|Blue Butterfly Book|
(Three times the letter B)
I have always been interested in Pop Ups and actually took a class in Paper Engineering at The Center for Book Arts in NYC. A second class that I took was a bookbinding class that dealt with a special type of book called the Star Book Structure. Like a tunnel book, the pages are mounted to each other in layers to present a diorama per page. When the book is opened cover to cover, the pages make the shape of a five sided star. I was going through my Japanese paper stash and saw this paper that had butterflies on it--therefore, the third B.
The first job was to cut out butterflies and attach them so they would "fly" once the pages were open. I used some butterfly designs from a Dover Publication book as the basis of my collection. The first step was to cut out the butterflies.
|Butterfly with vellum background|
|Layers two, three and four|
(illuminated with a tea light)
|Fully opened book|
|Illuminated book from above|