The Realm of Solids

Event Info

This three-session, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Thursdays, February 23—March 9, from 1:00 pm—3:30 pm.

Complete schedule:

  • Thursday, February 23, 1:00pm—3:30pm
  • Thursday, March 2, 1:00pm—3:30pm
  • Thursday, March 9, 1:00pm—3:30pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on February 16, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Paula Beardell Krieg. The ability to construct well-crafted solids opens up a world of possibilities within all areas of paper arts.

We start with placing the study of solids in historical context, referencing the concepts developed centuries ago by Plato and Lui Hiu, and will move forward in time to modern masters such as Franz Zeier and Tomoko Fuse. Gaining familiarity with these solids invites entry into a realm of puzzles, surprising kaleidocycle transformations, and striking visuals.

Discussions will include methods of incorporating interior lights and examining how solid forms invite inclusion of non-linear content.  

Required Materials:

  • a selection of cover weight papers
  • Bone folder
  • Pen that has run out of ink (to use for scoring)
  • Adhesives, such as PVA, glue stick, or double-sided tape
  • Self-healing mat
  • Metal-edged ruler
  • Access to a printer for printing out PDFs (Instructor Paula Krieg will be in touch to send PDF files to students prior to class)
  • Students may also purchase templates and paper pack from Paula Krieg. The materials kit can be purchased at this link

About Paula Beardell Krieg

Paula Beardell Krieg (she/her) has been a paper enthusiast for as long as she can remember, taking particular delight in 3D paper transformations.

For thirty years she collaborated with teachers to design projects for the classroom, pioneering methods of accessible ways to teach book arts.

Since 2009 she has been writing about playful bookbinding and paper works on her Bookzoompa blog. Krieg regularly shows work in Bridges Math/Art exhibitions.

She has taught workshops at the Center for Book Arts, Museum of Mathematics, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dieu Donne. She has presented at various conferences, including MOVES 2019: Math Unfolded: The Mathematical Art of Origami.

Her work has been featured in Jean-Charles Trebbi’s L’art du Livre Origami, Helen Hiebert’s books, Paper Illuminated and The Art of Paper Craft, Lark Books’s Making Books and Journals, and Diane Mauer-Mathison’s The Art and Craft of Handmade Cards.


All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up! Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.

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