Paper Arts

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Taught by Jonathan Soma

Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, and plans on getting married to Waffle House. In his more droll moments he is a tragic sellout to higher ed as a professor of data journalism at Columbia University's journalism school.

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There are a ton of things you can do with paper, here are just a few:

We'll make it! Turn scrap paper into amazing new pieces of paper. It'll be dyed, scented, and taken to the edge of the abyss and back again.

We'll bind it! Man, I love bookbinding. Nothing is better than taking a bunch of paper and turning it into something so real and permanent. We'll cover Coptic binding, Japanese stab binding, and a million other ways of putting a book together. Impress your friends by knowing why fancy books these days have jagged edges!

We'll fold it! We all loved fortune tellers in 3rd grade, but let's kick it up a bit. We'll cover the mathematics of origami, the physics of paper planes, and open a beer bottle with a single piece of paper. We'll also make a ton of fun things!

We'll cut it! Look up papercutting. It's beautiful, and sometimes Polish!

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