Book Artists: Paper Engineering

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AccessArt is compiling visual lists of artists, designer and makers who schools might like to use as sources of inspiration in the classroom. Explore these artists who use paper engineering to explore book design. Continue your exploration by using AccessArt resources to get your class to make their own work #InsipedBy artists.

These resources will inspire upper Key Stage 2 children (ages 10 and 11) and Key Stage 3 children (ages 11 to 14) to think about book design. 

ages 9-11
ages 11-14

Explore Book Artists

Inspired by Julie Chen

Julie is an Artist with a talent for creating books that are not at first what they seem to be. With hidden folds and complex structures, Julie breaks the boundaries of what we originally might think of as being “book”, to create exciting and unexpected treasures with paper.

Browse Julies work on her website to get a real sense of what it means to push the boundaries of “book”.  See Julie Chen’s site. 

Watch Julie’s Books Unfold

Watch the video to discover how Julie’s books are engineered to transform into new forms.

Find out more about how Julie creates her books here.

AccessArt Resources

Use Theresa Easton’s Turkish Map Fold Resource to Explore Concertinas 

Explore paper folding using this AccessArt resource. Explore Book Art by creating just one Turkish Map Fold or a whole concertina full using different patterns, colours or papers.  See the Resource. 

Design and Make Your Own Book Art

Design and build your own Puzzle Purse. Use and adapt the Make A Repeated Pattern resource to unveil a beautiful pattern in your Turkish Map Fold books, or use the Puzzle Purse resource to create and reveal your own stories.

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