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Joint Venture: E for Explosion

A Print for the Fallen

A successful collaborative project that brings together individual specialisms to create an elegant and functional artefact.

Andrew Kulman

Andrew Kulman and SaraKulmanPaperPlay join forces

E for Explosion is a collaboration demonstrating husband and wife team work. Andrew produced a series of wood engravings over Summer and asked Sara to design a folder which could contain four small engravings. The theme was explosions,inspired by Vorticist images and Paul Nash’s wood engravings of the Great War. Why explosions? Andrew  suggests that there was irony in taking something almost impossible to depict visually and engraving it in fine lines across small block of Lemon wood. What you achieve is an impression rather than anything that can be called objective.

Sara’s contribution was a series of innovative folders, using the dynamism of shapes and angles to make a visual response in card to the theme of explosion.  What originally started as a folder for four images became a folder for one particular image. The first considerations were centred on materials and colour. Particular…

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Ice Cream & More Chocolate

Following on from the last post some more seasonal packaging to get you in the mood for summer.

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Holiday Chocolate Boxes

I wanted to share two of my passions, packaging and chocolate. These two boxes and their contents provide fond memories of summer holidays in France.

Au Chat Bleu Au Chat Bleu Chocolat, rue St Jean at Le Touquet France. Founded 1912 by two sisters who chose to make chocolates of their great love, the Blue Persian cat.

Le Pompon De Brest The Pompon Brest, a salted butter caramel coated with dark and white chocolate, created by Pierre Le Petitcorps Macarons and Chocolates, 41 rue de Lyon, Brest, Bretagne. Created in homage to bachi sailors.


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“The free bird thinks of another breeze…”

“The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees”

Maya Angelou

This book, Little Folks Treasure Book, was in the skip. With no use for it’s contents I took the backboard, which was covered in book cloth and cut out words to reveal the pulp board underneath. The intricacy of the printed design provides an interesting backdrop to the prose, which was taken from the poem Caged Bird by Maya Angelou.

I am fascinated by the way you can remove layers from book covers to reveal different surfaces. I used this as a test to see if my cutting machine was capable of cutting type part way through a surface. It proved itself well, though there is no room for error and I will continue to cut by hand as well.

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Paper Fan

Inspiration came from a fan that was bought from an antique shop in Barcelona. When it opens it has a locking device created by flaps that fold to the front and back of each leaf. This fan has two leaves, however when taken apart it was apparent that it originally had three.

Girl with the Watering Can, 2014 is made from card and a page from a book called Toys and Games (Indoors), Edwards and Gibbon, 1966. It was based on a stencil that was part of a series made by Reeves. The stencil motif is inspired by my love of those used as a child to create pictures on a rainy day.

Medium: Paper and card.
Dimensions: H: 150mm W: 105mm-240mm.

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Sequencing & Storytelling 

Sequencing & Storytelling using Paper Construction, a workshop for Level 4 students at BCU, Birmingham City University.

We looked at examples of paper construction and folding from different sources that included design/publicity, packaging and story books. The objective was to show how different techniques can be used to sequence and create narratives and how by using just a series of simple folds and/or cuts students could introduce interest, intrigue, surprise and suspense into their stories.

15 students attended the workshop that ran for one afternoon. We practiced the basics then made four different constructions: Map with Self Cover, Peepshow, Un-ravelling Folder, Volvelle.

These projects were intended to be a catalyst for the students to develop and use in their current module, Exploring Meaning Through Narrative.

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Beginnings: Tools of the Trade

To even begin creating I need my tools to inspire.

What better than in a vitra. Toolbox, designed by Arik Levy 2010. My chosen colour being brick red.

This was purchased following a beautiful crisp walk on The High Line NYC in February. A fitting end to an amazing trip.