- An Exploration of Paper Mechanics
- My Final Major Project, Upsprung is a continuation of my previous project Unfolding, where I explored papers place within Graphic Design today. After completing Unfolding I felt that I had not fully explored the medium of paper, I left feeling like I could have gone further, so Upsprung is a deeper investigation into paper, focusing on the more mechanical and structural side of the medium to both deepen my understanding of the craft whilst also fueling my curiosity.
To do this I created a pop up book called Square, Circle, Triangle, which aims to ‘Aid the development of colour and shape recognition skills though play, allowing children to understand and experience colour & shape’. The book features nine unique pop up and interactive mechanics, each with their own unique poem explaining the shapes, colours and interaction on the page. The entire book has been handmade using a range of paper stocks, colours and processes.
I wanted to keep a detailed record of everything I did. To do this I created a process book that documented every aspect of the project from initial research through to the design and manufacturing stages of the project. This book is a detailed look at how I worked during this project. The book was hand bound using a coptic stitch and a clam shell box was also made to keep the book safe.
- One square, two square, three square, four
Pull the tab look there’s more
- Eight red circles form a sphere
Close the book, they disappear
- Tiny triangles jump with glee
Count their sides,one, two, and three
- Rectangle, that’s their name
Two side equal twothe same
- All the ovals look the same
But it’s the Circle that gets all the fame
- Bright yellow diamonds glide in flight
They are squares with corners pulled tight
- Six proud hexagons make a spire
Open the book, watch them get higher
- Squash a square and you’ll see
Trapeziums form, two and three
- Curly curls intertwine
How many shapes can you find?
- Instead of printing the poems onto each page I decided to use a simple foldout at the beginning of the book.
- A closer look at the spine whilst opening and closing the book.
- Along with the final pop up book I created a range of supporting books explaining and documenting my design process, from initial research, development and manufacture of the book.These books have, as with the pop up book, been hand made using a selection of binding methods and display techniques. Along with the supporting books I also used my blog to document the manufacturing of the books to show the process of makingthe final pop up book.
- Thank you for viewing my Final Major Project. If you would like to see some of the early incarnations of Square, Circle, Triangle please visit my blog.