Monday, January 10, 2011

Angel Fish!

Got some angel fish made using the paper from the old children's books!

Some of the paper is fairly brittle, so I doubt if it will take kindly to being folded into anything terribly complicated and requiring loads of handling. The angel fish model uses a lot fewer folds than something like a crane, so it worked out OK. Here's a close-up of some of them:

The books were a Hans Christian Andersen collection with lovely illustrations in both sepia tone and full color. The color illustrations are gorgeous, having that 'old book' deep pigmentation that has mellowed with age. Also in this shot is paper from a collection of fairy tales--this paper is even MORE brittle and threatened to crumble & flake if not coaxed into shape VERY gently. A third book was an odd little book from the New York opera telling the story of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'.

I am glad I was able to save the paper from the ruined books, it was just too gorgeous to throw away--yay for origami!

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