The Camera’s Eye – Iris Folding
Friday, April 12th, 2:00 - 4:30pm
Instructor: Joy Weinstein
These unusual pieces crafted by Joy Weinstein look complicated but are actually quite simple to make. The technique is called iris folding, so named because the completed piece resembles the variable opening of a camera lens. Iris folding has nothing to do with origami – it uses only a basic straight fold that’s done on individual paper strips. The technique originated in Holland, where local craft people invented it to make use of beautifully patterned paper cut from inside business envelopes. (An early example of upcycling!) Once you understand the basics of iris folding you can create almost any design. We’ve seen a rooster and even a wildly abstract piece that would look right at home in a contemporary art museum. The supplies are simple: strips of colored paper, cutting tools, and tape. Joy will supply a few different patterns to get you started. On of the delights of Iris folding is that a tiny message, photo, image, or flat-ish embellishment looks nice set in the opening left at the center (in camera terms, the aperture).
Please bring the following materials to class:
- Optional: favorite small pointed scissors
- Optional: fine pointed markers
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Joy Weinstein has been serious about expressing herself with art since she was in elementary school. Little wonder, since she grew up with a very artistic mother who had about 50 hobbies! Joy confesses to having only twenty. She’s a retired elementary school art teacher and librarian, and now teaches a variety of craft classes, practices a lot of yoga, and volunteers her time. Joy loves color and enjoys playing with the sparkling colors of dichroic glass in her fused glass jewelry. On a lark, she took a paper arts class in Iris Folding, which is based on the spiral form of a camera's eye (the iris), and was fascinated by the mixing and matching of different colored papers to form a finished design. Joy loves cooking, especially baking, and filling the yard of her mountain home with flowers.