Into the fold

When someone says ‘paper folding’, cute origami cranes or jumping frogs are probably the first things that spring to mind. But such is the versatile nature of paper, it’s not just dinky animals you can create but tactile, architectural sculptures – with a little help anyway.

This week’s Design Week Review is dedicated to some such innovative paper projects found in new book Papercraft 2: Design and Art with Paper published by Gestalten (see DW 21 April). If it’s whet your appetite to get cutting, folding and sticking yourself, you could do far worse than checking out another book, Folding Techniques For Designers, which is published by Laurence King next month.

One of the folds featured in the book
One of the folds featured in the book

The book, by Paul Jackson, shows you how to develop reams of nifty three-dimensional patterns, both angular and curved, using just one sheet of paper. The techniques would be perfect for sculptural projects, but would be equally impressive photographed for 2D graphics.

 Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form by Paul Jackson is published in May by Laurence King Publishers, priced at £19.95.

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