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Paper crafts : a maker's guide.
Publication Information:
London : Thames & Hudson ; V&A, 2018.

Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Published in association with London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
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736.98 PAP Book Adult General Collection

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Paper crafts are as old as paper itself, with a profusion of different traditions originating around the world. The latest volume in the V&A's Maker's Guides series, Paper Crafts introduces a range of these fascinating traditions, offering paper projects inspired by a variety of diverse techniques, which are exemplified by objects from the V&A collection. From the classic Japanese art of origami to the gorgeously colorful and festive Polish "Wycinanki" folk decorations, the international scope of Paper Crafts is astonishing.Paper Crafts also features a practical guide to tools, techniques, and materials for the modern paper crafter. Step-by-step projects contributed by experienced teachers and practitioners allow aspiring and established paper artists to hone their craft. With projects ranging from braided paper-string jewelry to a concertina papercut peepshow, from a silhouette family portrait to a handmade paper notebook, this book will introduce crafters to the immensely exciting creative possibilities of paper.

Author Notes

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's leading museum of art, design, andperformance, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000years of human creativity. The V&A is located in London, England.

Rob Ryan is a Britishartist whose intricate papercut works are hugely popular.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This beautiful collection of old and modern paper crafts belonging to London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and the accompanying project guide, affirm that paper artistry remains a flourishing art form. Evident throughout is a high level of originality and craftsmanship, illustrating the diversity of paper crafting techniques. The book provides a splendid example of folding with a gorgeous 18th-century opera fan, which served as a seating plan with names of box holders. Paper-cutting techniques are represented by old cut-paper silhouettes of domestic scenes as well as by a contemporary family portrait silhouette. The intricacy of quilling (rolled paperwork) and decoupage (pasting and lacquering cutout paper images onto objects) is shown in tea caddies and framed motifs. Spectacular sculptures and papermaking projects include colorful masks, elegant handmade book covers, and papier-mâché bowls. Suggested design templates, tools, and materials are provided for the budding crafter. In the foreword, Rob Ryan, a London specialist in paper cutting, notes that it is the creative challenges of paper, "a material so light, so delicate, yet surprisingly strong," that draw many to the craft. This book unearths a treasure trove of paper crafts and provides guidance for the modern artisan. Photos. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Third in a series of "Maker's Guides" from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, this volume takes aim at the various forms of papercraft. The wealth of the presentation is both in the historical perspectives shared and the many variations offered on each of 15 projects. With this guide, makers can perform long-honored traditions of papercrafting, from origami and silhouettes to "sticking," which includes quilling, decoupage, and paper modeling. Sections include "Folding," "Cutting," "Sticking," and "Forming." Projects include a 3-D peepshow, a tropical bird silhouette, and a handmade paper booklet. Not adhering to any one tradition, this is a greatest hits of the world's papercraft, from Polish Wycinanki paper cuts to Kashmir papier-mâché. Readers will learn how to make not only things from paper but handmade paper itself, down to crafting their own mold and deckle. Each project can be adjusted to challenge both novices and experts, and many can be made with items found in the home. The designs are supplemented with images of completed works held in the V&A Museum, as well as a comprehensive section on tools and techniques. VERDICT Full of inspiration and expertise, this title promises hours of enrichment and activity. Historical and contemporary elements combine artfully to offer plenty of enjoyment for papercrafters.-Linda White, Maplewood, MN © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.