How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures
By Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol
Laurence King Publishing
Star rating: *****
This spellbinding papercraft book is a labour of love by renowned book artist Hedi Kyle. In The Art of the Fold, the magician reveals a careers-worth of secrets – all her very best innovative paper-folding moves. Although this book deals with bookcraft – a very specialized field – the author’s folding tricks can be applied to general papercrafting – including cardmaking and box-making. The designs all possess wow-factor architectural beauty – and yet are achievable via clear step-by-step illustrations and accompanying instructional text. The co-author, incidentally, is the author's daughter - so this book is very much a family affair.
The book is divided into five sections: The Accordion (yay! Pleats), Blizzards (these are books that have pocket- or boxlike enclosures), One-Sheet Books (Booklet Fold Star Pop-up – a gift for cardmakers), Albums, and Enclosures.
Many of the designs incorporate the surprise factor – such as flag books, “which may be described as a portable, expandable file that can display an array of materials in an animated way.” Clock the Wheel of Fortune – a starlike marvel. In the Enclosures section, you will find the Sling Fold – a book that’s a bendy card, and also the Telescoping Ziggurat, similar in effect to a quilled shape. All in all, it is origami meets pattern-making in an irresistible mix.
This book would make a delightful gift for a papercrafter. It would be great to dip into on a wintry evening or crafty weekend. Lots of ideas to mine for cards and keepsakes.
Note: I was supplied with a review copy of this book.