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Look at Examples of Structures
Crossett's artists' books collection has many examples of paper structures. Browse the list of structures and let a librarian know which ones you would like to see!
Flexagons are structures created by folding strips of paper, that can be flexed or folded in certain ways to reveal more faces than were originally on the back and front.
Here's an example of a cross flexagon book from Crossett's collection of artists' books. Ask the library staff if you'd like to view it.
Flashing Lights by
Call Number: Artists' Books N7433.4.G65 F53 2010
Publication Date: Never Mind the Press, 2010
A cross flexagon book in a folded red paper sleeve. A surreal and rhythmic view of getting pulled over by the police while driving. Letterpress printed from handset Univers type and photopolymer plates onto Lenox 100 paper. Paper sleeve has window cut-out, Mylar "windshield" sandwiched between the layers, and printed white rule on the front, letterpress print on the back. Pull at the four rotating faces to tell the story: stay on course to get back to the beginning. 7" x 7". Library copy 5 of 36 and signed by author and illustrator.
Creating 3D Pop Ups
Paper engineer David A. Carter has a website with PDFs of templates for many of the pop-ups featured in his book The Elements of the Pop-Up which the library owns.
The Elements of Pop-Up by
Call Number: Z1033.T68 C37 1999
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
This is the definitive reference book for the aspiring paper engineer. The lifeblood of pop-ups is kinetic energy, or the energy resulting from motion. When a card or book is opened, wonderful things happen as a result of that energy. This is the ultimate collection of folds put together for the purpose of learning how to create pop-ups.
Accordion folds are simple but need to be done precisely. They are a versatile and useful technique.
Accordion folds are used in creating hinge spines, flag book binding, and tunnel books. The pages of a tunnel book are bound with two folded accordion strips on each side so when viewed through a hole in the cover there is an illusion of depth and perspective.
Here's an example of a tunnel book in action —The Tunnel Calamity by Edward Gorey