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Graphic Sculpture: Paper Prints and the ‘Möbius Strip’

The Möbius Strip is a surface with only one side and one edge boundary and exists in 3-D space as a spatial conundrum.

Studio Table Top one

Demonstration of development of double sided print image and structure in continuum. The concept is to develop a 3-D print image with relief image and perforations. Magnetic Paper may be the key to structural closure and support. To develop the concept of the ‘Möbious Strip as Graphic Sculpture’ I have recycled images from my ‘Touching Glasgow’ mural, The Law School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. It is site-specific and based on low-relief sculpture and tiles found in various sites in Glasgow. All the images are circular in form.  The table top images show the Trial & Error approach for this new purpose; attempts to secure the form and function of the object and its feasibility as a printed flexible form. All the trials are photocopies and stiffened to create the right degree of structural strength and form.

Studio tabletop one

Studio Table Top two

Studio tabletop 2

Trial & Error of various topics and structures including Origami and Paper Weaving,  Felt with Buckram, and multi-layered structures.

‘Tamil Band’ &  ‘Puzzle Bridge’

Both seen here on a mirror surface that adds to the ambiguity and rhythm of the image and object.

Left: ‘TAMIL BAND’ when seen flat is a complete inter-cut circle

Right: ‘PUZZLE BRIDGE’ is a double-sided print of a semi-3D Arabic tile on a Möbius Strip. The mirror allows a view of the rear to show its ‘double-sided’ nature.

Part Bonded Sheets and Folded Forms

Two Views – ‘T’ Shaped Plan Flat Form & Bi-Fold Planes
Perforated & Folded Coloured Card in 6 colours. It can take on a number of different formats. It can also lay flat for storage.

Bangle Forms

Left: ‘NAGELE MUSEUM’ 12 part Bangle Form
12 Letters and two words meet to form the object with words in continuous flow

Right: ‘GOLDEN CROWN’ 10 Part Bangle

The Bangle Form:  each letter form is within a single square space on a 8″ x 1″ proportion strip. Each strip has multiple folds that bond one strip to the next like a basket weave. The remaining 7 square parts are unseen and bound up in the structure. It has great strength with a solid feel. The new plan is to swap the type for animated images using Lenticular imaging technology.

Print & Cut & Fold & Origami


Double-Sided Print on Card showing 2-D plan with Tab & 3-D image after twisting and fixing. The colours repeat on the inner face. Shape and format create the 3-D aspect.



2 Sheet Cube with Truncated Corner
3 Identical Planes meet on a closed volume
Made from 2 flat sheets of paper with no cutting, simply folded creating an enclosed volume, a truncated cuboid in its form.  I am researching thin lenticular materials that will allow a Print – Cut – Fold method of construction.  Lenticular ‘Flip’ technique has a simple animation appearance which can change colour, patterns, etc, according to angle of view.


Nagele Museum, Holland
Maquette for a Printed Synthetic Felt Object
Synthetic Felt has the behavioural characteristics of paper by its thickness and weight. It is easily laminated and bonded with a Heat Press. The strips are flat when printed. I have adapted my Heat Press to take cylindrical materials. I am researching Magnetic Paper as a bonding method.  Lenticular images may replace the words, perhaps as this simple model has many possibilities.