The essential focus of the collection is on artists' books and the broader topics of the Book Arts: letterpress printing, fine binding, handpapermaking and paper decoration.

Through February 23, 2013

Visit the on-line exhibition here.

"You and I were born from folding," says origami artist Paul Jackson. Think about folding. Origami artists fold paper; we know this: paper folding is at the core of origami's definition. But folding also exists in nature. DNA folds. The vital proteins in cells fold. Sound waves, in their way, fold the air, creating the disturbances that translate to sound. Geometric folding is everywhere around us.

The Vanessa Gould documentary "Between the Folds" (Green Fuse Films, 2009) is the inspiration for our exhibition. This film explores the artistic importance of origami and then moves on to origami's connections to the world beyond art: to math, to science, to engineering. "All of these paperfolders," Gould says, "artists and scientists alike, whether producing beautiful objects or finding new ways to fold airbags or space telescopes, are involved in a creative effort."
In "Born from Folding," we bring together some of the artists from the film with other paperfolding artists from around the world as we further explore how a flat sheet of paper can evolve through creative effort into something completely different. To further enhance the conversation, artists' books from the Jaffe Collection are also included in the exhibition: books that deal with science, math, and engineering as only artists' books can.

Great complexity can often be found in simple actions: like the folding of a sheet of paper.

Featured origami artists: Christiane Bettens, Philip Chapman-Bell, Joel Cooper, Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, Lydia Diard, Christine Edison, Melina Hermsen, Andrew Hudson, Peter Keller, Ralf Konrad, Yoshinobu Miyamoto, and Matthew Shlian.

Featured book artists: Susan Angebranndt, Timothy Ely, Steven Ferlauto, Daniel Kelm, Andrew Hoyem, Michael Kidner, Warja Lavater, Ken Leslie, Jim Machachek, Russel Maret, Terrence McKenna, Jeffrey Morin, Sybil Rubottom, Veronika Sch├Ąpers, Dana Smith, Karen Wirth, and Rutherford Witthus.

Currently scheduled screenings:
Saturday January 12: Two afternoon screenings at 1:00 PM and at 3:00 PM.
Saturday January 19: Two afternoon screenings at 2:00 PM and at 4:00 PM.

Origami events, workshops, gallery talks, and screenings of "Between the Folds" will take place over the course of the exhibition. As dates and times for these events become concrete, we will post them on the JCBA Events webpage  and the JCBA Workshops webpage, as well as at the JCBA Facebook page.


      This exhibition is accessible in the public areas of the Wimberly Library (First Floor Main Lobby and Third Floor JCBA Lobby). Regular library hours are Monday to Thursday 7:40 AM to 2 AM, Friday 7:40 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 10:30 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, Noon to 2 AM.


Current Exhibition

The Last Word

Summer 2015

Past Exhibitions

Dialogue Revisited

Spring 2015

Elephant House

Spring 2015

Born from folding

 Early Spring 2013


Spring 2012


Late Fall/Early Spring, 2010/2011

Carbon Alternative

Fall 2010

Proceed and be Bold!

Spring 2010

Animated Library

Spring 2010 


Spring 2010