Occasionally I notice that my life is recursive: things appear, then disappear, then return –a bit of déja vu all over again.
In August of 1996, I attended (as a guest) the combined 114th meeting of the American Ornithologists Union and the annual meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation in Boise, Idaho. I enjoyed a number of the presentations, but there was a special treat at the Idaho Center for The Book: an exhibition of artist’s books. It was my first encounter with what is now commonly called a kaleidocycle. Viewers were offered a plan for a ‘kaleidagon’ to take home. I still have mine, a little the worse for wear.
I filed it away, not having any need for it at that time.
A few years ago a friend and I briefly played with the idea of creating a kaleidagon using some of her photographs. The project was never completed, but I did file the link to a printable plan that I found on a website called Enchanted Learning. It was called a ‘3-D hexaflexagon’.
And then I forgot about it.
On February 19th, Paula Beardell Krieg published a post called Kaleidocycles and Tetrahedrons and there it was again. The post included information on a fabulous pop-up version by Simon Arizpe.
I could not resist. (I really didn’t try very hard!) I ordered a copy and it arrived this week. It is just as wonderful as it looked on the internet.
Here’s a video of it in action:
You can see more pictures of The Wild (and perhaps purchase your own copy) here.
I wasn’t the only person who read Paula’s post on kaleidocycles: Kaija Rantakari (Papiaarre) was inspired to make her own version.
You can read her post and watch a video of The End in action here.
Perhaps it is time for me to do something with the structure!
In other book arts-related news:
Graviky Labs, an Indian start-up, is making ink from air pollution.
You can read about it here.
Also ink-related, you can pre-order a copy of the Novo Typo Color Book here.
You can read more about Mark van Wageningen and his design manifesto propounding the use of colour in typography here.