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“Exploding” Books – Holiday Edition NEW! Online Class Dec 3

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“Exploding” Books – Holiday Edition NEW! Online Class
Saturday, December 3, 1-4pm MT
Instructor: Kristen Lewis
Limit: 20 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your kit in time for the class, register by Nov 26.

Local book artist Kristen Lewis has put a holiday twist on her popular “Exploding” Books class. The three little books “explode” into a series of square and triangular patterns when you open them, packing an unexpected punch. Using holiday and other festive papers, it’s easy to turn them into little ornaments. Personalize them by adding photos, other images, or holiday greetings. The ornaments are delightful little surprises! 

The techniques for the three books are similar and build on themselves. How nice when one technique leads to such diverse and impressive results. Kristen starts out with the basic explosion fold for the first book and then works with you in tandem to create the squash book and the star book.

As you play with the geometry of paper, follow her lead and enjoy the relaxing, meditative exercise of folding the pre-cut papers for your books. You’ll leave class with an arsenal of new skills in your creative toolbox plus information to inspire other projects. Use those skills to turn your stash of small papers into more ornaments, mini scrapbooks, little albums, cards – almost anything! 

This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Scissors
  • Old magazine, newsprint, or other paper for keeping glue off the work surface
  • Optional: bone folder
  • Optional: apron to protect clothes from glue
  • Optional: 12" ruler
  • Optional but very useful: damp paper towels, hand towels, or baby wipes in case of glue mistakes and to keep fingers clean

Class Kit Includes:

  • Glue Stick
  • Prepared paper & bookboard for all 3 projects
  • Photo corners
  • Bead
  • Ribbon
  • Templates, handouts & information

We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number (check your spam folder) once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

Zoom Info

Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day before the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

 Kristen Law Lewis was bitten by the book-bug in the last semester of her undergrad Studio Art studies at University of Colorado. She’s made all kinds of books since - founding Papercuts Press in 2005. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, teaching, and caring for museum collections. She has taught bookbinding classes since 2007 and brings a gentle, engaging, and informative approach to guiding class projects.

"My work is largely driven by materials and process. I love the challenge of physically incorporating something special into what I make. Upcycling, repurposing, and reducing waste are key interests in my studio practice. I think a lot about where things come from, and where they are going. I'm enamored with material objects - modifying their past significance to construct a relevance for them today."

Read Two Hands Paperie’s Artist Interview with Kristen

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