It has been exciting to lead programs at the Granada Hills Branch Library of the LAPL, as part of my Artist Residency there: “We Write the Book“, supported by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
In honor of Chinese New Year, community members participated in creating “Double Flower” books (also known as “Exploding Books”).
Both adults and children learned to fold and “pop-out” the basic structure. They then made several and glued them together to create a long or short book of repeated folded forms that flatten into a single square. Finally, they had a blast adding covers and a tie if they wished, and embellishing their creations with all manner of materials.
Sisters with their folded up books: books closed..
Taking the materials in another direction…
Mom gets into the act making her own Double Flower creation.
I also taught the “Turkish Map Fold”, (but that is another story…), and this intrepid maker was able to create one on her own!
Dad gets a gift from daughter…
The work of our hands…
Celebrating the beauty of the holiday, in community, creating together.