Tear. Fold. Rip. Crease. Cut. Five physical actions that can turn a simple sheet of paper into fantasy.
A million miles from the wonky, crafty efforts of our childhood, "Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut" by Hatori Koshiro (writer on History and the Philosophy of Science, as well the founder of Japan’s Origami Academic Society no less) shines a light on the beautiful world of paper in art, fashion and design.
From the traditional art of origami and paper cutting through to contemporary experiments in conceptual paper installations and modular folding, Paper celebrates one of the world’s oldest and most widely used materials in all its visual glory. Showcasing a range of work as diverse as it is dynamic, from the vast sculpted installations of Mia Pearlman to the delicate paper incisions of Noriko Ambe, Paper also charts the history of the material and its role as an art form, from the process of its manufacture in Ancient China to the most recent technological advances. With a foreword by paper artist Richard Sweeney, Paper features leading artists such as Ambe, Ed Ruscha, Yuko Nishimura, Peter Callesen, Cara Barer, Brian Dettmer, Claire Brewster, Robert The, Ellen Bell, Selina Swayne, Lyndi Sales and Tokujin Yoshioka.
Gorgeous to look at; if this book doesn't inspire you get those scissors out then nothing will.