This September, kirigami paper artist and design director Marc Hagan-Guirey is publishing Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami, a slice-and-dice-it-yourself book of cut-and-fold projects inspired by his first public exhibit of the same name.
Like origami, kirigami involves a lot of imaginative engineering expressed through folding paper, with an added level of complexity: you can make cuts to further enhance your project. You’ve still got to work with a single sheet of paper, though – no glue or tape allowed. If that seems intimidating, don’t worry, Hagan-Guirey’s book is “suitable for folding experts and beginners alike”.
Each project features step-by-step instructions and a template that you remove from the book. You then follow the lines on the template, cutting and folding to make your own kirigami model. All you need is a scalpel, a cutting mat and a ruler. Clear cutting tips help you with the tricky stages and give you an order in which to complete your work, while photos of the finished model show you the final design.
I’d love to try my hand at projects like The Howler, but my manual dexterity rates somewhere between “sleepy puppy” and “stoned person wearing oven mitts”, so I would make a fucking mess out of any of these projects.
Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami comes out September 1st, and is available for pre-order on Amazon in the US, UK and Canada. You can see more of Hagan-Guirey’s kirigami projects here, and he’s @pixeldandy on Twitter.