Trinity Knot


For this piece I set out to create a trinity knot, a traditional Celtic symbol, out of a book. For the piece I found a technique, which involved folding the pages of books in trapezoids of various sizes and angles to create lines that in the video, wrote words. In this case I wanted to create a symbol and the technique worked all the same to do that. The first step in creating the symbol in the book is to put the image you want to create into Photoshop and then run as many vertical lines through the image that its width will allow. With this template you must now select the book with the right amount of pages for all the folds. This is the part I struggled most with because I wanted to center the symbol as well as I could in the book but calculating the exact number of folds proved to be difficult and sometimes the numbering of the book’s pages was done irregularly throwing off the calculation. This was the problem I encountered with my second book where I even knew the exact amount of fold that I needed. Next by folding the corners to the outline of the part of the symbol I was trying to create over and over I was able to create the knot. If I was to go about any aspect of the piece differently I would without a doubt try to center the symbol in the book’s pages better. All in all I am very pleased with the way the symbols came out in the books, but my only disappointments with the piece is their placement.


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