First I thought of tinkering in the kitchen, but that’s actually the only place I do easily tinker. In general I tinker when I search for a partial (or specific) solution for something I want to solve, but I hardly ever tinker just for the fun of tinkering.
I already liked the idea of doing something with paper, just one sheet of paper as Sean mentioned in the video.
Then I met a friend and she has to move and has too many books and didn’t know what to do with them. I thought of the time I moved to Brasil and had to get rid of a lot of books too: and even when I wanted to give them for free to the recycle shop, they didn’t want them! They already had too many books and would throw them in the wastepaper basket!
My friend said, that as I child she would fold the pages of books and make little cabins of them… and then I had my spark:
To be clever (I thought) I took some thin books and started to fold as she had shown me (picture 2).
It worked out well, just a bit repetitive work (It took me some 5 minutes. I tried speeding up the folding by doing several pages at the same time, but that wasn’t practical either, more like double work).
Luckily I had taken a book of only 125 pages… I thought. Because in the end I discovered that a thin book only makes 1/3 of a circle. So I should take a book of at least 350-400 pages to make ‘cabins’… (that’s for some other time)
When I put it flat, it looks like a hedgehog. But a friend tells me it’s not very original and shows me a picture on Google. I could make Christmas tree decorations out of them?
I took a second book, with photos in it. And then I had this idea: could I make a sort of pop-up book, like I had as a child (but without adding extra paper, just using the pages of the book)?
And I started experimenting a bit, with the photos, but also with text pages using the folding I did earlier.
My latest idea: maybe I could leave them in public spaces? (park, train…)