What is the educational value of craft? What do we learn through the act of making? Is ‘craft’ still relevant in today's design world?
The Book of…
series will explore these themes by celebrating the creative potential and intrinsic qualities of seemingly ‘everyday’ materials such as paper, wood, glass and stone.
The Book of Paper
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Robert J. Lang
Origami, Math, Technology
“Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami – using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.” (TED 2008 Monterey, California)
The former physicist at the California Institute of Technology, is now a professional origami master. Lang practices his craft as both artist and engineer, one day folding the smallest of insects and the next the largest of space-bound telescope lenses.
Paul Jackson (U.K.)
Paul Jackson’s work encompasses the creation of sound sculptures, installations and packaging design. In 1983 he was commissioned to write his first origami book, and has since written a further 24 titles on a diverse range of topics associated with the art and craft of paper. In the late 1970s he began Paper Music: an ongoing project where music is created from paper sound sources. That is: all the sounds originate from paper. In its purest form, Paper Music explores the potential of paper as an acoustic medium.
The Art of
Born in Saitama, Japan, Chiaki Morita has always been interested in the art and craft of traditional handmade papers. Having studied Craft Design at the Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, she learned how to make washi – a traditional Japanese art of papermaking, and has since dedicated her work to exploring its potential as a material in her artworks. Regarded as an authority on the subject of washi, Chiaki is the author of Kaminomono
(Paper things) and Teshigoto no shiori
(The mark of handcraft).
The Future of Paper
Maja Stanic graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Graphic Arts, University of Zagreb, with a degree in Graphic Technology. In the course of her PhD research, which concerns the structure, surface, colour, and permanence properties of 3D-inkjet prints, Maja has published and presented papers in journals, seminars and forums. Her research interests include novel printing techniques such as 3D printing, developments in digital printing, active and intelligent printed products, print quality assessment and image analysis techniques in papermaking and printing technology.
Tyran of Cardboardia
‘Visionary architecture’ is a term frequently used to describe objects and structures that come to life on paper, but in actuality, never get built. At Cardboardia, this definition is taken one step further as the visionary architecture of our dreams becomes a cardboard reality. Every year the administration of of a new ‘country’ called Cardboardia appropriates territory all over the world and proceeds to build entire towns of cardboard houses. The country has its own government, an array of rather creative citizens, called personages, a bank and even its own hymn. In short, every year a new nation is created from scratch
– a small, but very proud nation.
Paper Educational Tool
Miri Golan is the founder and director of the Israeli Origami Center, which trains and place origami teachers in Jewish, Muslim and Christian schools. The Center is a world leader for the use of origami in education. She has developed a programme called ‘Origametria’ to teach geometry by teaching origami, from aged 4 upwards. This highly successful programme reaches 10,000 children weekly.
Henk Porck (The Netherlands)
History and Conservation
Henk Porck studied biochemistry at the Free University (VU) in Amsterdam. His PhD thesis was a biochemical-genetic study at the VU Medical Faculty Department of Anthropogenetics. In 1983 he was appointed conservation scientist at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague. In 1991 he also took up the curatorship of the KB Paperhistorical Collection.
Branka Lozo (Croatia)
Paper Characterization and
An assistant professor in the Department of Materials in Printing Technology at the University of Zagreb, Lozo has been involved in a number of international projects exploring new methodologies in paper production and printing, including: the characterisation of paper surfaces for improved paper grades; improvements in the understanding and use of de-inking technology; and the limits of paper recycling.
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