This was the first workshop of the year and truthfully I wasn’t sure if I should go because I have done paper making last year but I though it might give me a refresher and make me more relaxed but this year. At the end of the workshop I was over the moon, Tom Martin started the workshop with showing us his stunning work. He spoke about it with such a care and a sparkle in his eye it made me more exited about this term and the IG project. I really liked all of his work because it was all paper made but it wasn’t just there to ‘look pretty’. Some of it had pop-out or interesting folding. Some products would come in a card form and then the client would have to build a building or a press out of it. I think this is a really interesting and creative idea and I might be doing something along these lines during this project.
Tom also spoke about this inspiration and thought process which I thought was really interesting. We talked about how he found this bright yellow envelope in one of the book stores but with a little creativity and imagination the paper would create different address squares outcomes each time you folded it differently. I think this is so fun but also easy at the same time.
From this one envelope design he created those little boxes with out out shapes in them. There is hundreds of geometric cutouts in each box and if you change the order of the cutout you get a different design.
He then took this idea even further and made those little prototypes for calendars. The idea is that each geometric page would have a month on the long stripe and a date in the circle bit and you would twist the page everyday to get today’s date. Each page will be twisted 4 times and they design would be different everyday. The interesting thing about this product is that its so simple but at the same time so fun and it keeps the client/buyer interested for the whole year.
Then Tom suggested showing us how do to our own paper but after seeing all of his amazing work we wanted to learn how to do flaps, pop-out and little boxes. We have used ‘bread&butter’ paper which means it can be used for anything as it is not to thick or thin. We started of with a spiral pop-out then carried on to making a simple flap and finally we made a match looking box of our work. This workshop was very fun and I feel like I have learned a lot in such a small amount of time. This got me exited this the upcoming project and I definitely will want to do pop-out this term.