Iris folding takes its name from the spiral pattern made by the overlapping metal leaves that make up the iris in the lens of a camera. Traditional iris-folded designs still resemble a simple spiral, but more advanced and contemporary techniques bear little similarity to this original pattern. The common factors in any iris-folded design are that the pattern is worked from the back over an aperture cut into card, and it involves using layers of folded strips of paper.
This book contains twenty-four tear-out iris folding papers that the author has designed herself. Although all the papers can be used with any iris-folded design, they were created specifically for those featured in 'Iris Folding', published by Search Press as part of the Passion for Paper series. The eight papers you need for the six projects and variations in the book are supplied at the back of 'Iris Folding' as well as being reproduced here, and there are sixteen additional designs and colourways that will allow you to extend and develop your own ideas.
Michelle Powell studied design and display at Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology before going on to train as a teacher at Bath College of Higher Education. She majored in printing and papermaking and graduated with a degree in teaching art. Previously editor of Practical Crafts and Scrapbook Magic magazines, Michelle is now a full time craft project designer and author. Michelle is currently building her own house with her partner Christian.