Book Sculptures

Objets de curiosité

How It Began

My foray into book folding started 8 years ago when, one day, I reorganized my bookshelves and found myself with a stack of unwanted books. I wasn’t interested in keeping the books but at the same time I was reluctant to throw them away. I decided to give them a second life and challenged myself to use these materials creatively. And so with a penchant for experimenting, I now carry on the book’s long tradition of communicating ideas — but in a non-conventional manner. Going beyond the printed word, I focus on the book’s physical form. Using old and discarded books, I fold, cut, and shred the pages to create abstract sculptures which present a new way of “reading” the book. The text, peeking out of the folded pages, is reduced to an idyllic symbol as it blends with the book’s new form.

Book Sculpture by Johwey Redington, 2012
Book Sculpture by Johwey Redington, 2012
Book Sculpture by Johwey Redington, 2012


n. [kyoo r-ee-os-i-tee]
1 the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness. 2 unusual, intriguing objects of art made with painstaking accuracy or attention to detail; shortened to curio.

The “Objets de curiosité” Series are small paper ornaments created by folding the book pages around the central spine. These are the first things I made when I started playing with books as a sculptural material – an excellent warm-up in exploring the possibilities of folded books.

image on left: paper pinecones in a glass cloche, 2012