December 24, 2012

Kirigami Christmas Eve

From Samsung a lovely example of the old arts meeting and then merging with new technology.

While I have seen examples of Kirigami before I had never really made the connection that my little paper buildings are part of that art form.

I now have more two additional buildings designed to go with the Tiny Village scene, that makes ten so far. I am really looking forward to cutting the prototypes of them in the next couple of days.

Each time I design one I figure out new methods of folding for adding more complexity to the shapes without adding to the difficulty of assembling them. This is rather addictive as the reward is indeed a surge of pleasure from both the virtual 3D design and the fun of the reality of a completed  3D paper building that will rest in the palm of my hand. The hunt for inspiration is also fun. I am not making copies of any real life buildings or even copies of vintage glitter houses.

I take my inspiration from traditional details and the basic massing of shapes of historic buildings. I generally start with the idea of a basic form in mind say an L shaped house of two stories with a dormer. Then I start shaping the building, pushing and pulling, trimming here, adding there, changing the roof pitch until the proportions please me. After that comes windows, doors, chimneys and such. They are tiny sculptures.

December 22, 2012

2 Nights Before Christmas

photo by Karin Corbin
UPDATE:  You can now buy the tiny paper building kits at my Etsy Store!

Twas two nights before Christmas and there arose such a clatter I went to my desk to check out the matter. From out of the chimney appeared a new tiny wonder! A little shop, and could there be any doubt that it is a toy store on a night such as this?
photo copyright Karin Corbin 2012

Going shopping is a dangerous thing at Christmas time. I discovered a small battery operated LED light set that can be used with the village. The wires can be bent so the lights will slip up into the holes in the base of the buildings. Ah perfect, except that it has 12 lights. It could easily be trimmed to 7 lights but of course now I simply must design a Tiny Village Annex with 5 more buildings to take advantage of all 12 lights.

Patience my friends, I have to finish moving by the end of this month but then I will start working on  more buildings. At least 3 of them will be shops. What will the other two be? That is a mystery to me too :) Of course you are welcome to add your suggestions to the comments section.

For those who want  to know the lights are from a company called Darice, the package says Moon Lights, product code is Moon-100. These are warm white LEDs, just the right strength for a nice glow that is not too harsh. Each LED has a clear coating on it which defuses the glow to soften the light. I purchased my set at one of the large size Joann Fabric Stores in the floral section.

You can also find the small Darice Moon light sets on  They come in colors other than white such as blue, pink, red, yellow, green. The blue is perfect for a spooky haunted house!

If you are going to trim the set back to only 7 lights be sure to coat the cut ends of the wire with a little dab of nail polish varnish to prevent an accidental electrical short.