The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures

Book cover for "The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures" by Hedi Kyle and Ulla WarcholI am one lucky duck.

I was recently contacted by Laurence King Publishing, the folks putting out Hedi Kyle‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. I was asked if I would help spread the word about the book – that was an easy decision. It’s not like it takes much for me to gush about Hedi.

Next thing I knew, I had an advance copy of the book (it’s not being released until October 2, 2018). I’m still flabbergasted that this happened. Many thanks to @atelier415 on Instagram for putting a bug in the ear of Laurence King!

Let me start out by saying that the book wasn’t just written by Hedi, but also by her daughter Ulla Warchol. When I took a workshop with Hedi at North Country Studio Workshops earlier this year, she told us that Ulla was indispensable in transforming her sketches into computerized images. Check out the book wrap – it’s actually folded. What an awesome detail!

Close up of belly band on the book cover for Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol's book "The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures".

This book is 36 projects of awesome. The different structures are grouped as follows (Hedi told us they were families):

  1. The Accordion
  2. Blizzards
  3. One-Sheet Books
  4. Albums
  5. Enclosures

You can see the full table of contents below:

Table of Contents for "The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures" by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol

Click on the image to enlarge

So what to do with a book full of happy and a bunch of paper sitting around? Well, I’ve decided to go all Julie and Julia on this book, completing each project in the book one at a time. I’ll work on one structure a day until I finish the last one on October 2nd, the release date for Hedi’s book. 

I’ll post the structure of the day on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. If you’re not into Instagram, don’t worry – I’ll also be writing blog posts with roundups about twice a week.

I’m primarily using these awesome papers from Debra Glanz over at Reminiscence Papers. The colors and patterns are so great – I think they’ll really make the structures pop.

Papers by Debra Glanz of Reminiscence Papers

Post #1 is already up, so head over to Instagram to get your daily Hedi fix!

Note: I just found out that there’s a website that accompanies the book. Not surprisingly, it’s called The Art of the Fold. Here’s what it has to say:

Coming this fall, we will be posting short tutorials on some of the techniques we often use and that are found in the book so please stay tuned.

So more fabulous folding is on it’s way – whee!

8 Responses to “The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures”

By daria wilber - 28 August 2018 Reply


You are lucky! Saw your Elissa & Hedi #1, Brava! I have my copy ordered and cannot wait to get it.

Have fun playing!

By Elissa - 29 August 2018 Reply

Daria –

Oh, I’m gonna play. 🙂


By Lmvhudso - 29 August 2018 Reply

Oh wow! Thanks so much for spreading the word. I can’t get to Hedi class nor a Blue Roof class so this this will be a brilliant alternative. Looking forward to your projects. I love your newsletters. Laura

By Elissa - 29 August 2018 Reply

Laura –

Its going to be pretty hard to get to a Hedi class in the future – I believe she’s limiting her traveling/teaching now. My understanding was that her gig at North Country Studio Workshops was a special case.

I’m glad to hear that you like my newsletters. I hope you enjoy the posts!


By marcia - 29 August 2018 Reply

The website has delicious photos of Hedi’s work, most of which I have never seen before.  Very exciting!

By Elissa - 29 August 2018 Reply

Marcia –

Right? Dang that lady’s good.


By Ulla Warchol - 9 September 2018 Reply

I love your style! Thank you for being as into this as we are.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!


By Elissa - 10 September 2018 Reply

Ulla –

Thanks so much! I am totally into this. It means so much that you visited me here. 🙂


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