Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Pivot Panel Workshop

In July, 2018, Dolores Guffey led a workshop of a Hedi Kyle structure called the pivoting panel. It was a two part workshop. The first part was to construct the structure. The second part was to give us an additional handout and discuss how to make our own version that includes determining measurements, different openings and types of covers.

Dolores started the workshop with a very long pivot panel book
 to show us how many different things we could put on the panels.

Dolores works hard at bringing a good workshop to us. 
She made sure that she had samples of each step of the structure.

We started with a simple accordion fold leaving a small tab
 at each end for affixing to the cover.

Ready for the next step.

Dolores gave us a jig for how we would cut each panel. After cutting out the jig,
 we compared our artwork to the jig for size. We could use artwork as a rectangle
 or cut it out using the entire jig area. This one uses only the rectangle.

We traced the jig shape onto our accordion fold card. 
This showed us exactly where to place the artwork.

Looking closely, you can see where the jig has been outlined on the sheet 
and then artwork is glued to the sheet. (As usual, these were glued on
 using the adhesive of your choice: glue stick, liquid glue or double sided tape.)

Once the gluing was complete, we started cutting. (Note that this artwork covered all of the jig area, not just a rectangle. This can appear that the artwork flows onto the background.)

One great tip that we learned was to glue the artwork, then cut on the edge of the artwork rather than the drawn line. This method insures that the cut is always at the edge of the artwork. In using the jig this way, you always have the artwork centered and the cutting is determined by the artwork. (Note: the drawing on the left shows how you cut around the artwork leaving a triangle that acts as the pivot.

After the cutting, we then worked the panels so that they would open and close easily.

These drawings were made by one of our members
 and she put them on both sides of the panels.

The last step is to affix the accordion to the cover. In this case,
 the tab was enclosed (sandwiched) between the folded cover.

Now for the finished books!

This is one of Dolores' samples. These are origami folded kimonos. 
With the right weight of paper for the structure, even three dimensional
 objects can be part of this book.

I wish you could have been here to see these. We had our own artists drawing things, photographs of a new litter of kittens, glittery red lipstick, magazine cut outs. Every color imaginable was used on the structures. And, just like Becky, we were all smiling.

The cats on the upper left are photos of murals found around town


Not a party, but wildlife none the less.
 (Notice that the panels can face to the front cover of the book.)

The artist chose to face these panels toward the back.

Here, the panels are displayed toward the center.

Hand drawn figures on both sides.

This one has a delightful sense of humor and glitter!

The last tip we received was about covers. This structure is intended for displaying open and with the tail (bottom edge) resting flat on the table. If the bottom of the panels and the cover are not flush, the book will always lean forward and not display the panels correctly or be stable.
Our workshops always seem to show our sense of fun, color, sophistication... whatever we bring that day. Thanks Dolores.

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