I made this after reviewing the work of an artist who created something similar. We attended our local library book sale and picked up a few old paperbacks off the “classics” table. This isn’t hard to do, just fold the pages. I recommend “curving” the spine before you start folding if you want a circular piece. This one is obviously just a half circle - either there weren’t enough pages or I didn’t pre-stress and curve the spine enough beforehand. I’ll try some others and post my results. We might hang these on the wall. I think they’d look great if we could find a way to add lights behind them.
The Design Files blog has an interview with artist Nicholas Jones, who creates book works using actual books, quite a few feature the folded page technique, though with more complicated folds - I like the twisty one!
I would describe my artistic style as book sculpture, although it has been referred to as altered book making, book surgery and other things. It has developed very organically over time. I have let the ideas come out very naturally, rather than using too much force. I make work at a reasonable pace, but I realise that if I try to work to quickly, the subtlety of the process is lost. Also, I can sometimes cut myself if I rush!