July 23 – 28, 2018

Paper Engineering from the Bauhaus: Josef Albers to the Modern Day

Eric Gjerde

One of the mainstays of the Bauhaus preliminary course for first-year students was working with paper – to make something more with it that still spoke to the essential qualities of the paper itself. These exercises led them on a path of self-discovery and observational “learning through doing.”

Paper artist Eric Gjerde leads a course of experimentation and discovery in the spirit of Josef Alber’s preliminary course, using historical paper art exercises and creations from the Bauhaus School as well as modern designs and ideas that build on the original concepts. Paper architecture, pop-up structures, origami tessellations, kirigami, and complex crumpling are some of the techniques students on this course will explore.

In this course we will follow a Bauhaus / Black Mountain College style form of discussion, open exercises and experimentation, and constructive group critique. Students will take techniques and create their own works within various design constraints, in line with Bauhaus methodology. Our intent is to open minds and expand horizons (while also having a lot of fun playing with paper!)

Best suited for: anyone dealing professional or personally with geometry, form and structure, and exploration of shapes and space. Like designers, architects or (paper-) artists. Some practical knowledge of paperfolding is useful but not required.

Course Languages: English

What to bring: materials and tools will be provided, but if you have preferred paper, cutting tools, rulers, etc. then you are welcome to bring them. In line with the original Bauhaus workshops we will be working with our hands and basic tools only in an entirely analog format.

Eric Gjerde (Minnesota, USA, 1978) is a paper artist who explores shape and structure using complex folding techniques he developed through years of experimentation. He began his journey into the world of paper 13 years ago, returning to a childhood love of paper in an effort to restore his creative spirits. This led to a deeper appreciation for the beauty of origami, resulting in the publication of his popular book “Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs”. His main focus lies in tessellations — repeating patterns and forms that extend infinitely — and most recently in the development of new biological “living” paper mediums. Gjerde works from his studio in Minneapolis, together with his wife and artistic partner Ioana Stoian.

For more information: www.ericgjerde.com