Quite a considerable time ago I started making some book-type structures using whatever was to hand. Initially these were simply folded. They all had soft covers which were made from carrier bags, paper wrappers and the like, the pages inside computer paper. As time went on glueing and stitching became part of my repertoire and I searched out other papers for the pages. Making these books gave me the opportunity to play with a range of materials and simple techniques.
Origami books: above (1) two trials with computer paper printed with my own photographs.
Below an origami book (2-6) using a Jigsaw carrier bag. The design appealed and tempted me to add words on translucent paper -- sadly the paper strips didn't adhere too well.
- The type of paper dictated the success of the fold: too soft and definition is lost, too thick the fold might not be straight. Too thick paper can also create stitching problems.
- Follow the grain, if possible, when folding -- grain parallel with the spine.
- The weight of cover and pages must be sympathetic.
- The feel of a book in the hand is very important.
- Nothing should be disregarded as bookmaking material.
- Consider stitch as a way of enhancing both the look and feel of paper and cover.