All these works were made from books that were rejected by second hand bookshops. Ik fold of bend the pages, thus creating a threedimensional object from a flat book. I try to avoid cutting as much as possible.

dated 2013 until 2017 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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Arabesque

2017

In this work, the pages are first folded and then curled. This gives quite a different effect.

circle composition

2017

This work explores the limits of what is possible in precision bookfolding. The thinnest strips of paper are less than a millimeter wide. The design is -loosely- inspired by work from prof. Lionel Levine, who has a knack for finding math problems that lead to papers with fascinating illustrations.

Feelers

2017

Strips of paper of varying length and width curled and stapled together, gives an intriguing line pattern.

shapes

2017

Flowing shapes in different depths form an abstract tableau.

Vortex 2

2017

For a long time I intended to make a different version of 'Vortex'. But now it turned out even more different than I intended!

Waves

2016

The waves are according to a sinusoidal function.

Wings

2016

This work I made without a detailed plan in advance. The pages are curled, and occasionally glued.

Swans

2016

In this work I made use of the difference in color between the gray text and the white margin. This way the white of the 'swans' is accentuated. The idea came to me because of a remark about the colors by grafic artist Leonie van Santvoort.

Bell curve

2015

I folded the shape of the normal probability distribution. This function is well known in cartesian coordinates, but here it is presented in polar coordinates.

Conchoid

2015

This work shows segments of three curves, namely a circle (the ends of the unfolded pages), a straight line, and the third curve is a conchoid of Nicomedes. It is formed naturally by the ends of the folded pages. I think it is remarkable that Nicomedes studied this curve before there were books. 

Book end

2015

In this work I used the bottom of the page, whereas in most of my other works I used the side. This way, the silhouet appears on a part of a circle, rather than on a slightly curved rectangle. If this design is in use as a book end, the figurine appears to keep the books from falling.

Curves

2015

I made zigzag folds in the pages of this book. As a result you see three curves. The inner and outer one have the same shape, because the middle one is a half circle.

Don't close me

2015

I thought of this image from the expression 'a book you can't close'.

Fractal

2015

By overlapping the folded pages in a certain order, a fractal pattern emerges.

Pageturner

2015

This book turns its own page. Most pages I folded, but I curled a few too.

Ring

2015

I wanted to create the illusion of a floating ring in the book. The upper half is folded inward, the lower half outward. 

Circles

2015

This work shows various (half)circles, only some of which are concentric. 

Bookflower

2014

This thin booklet looks a lot more radiant with the pages fanned out.

Reading

2014

In this book I folded the silhouet of a reading woman. This requires a few hundred pages: the smallest details are formed by folds of less than a millimeter, in a single page.

Recycling

2014

This work expresses precisely what I do: I give an old book new value by folding an image into it.

Vortex

2014

Sometimes you seem to get sucked into a book. I wanted to express that image with this book.

Yin Yang

2014

It was quite a challenge to fold the yin yang symbol in a book, such that it shows the right proportions. I represented the colors clack and white by 'folded away' and 'not folded away'.

Sine and cosine

2013

This is a math book, so I thought a math theme would be appropriate.