Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
I’m a kirigami artist and design director. I started making kirigami about 3 years ago. It makes me feel like a kid again. Kirigami is cutting and folding paper. In it’s simplest form it’s making a snow flake from paper to more complex architectural replicas.
Tell us a bit about the book?
The overall theme of the book is of course Horror. It takes references from film, TV and literature as well as my own experience whilst growing up in a superstitious town. Beyond that I think it’ll appeal to fans of architecture too. There are projects for beginners and those who've worked their way through the book will hopefully be challenged by the advanced ones.
What was the inspiration behind it?
The book is based on my 2012 solo exhibition of the same name – Horrorgami. 13 buildings based on haunted locations from film and TV. It’s a sequel of sorts. These are 20 new single sheet kirigami models.
Which is your favourite project?
I love them all because they each offer something different. In saying that I’m very fond of the House of Usher – it’s graphic looking with the crack running down the building.
What is your craft space like?
My working space is Immaculate. I bought my desk at auction a few years back. It’s a huge black lacquered 1950’s think on Chrome legs. Very Mad Men. If it’s not polished I can’t work. All of my tools are out of sight and I only take out what I need to work. You could argue this comes across in my work.
Have you always been creative?
I've always been creative. I was much happier being indoors as a kid making stuff than going outside. I would hoard cardboard boxes, toilet roll tubes, egg cartons – that was my currency. I would barter for them in exchange for doing house hold chores. I think I was just a dreamer as a kid - not terribly confident so I’d loose myself in conjuring up fantasy worlds which would then manifest in crafting something - most commonly in the form of a play set for my action figures.
When did you first start crafting?
Bizarrely one of the earliest things I can remember making was an edible 'Hansel and Gretel gingerbread house.’ You know one of those kits. I must have been 5 or 6. I was obsessed with it – I was obsessed with Hansel and Gretel actually. I was all about the part where she was pushed in the fire. I can also remember making this very macabre peep hole horror scene using a shoe box. Like a little perspective theatre.
Who are your crafty heroes?
My favourite author is Iain Banks especially The Wasp Factory. I also read a lot of Stephen King.
Where do you find inspiration?
To be honest I don’t look for inspiration. It just happens upon me. Obviously I enjoy certain genres of film. I listen to a lot of film scores that always put me in to mood to dream. I’ll walk round a corner and spot a detail on a building I like. I’ll be absent-mindedly flicking through a book or a magazine and I’ll see title that excites me enough to kick start a daydream.
What's next for you?
I'm researching another book and have started sketching ideas for another exhibition. Though that will be some time away.
Paper Dandy's Horrorgami