Mes amies, we interrupt the irregularly posted travelogues* to focus on my latest obsession: bibliogami.
It's fun to say and do!:)
The basic folds are pages halves and page turn downs/ups into triangles. I think of the resulting triangular designs as being like nipples or belly buttons: you have innies and outies.
Thanks to Catherine Layton for giving me the instructions for this "innie" design:
As mentioned on my Facebook page:
It's literally easy as 1-2-3.
1. Fold one page half DOWN in a triangle shape.
2. Next page, fold one page half UP in a triangle shape.
3. Third page, fold into two triangles -- one UP and one DOWN.
My next goal was to do an "outie" inspired by Whimsy Willow. A raving success! Merci beaucoup, Whimsy Willow!
My only complaint is that I wish the text on the dust jacket right back side ran the full length of the page:( The dust jacket is absolutely gorgeous as you can see. Which raises the question of: Do you use your bibliogami project as a wall hanging or a sculpture centerpiece? "Charles" definitely rates as a centerpiece, in my opinion.
Now, originally, I started out following Whimsy's instruction with this book, which is square. That is likely SO obvious to you, but I was SO oblivious to that fact:) It took me a couple of folds before it became "Oops" obvious.
Nonetheless, I kept folding to see what the surprise end result would be.
IF you turn your head sideways, you'll see a wee bit of a resemblance to a 3 pointed crown!
Now, unlike the other books, this one does not explode. In fact, to really show off the bibliogami effects, it looks best "squished." I envision it stapled or secured in some fashion at the bottom half, attached to a wall and items wedged in between the crown points....
I'd like to point out that this book was published in 2003, a decade ago, which in the travel genre is comparable to 3 centuries ago. That is how I justified recyling it into a bibliogami piece.
My next aspiration is to make something like this:
A special thanks to Detective Debbie of Daqadoodles (!:) who discovered the artist of the altered book doll (uncredited on Pinterest where I initially found the image). For more samples of Marie Gibbons' folded page book sculptures, visit her site here: http://www.mariegibbons.com/mariegibbons/sculpted-books/bookgallery/
Thank you again, Debbie!!!! Great sleuthing!
In searching online for various book folding tutorials, I came across some You Tube Videos which verify that, as usual, I'm behind the times:) Others have been doing this and embellishing the books, somewhat like an altered book art journal but specifically decorating the cover ends. Here's a couple of links:
Also, here is a tutorial in Spanish! The first two designs are ones also shown on Whimsy Willow's site, but if you fast forward to 6:09, you will see a design that is BOTH an innie and an outie of triangles:
One of the very first links I had shared on Facebook was to Johwey Redington's site. She has a design she calls the Utzon Book Sculpture. It makes me think of a starburst. Do check it out! She has diagrams as well as a You Tube tutorial.
If anyone finds free instructions on how to make the huge heart design, please let me know!
*My travelogue blogging has been derailed by summer and preparations for moving from one antique mall space to another. I plan to get back to Paris memories and my European travels in the fall!