If you have ever made something that looks like these,
then you already know how to fold today’s first triangle. (The image comes from recipegirl.com. You can find her recipe for Spinach, Feta, and Sun-dried Tomato Phyllo Triangles here. I haven’t tried them, but they look delicious.)
The paper version looks like this.
I’m not sure when I first learned this fold. I didn’t know it in high school, so I must have come across it somewhere since then.
Writing instructions on the outside of mash notes seemed to be a big hit with my female classmates in Grade Nine, so I came up with two more versions.
They are almost identical, with the corners on the surface of one, and tucked under on the other. Continue reading
As I mentioned yesterday, I folded mash notes for other girls when I was in Grade Nine. I soon got bored with the simple fold I was using and started experimenting. Here are a couple of the early variations.
The theme for this year’s Advent Calendar is Enclosures. Since many people still send letters by real mail at this time of year, I will begin with letter folds. First up, the Regency letter fold, or who knew that I had something in common with Jane Austen when I was in high school?!
I was bullied in Grade Nine, quite seriously. Some of my teachers even participated. (I was new to the area, I was a year —or two— younger than my classmates, I could speak French, I wore glasses, I wore hand made clothes… ) Many of the girls in my class were regular writers of mash notes, which they would post through the air vents of boys’ lockers. They folded up their missives several times to make them smaller, but were not doing anything fancy. I discovered that my paper folding ability could buy me a little relief. I would pre-fold loose-leaf pages and give them away to other girls to write on. The girls backed off the bullying because they wanted my folded bits of paper.
The first fold I used is pretty close to the one Jane Austen used when she was writing letters.
Tonight’s flick takes us back to things bookish, and introduces us to Ellen G. K. Rubin, AKA The Popuplady. We get a quick look at a few of the 9,000 plus books and other items from her collection of movable books, toys, and pop-ups.
If you feel like making a pop-up this weekend, there is a huge selection of templates for do-it-yourself ones available here. Since Christmas and New Year’s Eve are coming soon, these ones might be of special interest.
Last week I promised to show you the mounting system I created for my wall piece Moody Blues. First I cut four pieces of 100# acid free card stock to fit inside the base units. I marked the card stock so that I could position the hole punch accurately.
I mentioned in the comments on last week’s flick that I am a sucker for inanimate objects brought to life. Animators sometimes do this exceptionally well. Possibly the most famous CGI short film ever made —and the first to be nominated for an Academy Award— is Luxo Jr. from Pixar. The first flick today is a 30th birthday tribute to Luxo Jr. from Stiller Studios, made using their motion control robots.
In case you have never seen Luxo Jr. (and because it is worth watching again even if you have seen it before) here is the full original posted by Cooper Hewitt Museum, courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios.
Perhaps you will look at inanimate objects in a new light this weekend.
It has been a busy week. I submitted an application for an exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery in Saskatoon. (This took several days, and the hardest part was cutting my C.V. to two pages. Most places let you submit four.) I am so pleased with Moody Blues, and would like to do more large works, but it would also be nice to have a destination/deadline to work towards. In the rush to get the application in, I submitted —as support material— the model I had made of the hidden hanging mechanism without photographing it first. You will have to wait until next week to see it. By then the exhibition will be open and I should be able to show you pictures of the finished work installed. In the meantime, here’s a peek at part of the lower left corner.
The high point of the week was attending a book launch.
Tonight’s flick has nothing to do with book binding or paper making, or paper folding or anything bookish at all. It’s just a lovely little story from Polder Animation doing what animation does best: rendering the impossible possible.
If you have an old Rubik’s cube somewhere in your house, you might want to check on it this weekend.