If you follow my blog, you know that I have been working with spirals recently (okay, obsessively). I took a break to clean out the studio, but now I am back to work on altering a set of math textbooks usingspirals. Yesterday I played with some new ideas for keeping the spirals attached to a two page spread. I plan to alter the pages, nest them into 2-3 page signatures, and sew them on tapes. Then I can glue the tapes back into the covers and create dynamic books. The pictures below show my experiments so far.
I have been away from the blog and creating paper art for a while, partly because I decided to completely redo my studio so that I can teach in the space and partly because I haven't had any creative ideas recently. I spent lots of time going through all my 16 years of collected bits, keeping some and donating the rest. Then I had to select a new storage unit and teaching table for the space. Here are some pictures of the before and after. I am sure in another 16 years I will need to do this again, but for now I have space to create and teach!
A reflection of the old crowded office.
The new arrangement with one work desk and a teaching table.
The new table and storage unit.
This storage unit replaces all the boxes I used to store under my work tables as well as much of the paper from the closet. It feels great to tidy up!
I have wanted to try cutting a design in paper before folding it into a spiral and today I finally had the time to sit down and do it. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, except to say thank you Bhavnafor teaching me to think about cutting as positive and negative space. Your teaching made this what it is!
The finished spiral.
Cutting the first panel with the tools of the trade.
All the cutting is done.
Partly folded spiral
Finished spiral. The paper is black on one side and silver on the other. It makes a nice contrast.
I enjoyed making Vector Analysis so much that I decided to play with the basic spiral from Tomoko Fuse's book and see what kinds of variations I could create. I also wanted to make some spirals from large sheets of paper. Here are some of the results.
Many spirals folded on graph paper. The straight lines make folding easier and the paper is inexpensive as a test surface.
Notes on variations of the trapezoid spiral.
Good quality, thin Japanese paper ~ 24 x 36 inches being forded.
The paper was so large and thin that I had to fold differently than for the small 8 x 12 samples.
The finished spiral. I invented the turn in that gives it a leaf shape at the top of the picture. It was a happy accident. The finished spiral is 11 x 12 inches.
After consulting with a couple of artist friends (Thanks Mom and Bhavna for the advice.) I decided the altered book I blogged about two weeks ago needed something more to make it complete. First, I added paper from one of the original book pages to the spine area to cover up the dark brown. Then I had an epiphany one night and realized I could make a spiral to fit into the spine. I worked on a prototype and it fit! So I made a few more using strips from the book's pages. In the end I needed 7 pages or 56 inches of length to make a spiral that measured 9 inches long. Below are pictures of the strips being folded with before and after pictures of the altered book.
The strip on the left was the prototype. I unfolded it so I could repeat all the measurements and scoring in the correct orientation.
Here are the first 5 strips creased.
Before the spine was decorated.
How the spine looks now. The center spiral is really 7 small spirals joined together.
I am excited to be teaching another Basic Book Arts workshop through San Diego Book Arts in May. It isn't up on the website yet, but I have been making samples this week and want to give you a sneak peek. I will be teaching two books; Moon Phases and Blue Kingfisher. The kingfisher book took a bit of work to get just right, but I love the colors and think it works well with the binding structure. I hope some of you can attend the class.
Moon Phases - closed.
Moon Phases - open.
Scraps from cutting the pages of the kingfisher book.
I am starting the new year with an altered book. I removed the pages from a 1957 textbook called Vector Analysis and turned some of the pages (with good illustrations) into spiral origami delights. I was guided by Tomoko Fuse's book Spiraland thought the shape of these objects worked well with the title and content of the original book. What do you think?
Altered Vector Analysis by Gina Pisello.
Top view of spirals.
Front view of the book. I used 3 different sizes of paper to create the spirals.
Book partially closed.
Tomoko Fuse's excellent book.
Samples of the helices I used in the altered book.