorial can be found here – stop after step 8). I loved the paper we used.
We started one more piece, which originally didn’t have a name – we collectively called it the North Country Star Fold. It was very complicated and as it was late in the day and most people were struggling, we decided to call it quits and resume tomorrow.
I can’t wait to learn more! Off to ice my fingers…