I like paper a lot. Every piece is different, and it’s not just for writing notes and letters.
Above the final result of a how-to-make-a-paper-flower instruction from here.
Paper roses can go in these paper vases by Romy Kuhne. So could little paper tigers. Above from mocoloco.
You can fold paper of course to make it fit in an envelope, to make an airplane, to make a fan, or to make an amazing white-on-white image of a Renaissance building interior, as artist Simon Schubert does. Above from geekologie, where there are more.
Richard Sweeney folds paper too, three-dimensionally. See more at his flickr set
This paper record player is said to work well, so long as you can turn the record yourself at exactly, in this case, 33 and a third revolutions per minute. Another score for geekologie here
If you add cutting to folding, you get more possibilities for paper objects. Matt Schlian makes paper chairs and other things. See these and other paper sculptures here.
Much earlier, writer of timeless stories, Hans Christian Anderson, made this little rocking chair. See his other paper cuttings at the Odense Museum in Denmark or here.
But with all the folding and cutting, we shouldn’t forget that paper’s main job for most of us is to receive our marks and keep them. When you receive a notebook as a gift, there’s a fair amount of pressure to fill it with something good.
Especially one like the above with the cool dot grid pattern. Behance Outfitter offers this, as spied by the always sharp eyed SWISS MISS.
Edward Lear knew what to do with a piece of paper and a pen. From a Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, originally from Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
And a while later, so did Beatrix Potter. again from the Vand A
Lots more to explore with paper, but I figured I’d finish up for today with a flip book. Take a simple small pad of paper, a pen, a bit of drawing ability, and a thumb. Voila, it’s a movie.