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Make a Self-Closing Wrapper

Make your own customised self-closing wrapper

The Self-Closing Wrapper has utilitarian roots. Designed as a temporary holding device for library conservation purposes, it is simple to make and can hold one or several items that are awaiting rebinding or are too fragile to stand alone on a library shelf. Outside its historical usage, this wrapper is remarkably versatile. Customise the self-closing wrapper to the size of a book you already own or use with many other types of structures.

In this easy-to-follow illustrated tutorial, you’ll learn how to make your own customised self-closing wrapper - the perfect way to personalise gifts this season.

Part of our 24 Days of Advent collection, inspiring ideas for the holiday season.

Taken from The Art of the Fold by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol with permission from Laurence King.


Your Instructor


Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol
Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol

Hedi Kyle has been described as a book structure magician. She recently retired as Head Conservator at the American Philosophical Society, and was Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her one-of-a-kind constructions have been exhibited internationally.

Ulla Warchol graduated from The Cooper Union in New York City with a degree in architecture. After working in the field in the 1990s, Ulla has spent the last two decades developing a multidisciplinary approach to structure. She leans toward a broad exploration of materials and techniques in both large-scale and small-scale works.


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