Tied Bundle : Folded Book Art

Tied Bundle : Folded Book Art


This book sculpture has a very distinctive look which I call Tied Bundle because it looks like a bundle of hay tied together tightly so there is a cinched waist.

This design is a little more challenging compared to some of the other designs. The difficulty comes from figuring out the location of the landmarks at which the paper is folded. Once you figure it out, then the process is simple and repetitive. For some, it might even be simple and “meditative”.

Generally, book sculptures or altered books are books which have been transformed into incredible pieces of art. Altered books often include the use of scissors, glue, and sometimes paint; however, this design was made by folding only.

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Book Sculpture: Tied Bundle

folded book art sculpture

Step 1:

Take a book and remove the front and back cover but leave the pages bound together. Without ripping off the pages, remove small bits of binding glue that may still be adhering to the spine of the book. The book used here was a day-planner donated by Slingshot.

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Step 2:

Fold down the top-corner of the page so it touches the spine of the book (connect the red dots). Move the point of contact up and down a little until the crease bisects the bottom-corner of the page (green arrow). Once you’ve found that, press down to establish the crease.

folded book art sculpture

Step 3:

Turn the page.

folded book art sculpture

Step 4:

Now do the same thing but fold the bottom corner towards the spine. Adjust the location until the crease bisects the top-right corner. Press down to establish the crease.

folded book art sculpture

Step 5:

Turn the page.

folded book art sculpture

Step 6:

Repeat steps 2 through 5 until all the pages have been folded.

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This is how it looks like when 4 pages are done.

folded book art sculpture

Side view when all the pages are done.

folded book art sculpture

3/4 view.

If your book has more pages or if the pages were thicker, your sculpture may flare open more to have 360-wrap-around.

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Book sculptures or altered books are often created by modifying the pages of a book while the pages are still bound together. You can cut, fold, paint, and do all sorts of interesting things with the paper to create beautiful structures. The book sculptures on this web site are made by folding only.