This month I have been experimenting with folded book structures beyond the basic accordion fold. One of the new techniques I tried is called the Turkish Map Fold. It is a fold that can be done from both square and rectangular pieces of paper, and opens up to reveal the entire piece of paper.
I made this Springtime Folded book from two square pieces of paper. I started by decorating the flat pieces of paper with image transfer, colored pencil, and a quote about spring by Ruth Stout. Once the decorations were done, I folded each piece into a Turkish Map fold.
Next, I cut one long piece of book board to fit beneath the two folded pieces, and two smaller pieces of book board for each side of the front cover. Then I glued the boards to decorative papers, leaving space for the front covers to hinge open, and attached ribbon closures. Finally, I glued down the top and bottom sections of each folded piece to the finished covers.
After finishing the book, I thought it would be nice to have a matching box to put it in. I've been getting more into box making recently, so it was also a great opportunity to practice what I learned in the cartonage workshop I took last summer.
The box has a tray for the book and a hinged case that wraps around the tray and ties shut. I made the entire box by hand using scraps of book board, patience, and a little bit of math. This book and box are number 3 out of 14 Art Books in 2014.