A Simple Book Structure

25 Days of Paper – Day 15

December 15, 2017
When does inspiration strike?
Last year around this time, I was looking at a pile of catalogs/junk mail on my dining room table. And I envisioned this book sculpture. I created a half-tree template, laid the catalog on my cutting mat, grabbed my Xacto knife and cut out this tree shape. Voilá, a book tree!

The pages were already “bound” with the staples that held the catalog pages together. My mind started spinning, and I found these interesting two-sided glossy papers in my paper stash. I started creating this series of buildings. I love how they collapse!

Eventually, my prototypes led to the August project in the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Do you have a catalog laying on your dining room or office table? Or a unique paper waiting to be turned into something new? Here’s a tip: a flat bottom on your design will make your book sculpture stand nicely. Otherwise, you can hang it (like an ornament)! Ready… set… go, and send me a picture if you create something!


We’re making these Collapsible Buildings using brightly colored lokta papers in the Twelve Months of Paper Online Class today. It’s not too late to join the class, which runs through December 23rd (a newbie just signed up yesterday). You’ll have access to the video tutorials throughout 2018, so you can make at your own pace! Find out more about the class and the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.


About the 25 Days of Paper 2017: I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar or the online classclick here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season!

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