< Wildberries > This participatory picturebook is one of projects I have undertaken for my PhD.
The book invites the reader to be the protagonist and explore the story through a series of die-cut pages. Each turn of the page reveals a new scene. The shapes used on each page interact with those on the next to create new shapes which change as the layers are moved.
The book is made of 8 pieces of coloured paper bound together with a single piece of string in the middle, so that the order of the 8 colours will be repeated in reverse in the latter half of the book. As the story is a journey, the repeated but inverted colour order represents the reader leaving and then returning from their journey.
I used a creative constraint while designing this book; I planned to only use die cuts to present a whole journey in book form. During the design process of this book, I went back and forth between the forms, colours, materials and pacing. It was a long journey to finally reach this version.