photo-020Cafe Lulu owner Karen Laurie has finally curated a show of her own artwork, meticulously folded books.

In her own words:

I have always loved books, and I have as much fun moving them from room to room as I do reading them.  On any given month, my bookshelves can be rearranged alphabetically, by size, or most often, by color.  I spotted my first folded book in a home furnishings catalogue about seven years ago and have been fascinated with them ever since.  I spent a lot of time as a kid folding perfect squares into Origami, so it was no surprise that I was naturally drawn to these books.

I started with paperback travel guides with simple folds (which have been perched here at Cafe Lulu on the shelf above the flavored syrups for years) and eventually branched out to hardbound books with more complex, sculptural patterns.

In this particular series, there are no cut pages; each page is folded once, twice, and sometimes three times.  Each book can take between two and four hours and it’s next to impossible to multi-task while creating a folded book!  I pay attention to each fold, plotting out the pattern beforehand, or letting the pages dictate the design as I go.  I find it incredibly satisfying to watch the book take shape and puff up like a proud peacock giving a glimpse of each precious page.

The books, mobiles, ornaments and boxed ‘spirals’ are all unique.  If there is something  you like that has been sold, a similar piece can be commissioned.