Literary Origami – The Dark Side of Book Folding

I folded this book into a Skull for my daughter – for Halloween. I should have used a thicker book and made some cross bones too.

I live inside your face.
– Author Unknown –

Why is the human skull as dense as it is? Nowadays we can send a message around the world in one-seventh of a second, but it takes years to drive an idea through a quarter-inch of human skull.
– Charles Kettering –

I folded this book into a Gothy figure (for the same daughter) – for Christmas. I was going to embroider some dark skulls to decorate the cape and body, but that was going to take more time than I had. Instead, The Car Guy made some black epoxy resin snowflakes!

I had choosen the path of the black sheep rather than that of the unicorns and puppies.
– Magenta Periwinkle, Cutting Class –

I turned my bedroom into a bat-cave of band posters, dark curtains, and the occasional skull. I think by now my distraught parents were seeking advice from their pastor. Andy, meanwhile, calmly remarked, “I like how you’ve found a way to use Halloween decorations year-round.”
– Molly Ringle, All the Better Part of Me –

The Daughter loved both books – she is a nurse. If you have a nurse in your family, you know that their interests, stories and sense of humour can sometimes be – different.

Or maybe it is day shift explaining to night shift… either way, it was probably a ‘shit’ show, as they say.

If you know a nurse or a doctor or a person who works in a medical facility, be sure to let them know that you appreciate what they do! And when they get to telling you the story about the patient who… well, I won’t go there. So just listen and nod and smile, like they do, when you talk about gardening or other such things that don’t involve body parts and fluids.

18 thoughts on “Literary Origami – The Dark Side of Book Folding

  1. I continue to marvel at your talent, not to mention your patience. Amazing! I can’t even make a paper airplane out of a single sheet of paper.

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  2. I’m impressed with your artistic ability to fold books into interesting shapes while I can barely read a book. My desk and bedside table are laden with unread books. Perhaps I can clear up some space by learning how to fold the pages into interesting shapes and then giving them away as gifts.

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    1. I tried to write book folding instructions (https://amusives.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/literary-origami-book-folding-101/). I think I was only marginally successful. I learned how to do it from YouTube videos.

      If you learn to book fold, I think you would do a really good job of explaining it. You are very skillful in that department.

      If you decide not to do book folding, you could just gift the books – with instructions on how to do book folding…

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        1. Could you do a blog post explaining Freedom of Expression in Canada? Apparently Federal regulations prohibit television broadcasters from “broadcasting false or misleading news and abusive comments that are likely to expose persons to hatred based on listed grounds.” Does Canada have similar regulations for print or internet media corporations? Has Trudeau been nibbling away at the edges of Freedom of Expression?

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    1. Thanks AJ. I’d never seen it before I saw one in a display cabinet at the hospice where my dad spent his final few weeks. When I looked it up, I found that book folding is a craft from a few years back. It seems to have been more popular in the UK.

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